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Exclusive Portraits: Katie Couric at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Festival

CHICAGO – Media journalist Kate Couric came to the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) as an Executive Producer for the film “No Ordinary Campaign,” the story of Brian Wallach and wife Sandra Abrevaya, who decided to use their political acumen to create change when Brian was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Exclusive Portrait: Nikki Haley for Her Recently Released Book

Nikki Haley, Photo by Joe Arce 2022

CHICAGO – Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and the first woman U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., is throwing her new book into the ring “If You Want Something Done: Leadership Lessons from Bold Women.” She appeared on behalf of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, on October 3rd, 2022.

Slideshow: Galaxy of Rising Stars on Red Carpet at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

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Anna Diop on the Red Carpet for ‘Nanny.’

CHICAGO – The spotlight that is the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) shines on the future big names in the movies, and this years festival was no exception.

Slideshow: ‘No Ordinary Campaign’ on Red Carpet at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest, Oct. 21, 2022

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Brian Wallach and Sandra Abrevaya for ‘No Ordinary Campaign.’

CHICAGO – One of the most passionate documentaries at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) was “No Ordinary Campaign.” The story of Brian Wallach and wife Sandra Abrevaya, who decided to use their political acumen to make change when Brian was diagnosed with ALS, was to bring the fight to Washington.

Red Carpet: Director Sarah Polley at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

CHICAGO – Writer/Director Sarah Polley is back with her new film “Women Talking,” and attended a screening at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on October 20th, 2022. After making her name as a in-demand actor, Polley has since directed films like “Away From Her” and “Stories We Tell.”

Red Carpet: Reverend Al Sharpton at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

Al Sharpton, photo by Joe Arce 2022

CHICAGO – The Reverend Al Sharpton has been a “Loudmouth” … as the new documentary on his life and work is called … virtually all his life. His outspoken activism began a year after Dr. King was killed, when Sharpton became Youth Director of Operation Breadbasket at age 15, and continues to today, especially around the killing of George Floyd. Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on the Red Carpet at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival.

Slideshow: Kathryn Hahn of ‘Glass Onion’ on Red Carpet at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

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Kathryn Hahn on the 58th CIFF Red Carpet for ‘Glass Onion.’

CHICAGO – The front of Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre was abuzz with celebrity stardom as Kathryn Hahn appeared on behalf of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on October 18th, 2022. Patrick McDonald and photographer Joe Arce were there.

Red Carpet: Mary McCartney at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

CHICAGO – The final studio album from The Beatles was entitled “Abbey Road,” which was named after the studio they recorded their run of now-iconic musical history. That history and more about the studio is highlighted in the new documentary “If These Walls Could Sing.” The doc is directed by Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul.

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.

Red Carpet: Darren Aronofsky's 'The Whale' at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

CHICAGO – One of the buzziest films of the Awards season is “The Whale,” featuring an high-level performance by Brendan Fraser and directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler”). The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFFl had “The Whale” as a showcase, and Aronofsky walked the Red Carpet.

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