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On-Air Film Review: Future is Now in Yance Ford’s ‘Power’

Power

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the new documentary “Power,” directed by Yance Ford, as a supplement informational survey of the history and militarization of the U.S. police force. Currently streaming on Netflix since May 17th.

Vodcast: Kicking the Seat Presents the Cop Drama 'Serpico' (1973)

Serpico, KICKING THE SEAT

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on Ian Simmons’ Vodcast, KICKING THE SEAT, talking the 1973 Cop Drama classic, “Serpico” … it’s 50th Anniversary. Why was this particular anniversary film chosen? Because it was once parodied in MAD MAGAZINE as “Serpicool.”

Podtalk: Series Co-Creator Diallo Riddle on Season 3 of ‘South Side’

CHICAGO – One the brightest comedies set in Chicago is “South Side,” created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The series began on Comedy Central and moved to HBO Max, and Season Three began streaming on December 8th, 2022, with the same free-wheeling and hilarious misadventures of Simon and Kareme.

Red Carpet: Director Mo McRae at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

Mo McRae, photo by Joe Arce 2022

CHICAGO – Actor and director Mo McRae brought his debut feature film, “A Lot of Nothing” to the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on October 15th, 2022, and took a walk down the Red Carpet.

On-Air Film Review: Thanking Them for Their Service in ‘Breaking’

Breaking

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 25th, reviewing “Breaking,” a based on truth stand-off drama between the police and a recovering military veteran. The film is in theaters beginning August 26th.

Podtalk: Director Michelle Danner Catches Up to ‘The Runner’

CHICAGO – When it comes to the passion of filmmaker Michelle Danner, there are no limits. She has five feature credits as director, a film in post production, two more in pre-production, and, oh yes, she’s an L.A. acting instructor and producer/actor. “The Runner” is her latest, and opens in theaters on August 19th, 2022.

Via Zoom: Director Stefan Forbes Wants You to ‘Hold Your Fire’

CHICAGO – Police reform and procedural alternatives in the U.S. continue to be in a hurricane of evolution. Despite the attention that the George Floyd incident brought to the perception, the law enforcement culture continues to resist. Stefan Forbes goes back to the past (1973), to inform them (and us) that change can work with his new documentary “Hold Your Fire.”

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.

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.

Via Zoom: Diallo Riddle on Season Two of ‘South Side’ on HBO Max

CHICAGO – One the brightest comedies set in Chicago is “South Side,” created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The pair moved the show from Comedy Central to HBO Max, and Season Two dropped for streaming on November 11th, 2021, with the same free-wheeling and hilarious misadventures of Simon and Kareme.

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    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.

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