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Via Zoom: Raul Benitez on the After Dark Series, Chicago International Film Festival

2021 CIFF After Dark

CHICAGO – One of the more popular series at the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) – opening tomorrow, October 13th, 2021 – is the After Dark series. The title screams horror films, but the series also focuses on outliers in categories such as sci-fi, fantasy and the just plain bizarre.

Via Zoom: Sophia Wong Boccio on Hong Kong Films in October 2021 for Asian Pop-Up Cinema

2021 Asian Pop Up Cinema

CHICAGO – The Season 13 “second half” of Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) will focus on several Hong Kong films, leading up to the Season 13 Closing Night (“Limbo”). Click each film to link for more info and tickets.

Film Fest Preview: Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Reeling39, Sep. 23-Oct. 3, 2021

CHICAGO – The 39th edition of the REELING International LBGTQ+ Film Festival kicks off on September 23rd, 2021, offering 33 feature films and nine short film programs. The Opening Night film is “Firebird,” and will screen at the historic Music Box Theatre beginning at 7pm. For more info and tickets, click REELING39.

Via Zoom: REELING39 LGBTQ+ Fest Opener is ‘Firebird’ with Tom Prior

CHICAGO – Opening Night is near – Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 – for the 39th edition of Chicago’s REELING film festival, an International LGBTQ+ showcase. The Opening film is “Firebird,” a based-on-truth gay love story set in Cold War Russia. It features actor Tom Prior, who co-wrote the film with director Peeter Rebane. For more info and tickets, click REELING39.

Film News: Chicago’s FACETS Reopens on Sep. 17, 2021, with ‘Anne at 13,000 Feet’

Anne at 13,000 Feet

CHICAGO – Another Chicago cinema gem is reopening after 18 long months in pandemic shutdown. FACETS is a multimedia gem co-founded by legendary film influencer Milos Stehlik, which has resided on Fullerton Avenue west of the DePaul neighborhood for nearly 50 years.

Film News: Chicago's Asian Pop-Up Cinema Opening Night, Sep. 15, 2021

CHICAGO – Season 13 of Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) is about to launch on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at the AMC River East in Chicago. The Opening Night film is “Ascension” – directed by Jessica Kingdon – an artistically cinematic documentary on the new Chinese Dream. For ticket information, click here.

Film News: Premiere of ‘Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7’ at Gene Siskel Film Center, Sep. 2, 2021

Chicagland Shorts Vol. 7

CHICAGO – For years, Full Spectrum Features has delivered a yearly highlight reel of local Chicago filmmakers producing the area’s best short films. The latest, “Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 7,” is an eclectic collection of voices speaking on subjects such as relationships, trauma and memories. The World Premiere of Vol. 7 is Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. For more info and tickets, click here.

Film News: ‘A Night with Anthony Michael Hall’ at Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove, July 26, 2021

Anthony Michael Hall, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – They’ll be turning back the clock tomorrow night (July 26, 2021) in Downers Grove (Illinois) as iconic 1980s actor Anthony Michael Hall will make an appearance at the Tivoli Theatre introducing “The Breakfast Club” and doing a Q&A. The film starts at 8pm, and for all the details plus ticket purchase information, click here.

Tribeca2021: As Fest Ends, Four More Essential Films to Explore

CHICAGO – That’s a wrap! The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival – a hybrid mix of New York City in-person events and online access – has its last day on Sunday, June 20th. It’s also the last day for Tribeca At Home, click Tribeca2021.

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