45th Chicago International Film Festival Spotlight

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It is hard to believe that it has been 45 years since Chicago’s Michael Kutza put on his first film festival. At that time, there was not even a red carpet. The Chicago International Film Festival has grown to become the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. Some of the biggest names in the business now come every year. “I love the thrill – the thrill of discovering something new and sharing my pride with this city I love. Here’s to the next 45,” Kutza said.

It was quite refreshing to see all the beaming faces on and off the Red Carpet for the opening premier of the Uma Thurman film “Motherhood,” which stars Uma Thurman. She was lovely and very approachable. She walked the Red Carpet stopping to talk to everyone for more than 45 minutes, and she was having a great time doing it.

An international film star, Jacqueline Bisset has done a wide range of challenging dramatic and comedic roles. She has appeared in more than 50 films in the United States and Europe. Her most recent film, “Death in Love,” has only reminded everyone of her great talent. Some of her classic films include: “Day For Night,” “The Deep,” “Under the Volcano,” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

We are proud of the six young graduates from Columbia College that formed a film company called Beverly Ridge Pictures. These young men (John W. Bosher, Brian Caunter, Chris Charles, William S. Maursky, Kevin Moss and Philip S. Plowden) are not afraid to take chances. They walked down the red carpet at the AMC River East Theater as the first- time filmmakers of “Chicago Overcoat.”

Stars Frank Vincent (The Sopranos and “Casino”) and Danny Goldring (“Inherit the Wind” and “A Red Orchid”) were on hand on the red carpet to answer any questions about the fictional shoot-em-up mob drama. The entire film was shot on location in Chicago, as well as at the Joliet Correctional Center.

Vincent loved the script from the first time he read it and was happy to perform alongside his fellow Soprano’s cast member Katherine Narducci, and actors Mike Starr, Armand Assante and Stacy Keach.

About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...

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