Chicago Film Fest 2018: This Changes Everything

Addressing the gender disparity that troubles Hollywood, This Changes Everything is one of the most important documentaries of the year. I can’t exactly point to when all the focus started turning to women directors not getting the same opportunities as men.  That being said, This Changes Everything is equally important to the Amy Adrion-directed Half the Picture.  This two films go hand in hand with a similar focus on women directors. “The door has to…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: Albert Berger’s Keynote

Film producer Albert Berger returned to Chicago to serve as the keynote speaker of the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival Industry Days. Albert Berger never wanted to be a producer.  It just kind of happened that way.  It just so happened that he and producing partner Ron Yerxa just happened to own a copy of This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.  They didn’t even own the theatrical rights when they headed off to the 1989…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: Industry Days – A Midwest Career

During the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival, the panels held during Industry Days allowed for both conversations and networking.  While I was not able to get to everything I wanted to, I was able to get to a few key panels. I don’t go into these panels from the perspective of reporting on them.  Instead, I attend Industry Days for the insights that the panelists offer.  Improv is one of the reasons why I moved…

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Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind The Bunny

Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind The Bunny profiles the man who revolutionized the magazine industry through his role as art director. When people think of the Playboy magazine, it’s not uncommon to think of nude women or founder Hugh Hefner.  The magazine started up in 1953 and would later grow into a full-blown brand in later years with the changing technology.  For the era in which the magazine begun, it would play an…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: [Censored]

[Censored] is a documentary that exposes just a small amount of clips from films that that Australian Film Censorship Board censored during 1958-1971. Australian filmmaker Sari Braithwaite digs deep into the archives of some 2,000 clips from films censored.  Inspired to do so following a short film about censorship battles, she becomes one of few people to see what’s inside.  As a filmmaker, Braithwaite admits that some of the clips she found are “vile.”  Furthermore, these…

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Chicago Film Fest 2018: The City That Sold America

The City That Sold America makes for a captivating look at how innovative advertisers in Chicago would forever change the country. The original Amazon got its start in Chicago.  Not the online retailer but the original mail order catalog.  Without Aaron Montgomery Ward or Richard Warren Sears, history could be looking down a very different light.  Their two companies changed the very foundation of the American economy for better or worse.  The two school of advertising…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: Rafiki (Friend)

With a love story set in the country of Kenya, Rafiki (Friend) announces the coming of Wanuri Kahiu as a filmmaker to watch. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) have always been friends.  This is in spite of their families being the Kenyan equivalent of the Capulet and Montague.  While this may add some tension to their friendship, it doesn’t stop their friendship from becoming something more.  The society that they live in says that they can’t…

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Mimi Plauché talks Chicago Int. Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché took some time to speak with Solzy at the Movies about this year’s film festival.  While we spoke about some of the challenges that come with programming a festival, Mimi tells me the names of films that might be under the radar. Last year saw your first festival since the promotion from programming director to artistic director.  With the promotion, you’ve become one of the very few women…

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54th Chicago International Film Festival Initial Lineup

The first wave of films was announced this afternoon for this October’s 54th Chicago International Film Festival.  The festival runs October 10-21, 2018 at AMC River East 21. “We are very excited to be showcasing new films from some of the most impressive directors in the world, whether returning veterans, such as past Gold Hugo-winners Mike Leigh and Hirokazu Kore-eda, or up-and-coming filmmakers with distinctive visions,” said Mimi Plauché, the festival’s artistic director. “For the…

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Black Cop: A Scathing Satire

In his feature directorial debut, Black Cop, writer/director Cory Bowles uses unapologetic satire to explore the racial tensions within the police force and communities. As a result of Trailer Park Boys, Bowles has quite the social media following and deals with a number of trolls.  As such, this is a film that is best viewed through the right lens.  Otherwise, it’s going to come off as nothing but absurd. For one cop, who is known…

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