Podtalk: ‘Relative’ by Michael Glover Smith, Digital Streaming Beginning on May 21, 2024

Relative Roberts and Stam

CHICAGO – Writer/director Michael Glover Smith’s award-winning feature film “Relative” (2022) was snapped up by Chicago-based Music Box Films, and will have its Digital release on May 21st, 2024. But first, how about one more special screening at the historic Music Box Theatre on Wednesday, May 15th. Click RELATIVE at for tickets and info.

Podtalk: Co-Founder Ian LeWinter of TV/Film Creator ‘DAO’ Film.io

CHICAGO – When an entrepreneur is also a storyteller, they work to make that creativity happen. Ian LeWinter is the co-founder of Film.io, or FILMIO, a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) that seeks to make a creator’s dream come true in the ever-evolving Film and TV production industry. Click FILM.IO to begin the journey.

Podtalk: Michael Shannon & Travis A. Knight in Red Orchid’s ‘Turret’ Through June 9, 2024

CHICAGO – One of Chicago’s icon theater actors … Michael Shannon … is performing again in town, in the company that he co-founded. Red Orchid Theatre presents Michael Shannon and Travis A. Knight in the World Premiere of “Turret” by Levi Holloway, now at the Chopin Theatre through June 9, 2024.

Podtalk: Programmer Raul Benitez on FACETS Chicago Speakeasy Cinema on May 11. 2024

Speakeasy Saloon 2024

CHICAGO – Get out your flapper dresses and raccoon coats as FACETS Chicago goes back to the early talkies and so-called “pre-code” films, paired with a cocktail bar at their new “Speakeasy Cinema,” programmed by Raul Benitez. The first film is “The Doorway to Hell” (1930) on Saturday May 11th, starting at 6:30p. For ticket info and more details, click SPEAKEASY.

Podtalk: Brittani Ward for ‘Single Car Crashes’ at Midwest Film Fest in Milwaukee, May 11, 2024

Midwest Film Fest May 2024

CHICAGO – The Midwest Film Festival of Chicago is on the road this weekend and heading north to Milwaukee to screen writer/director Brittani Ward’s award-winning “Single Car Crashes” at the historic Oriental Theatre on May 11, 2024 (11am). For details and tickets for this road show event, click MFF ROAD TRIP.

Film News: Cinema Femme Film Festival, Two Closing Night Shorts Programs on May 1, 2024

Cinema Femme Film Festival 2024

CHICAGO – The Closing Night of the 2024 Cinema Femme Film Festival will be the short film showcase, based on letter writing themes, as the “Sincerely, Yours” block will start at 7:30pm, and “P.S.” will begin at 9:30pm. Both programs will be at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. For more information and tickets, click SINCERELY or P.S.

Podtalk: Cinema Femme Film Fest to Honor Filmmaker Haroula Rose

CHICAGO – Haroula Rose has made a mark on creative culture as a filmmaker, musician and performer, and the Cinema Femme Short Film Festival will acknowledge her on the April 25th Opening Night with a Special Tribute to Haroula, beginning at 7pm at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. For more information, click ROSE.

Podtalk: Quin Mathews JFK/Dallas Doc at the Dallas International Film Fest, Apr 25-May 2, 2024

Dallas International Film Festival 2024

CHICAGO – The Dallas International Film Festival Opens on Thursday, April 25th and runs through May 2nd, 2024. On April 26th, director Quin Mathews will screen his documentary “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination 60 Years Later.” For more tickets and more information about the Dallas International Film Fest, click DIFF.

Podtalk: Rebecca Martin Fagerholm of Cinema Femme Short Film Festival, Apr. 25-May 2, 2024

CHICAGO – Rebecca Martin Fagerholm has built the Cinema Femme Short Film Festival from online beginnings to primary in-person events, and the 6th festival will open at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on April 25th, 2024, with a tribute to filmmaker Haroula Rose. For details and program information, click CINEMA FEMME.

Red Carpet: Dazzling Season 18 Closing Night of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Film Festival

CHICAGO – The spotlight and excitement was at the Final Weekend of Season 18 for Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). The buzz was for APUC Bright Star Awardee Carlos Chan. The respect was for Hong Kong legend Rebecca Pan, who received APUC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, all during Hong Kong Cinema Showcase.

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  • Michael Shannon and Travis A. Knight, Red Orchid's TURRET

    CHICAGO – When in the presence of a powerful acting force like Michael Shannon, the depth of performance is emotional and passionately essential. He co-leads with Travis A. Knight in Red Orchid Theatre’s World Premiere of Levi Holloway’s “Turret,” just extended to June 22nd at the Chopin Theatre.

  • Joe Turner's Come and Gone Goodman Theatre

    CHICAGO – The late playwright August Wilson left a gift to the world in the form of his “American Century Cycle,” a series of plays each individually set in a decade of the 20th Century, focusing on the black experience. Chicago’s Goodman Theatre presents Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” now through May 19th, 2024 (click here).


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