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A GUIDE TO THE 20TH EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: WEEK FOUR
by Peter Sobczynski
"A brief recap of some of the highlights of the fourth and final week of the 20th European Union Film Festival in Chicago." (more)
A GUIDE TO THE 20TH EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: WEEK THREE
by Peter Sobczynski
"A look at some of the highlights screening during the third week of Chicago's European Union Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN DIRECTOR JENNIFER KROOT
by Jason Whyte
""THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN is a documentary portrait of the writer, Armistead Maupin. Maupin is best known for his TALES OF THE CITY novels. First published in 1976 as a daily column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead's humorous, witty, and poignant TALES depicted the interwoven lives of gay, straight and trans characters. Armistead's own tales are actually stranger than fiction because he went from being a vehemently conservative aristocrat in the deep south to an proudly out San Franciscan, whose open heart inspires compassion and togetherness." Director Jennifer Kroot on THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: LEMON DIRECTOR JANICZA BRAVO
by Jason Whyte
""LEMON is an unhappy comedy about failure. It is a dissection of privilege and mediocrity. A mans life unravels after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years." Director Janicza Bravo on LEMON which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: HOT SUMMER NIGHTS DIRECTOR ELIJAH BYNUM
by Jason Whyte
"THE PITCH: American flags wave as fireworks light the sky, it's 1991 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and summer is in full swing. A lonely teenage boy is taken under the wing of the town rebel, falls in love with the prettiest girl in town, and gets entangled in a drug ring, all as the deadliest hurricane in New England history barrels towards the coast. -- This is HOT SUMMER NIGHTS at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL DIRECTOR KATHERINE FAIRFAX WRIGHT
by Jason Whyte
""BEHIND THE CURTAIN follows Todrick Hall during the creation of his most ambitious project yet; Straight Outta Oz, through recording the album, filming the visual album, staging the musical, and bringing that stage show to sold-out audiences across the United States. So it is a film about the creative process of a visionary with dreams far bigger than his budget. But Straight Outta Oz is an autobiographical project, so the documentary is also an intimate coming of age story, a love story between a mother and son in all its beauty and complexity. It is about self-expression, self-acceptance, and the redemptive power of art, but it is also about fun and friends and song and dance!" Director Katherine Farifax Wright on BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BRIMSTONE & TASSELS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of ''Brimstone'' and ''Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe.''" (more)
A GUIDE TO THE 20TH EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: WEEK TWO
by Peter Sobczynski
"A brief look at some of the more notable titles playing during the second week of Chicago's European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SATAN SAID DANCE DIRECTOR KASIA ROSLANIEC
by Jason Whyte
""SATAN SAID DANCE is an Instagram film in times of the selfie. A kaleidoscope of moments from Karolina; a scandalous writer obsessed with parties, drugs, sexuality and complex relationships, on her way to self-destruction. Karolina, 27, has three boyfriends, a sister who wants to be like her, and emotional ties to her parents. Yet her story is about egotism and loneliness. A film about how easy it is to focus on one's own ego and why egotists have such a need to see their reflection in the eyes of others? Is it a mistake to demand more freedom and strive for independence, when in fact we have too much freedom, and what we really need is a feeling of belonging?" Director Kasia Roslaniec on SATAN SAID DANCE which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: GOING TO BRAZIL DIRECTOR PATRICK MILLE
by Jason Whyte
""GOING TO BRAZIL tells the crazy adventure of three friends invited to the wedding of their best friend. Upon their arrival, they end up in a party and accidentally kill a man who has pushed one of them too far with his rude manners. From then, it all goes wild. GOING TO BRAZIL is a sexy comedy with a feminist message in a country ruled by men." Director Patrick Mille on GOING TO BRAZIL which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)

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