The 1st Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival - Presented by the CFCA
The Chicago Film Critics Association, a group of over 50 Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics that has been celebrating and promoting the art of film for over 20 years, is pleased to announce the first annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, a three-day collection of more than 20 features and short films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet undistributed works, all receiving their Chicago premieres and covering a wide variety of genres. The festival is set to take place at the Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 from April 12-14, 2013.
This will be the first time a film-critics group has ever hosted its own film festival. One of the film critic's jobs is to spotlight works that do not have the benefit of big promotions, and that is the idea behind this festival. The CFCA plans to make this the first of an annual series sharing films we genuinely love and exposing a wider audience to features, documentaries and short films that either do not yet have theatrical distribution or could use an extra push.
Oscar-winning director William Friedkin will make an appearance Sunday evening to sign copies of his newly published memoir "The Friedkin Connection" and participate in a Q&A following a screening of one of his classic films. The inaugural festival will kick off with Oscar-nominated actress-filmmaker Sarah Polley ("Away from Her," "Take This Waltz"") on hand to present the local premiere of her latest film, "Stories We Tell". For the closing night spot, the festival is proud to present the Sundance favorite "The Spectacular Now," co-starring Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley.
Other films already confirmed for the festival include the coming-of-age comedy "The Kings of Summer" (featuring Chicagoan Nick Offerman from television's "Parks and Recreation"), "I Declare War," a trippy action-comedy in which a children's war game is seen exclusively through the eyes of its participants, the Slamdance award-winner "The Dirties," "The Institute," a documentary about an Alternate Reality Game in which the real and the fictional merge together in unexpected ways, the romantic drama "Leave Me Like You Found Me" (with director Adele Romanski scheduled to attend), the off-beat superhero tale "Sparks" and the inspirational documentary "When I Walk." In addition, two programs of short films are scheduled that will feature selections from around the world, including entries from students at Chicago's Columbia College. Other films and guests will be announced soon.
"Grow Up, Tony Phillips" - Emily Hagins' humorous tale about a high schooler's obsession with Halloween.
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