Podtalk: Deidre Searcy of 40th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Nov. 3-19, 2023

CHICAGO – Opening Night of the 40th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s (CICFF40) is November 3rd, and Festival Director Deidre Searcy presents a night at Chicago History Museum. For details/tickets, click CICFF.

Podtalk: Raul Benitez on Chicago/Mexico City Cinema Exchange, in Theaters June 12, 14 & 16

Chicago/Mexico City 2023

CHICAGO – In a program that launched during the pandemic, the Chicago/Mexico City Cinema Exchange began highlighting works from Chicago and Mexico City Filmmakers. Continuing forward with in-person screenings, the theme this year is displacement, and one of the curators of the event is Chicago film influencer Raul Benitez. The screenings will take place on three days at three Chicago venues, beginning June 12th, 2023 at (click for tickets) the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Film News: 18th CineYouth Film Festival on Tap for April 21-23, 2023

CineYouth Fest 2023

CHICAGO – The future is now at the 2023 CineYouth Film Festival, taking place this upcoming weekend April 21st-23rd, at FACETS cinema in Chicago, CineYouth features 65 local, national and international short films from creators that are children, teens and young adults up to 22 years old.

Podtalk: Dr. Jessica Steinrock, Appearing at FACETS on Intimacy Coordination, Apr. 15, 2023

Jessica Steinrock, FACETS

CHICAGO – The world broke open and came to a more evolved place after the digital campaign of #MeToo and #TimesUp late last decade. In the entertainment industry especially, the stories of institutional sexual harassment was legion and pervasive.

Podtalk: Karen Cardarelli of FACETS Talks 2023 Plans & Beyond

CHICAGO – To indicate how the timeline is off during the pandemic period, Karen Cardarelli has been Executive Director of FACETS cinema since February of 2020, but impact began post pandemic. Besides reformulating FACETS, she also is spearheading the beginnings of the Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals.

Via Zoom: Introducing Karen Cardarelli, Exec Director of FACETS

CHICAGO – Karen Cardarelli has a plan. She was named Executive Director of Chicago’s FACETS Multi-Media in February of 2020, and during that time she has overseen its evolution. Currently, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is being presented through November 20th. Click CICFF for info/schedule/tickets.

Film News: Halloween Movie Nights … Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Logan and Music Box Theatres

APUC Horror Cinema 2022

CHICAGO – Time to get your scare on, and Chicago has the cinema treats that will have you screaming! For the month of October 2022 … Halloween month, natch … one Film Festival (APUC, Asian Pop-Up Cinema) and two city theaters (Logan Theatre and Music Box Theatre) has special spooky programming that is guaranteed to have you jumping in your seat. Links and details be-loooooooow!

Via Zoom: Ryan Saunders of 17th CineYouth Fest, April 22-24, 2022

CHICAGO – The future is now at the 2022 CineYouth Festival, taking place this upcoming weekend in person, April 22nd-24th, at FACETS in Chicago. The 17th annual CineYouth features 71 international short films from creators that are children, teens and young adults up to 22 years old. The Festival Director is Ryan Saunders.

Film News: Chicago’s FACETS In-Person & Virtual Film Camps, June 23 to Aug 27, 2021

FACETS Film Camps 2021

CHICAGO – It’s summer camp time, and what better destination for budding cinephiles then Film Camp! FACETS cinema a variety of film classes both in-person. virtual/online and hybrids for children/teens from ages eight to 17. For more information and tuition fees, click here.

Film Feature: Preview for 37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Thru Nov. 22, 2020

Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2020

CHICAGO – The great advantage of film festivals this year, if we’re to see a silver lining, is that most of the offerings are available to a wider audience via online virtual screenings. The 37th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will be virtual/online and available to children of all ages from November 13th-22nd, 2020.

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