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CCFF2022: Preview of ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’ & ‘Palm Trees and Power Lines’ on May 17

Straighten Up and Fly Right

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY FIVE, and will feature two significant films from women directors … “Straighten Up and Fly Right” by Kristen Abate (with co-director Steven Tanenbaum) and “Palm Trees and Power Lines” by Jamie Back. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Chicago Critic’s Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Boogie Nights,’ on May 16

Boogie Nights

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY FOUR, and will feature the film “Boogie Nights” – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – in a special 25th Anniversary screening. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Preview of ‘Hold Your Fire’ with Stefan Forbes, May 15, 2022, at Music Box Theatre

Hold Your Fire CCFF 2022

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is on DAY THREE, and will feature “Hold Your Fire,” a tense documentary recounting a police incident in 1973 New York City, directed by Stefan Forbes. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Preview of ‘To Leslie’ with Producer Ceci Cleary, May 14, 2022, at Music Box Theatre

To Leslie CCFF 2022

CHICAGO – The 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) is rolling right along as the second night will feature “To Leslie,” a redemption film that features an excellent Andrea Risborough, directed by Michael Morris and produced by BluewaterLane Productions, who are represented by producer Ceci Cleary. The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

CCFF2022: Opening Night Portraits of Director/Actor Cooper Raiff for ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

CHICAGO – The lines were out the door, the buzz was in the air and the Opening Night film of the 9th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) was “Cha Cha Real Smooth.” The Fest continues through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

Film News: 2022 Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens with “Cha Cha Real Smooth” on May 13

CHICAGO – Another great film festival is back, as the full Chicago Critics Film Festival opens on May 13th, 2022, with “Cha Cha Real Smooth” at the Music Box Theatre. The Fest runs through May 19th, click CCFF for schedule and ticket info.

Event News: Anita Hill & John Waters Highlight Chicago Humanities Festival on May 7, 2022

Anita Hill, John Waters, CHF 2022

CHICAGO – The Spring Season continues on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, as the Chicago Humanities Festival presents an amazing day of forums and speakers. Kicking off the day will be a woman of history … in a week where we need her … as Anita Hill speaks on the topic of “Believing Women,” the subject of her new book. Ending the day will be mondo film director John Waters, speaking on his new book, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” In between, the full day will have many other forums and discussions, click CHF MAY 7TH for schedule, details and ticket information.

Film News: ‘Alternative Takes’ at First Tuesdays for Midwest Film Festival, May 3, 2022

MFF First Tuesdays 2022 May

CHICAGO – The outsider point of view will highlight the Midwest Film Festival at their First Tuesday “Alternative Takes,” beginning at 7pm on May 3rd at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Nine short films with with distinct atmospheres and unique points of view will screen, featuring a range of dark humor, heartfelt expressions and a mix of experiences for the senses. For tickets, click MFF FIRST TUESDAY.

Via Zoom: Darryl Roberts on Sports Doc ‘I’m Fine, (Not) Really’

CHICAGO – Mental health and sports have been in the spotlight the last couple of years. The high profile breakdowns of tennis star Naomi Osaka and Olympian Simone Biles, as well as the confessions of swimmer Michael Phelps, has drawn scrutiny towards sports and mindful stress. Director Darryl Roberts explores this in his new doc, “I’m Fine, (Not) Really.”

Via Zoom: ‘Bye Bye Chicago’ Premieres at Chicago Latino Film Fest

CHICAGO – The 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) wraps up on Sunday, May 1st, 2022, but not before premiering a locally based film entitled “Bye Bye Chicago.” The playwright Roma Díaz makes his fiction feature film debut as writer/co-director alongside co-director Enrique Gaona, Jr.

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • Murder on Horizon

    CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.

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