WBEZ | Chicago International Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-international-film-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Who's behind those eyes? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/whos-behind-those-eyes-108882 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115479411&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/">Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)</a> is fast approaching the mid-century mark.</p><p>This year is the 49th outing of the longest running competitive film festival in North America.</p><p>So what accounts for its longevity? The commitment to showcasing work by new directors? A Midwestern audience starved for non-Hollywood movies?</p><p>Or could it be that alluring logo?</p><p>That&rsquo;s what caught the eye of John Laffler, who founded <a href="http://www.offcolorbrewing.com/home">Off Color Brewing</a>, one of the many craft beer ventures upping Chicago&rsquo;s reputations for great suds.</p><p>Laffler&rsquo;s never even been to CIFF. But he was well aware of the festival&rsquo;s presence when he asked Curious City:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><em>Whose ubiquitous eyes are those on the Chicago International Film Festival posters? Is she single?</em></p><p>Now I&rsquo;ll be honest. This wasn&rsquo;t the most challenging Curious City assignment. All it took was a peek at the CIFF&nbsp;website to answer Laffler&rsquo;s question.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/history/">never mind</a> &mdash; there&rsquo;s always more to a good story!</p><p>So I brought Laffler together with Michael Kutza, who founded CIFF (and still runs it). He created the logo in 1967.</p><p>Laffler said a bit more about those &ldquo;ubiquitous&rdquo; eyes.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re so catching, so seductive and nuanced,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s an amazing logo and I just never knew who it was.&rdquo;</p><p>Well, in this <a href="https://soundcloud.com/curiouscity/whos-behind-the-eyes-in-the" target="_blank">interview </a>Kutza explains that it took a while to come up with the logo. In 1965 he had a simpler concept: an image of a globe and a reel of film side by side.</p><p>The next year he turned to photographer <a href="http://skrebneskiphotographs.com/home.html">Victor Skrebneski</a> to &ldquo;sexy&rdquo; things up. That&rsquo;s where the image of this sixties <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_girl">&ldquo;it girl&rdquo;</a>, all shaggy bangs and mysterious shades, comes from.<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/01+Colleen+Moore+INSPIRATION+CIFF.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CROPPED Colleen Moore INSPIRATION CIFF.jpg" style="height: 228px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Colleen Moore, silent film star and inspiration for the CIFF logo. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a></p><p>But it was an &quot;it girl&quot; from a much earlier generation who inspired the final design: <a href="http://www.colleenmoore.org/">Colleen Moore.</a></p><p>&ldquo;She was in the &#39;20s the most successful comedian in silent film,&rdquo; said Kutza. &ldquo;She was part of the D. W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford era of film.&rdquo;</p><p>Moore, famous for personifying the flapper, saw her career flounder in the transition to sound.</p><p>After retiring she married Homer Hargrave and <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&amp;dat=19690320&amp;id=b5AjAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=s6AFAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=4832,3716722">made Chicago a home for over 30 years.</a></p><p>Kutza says he met Moore through legendary<em> Chicago Sun-Times</em> gossip columnist <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2004/The-Lost-World-of-Kup/">Irv &ldquo;Kup&rdquo; Kupcinet</a>.</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/01+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/01 cif.jpg" style="height: 181px; width: 140px; float: left;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1965. The original logo. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>After Moore&rsquo;s husband died in 1964, Kup thought she needed someone to pull her out of her &ldquo;widow role&rdquo; and predicted she and Kutza would be a good team. And he was right.</p><p>&ldquo;She helped me with the first film festival and introduced me to some amazing people who were her buddies in the old days,&rdquo; recalled Kutza. &ldquo;Lillian Gish came through. Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, they&rsquo;re all hanging out with this lady Colleen Moore, at the Pump Room.&rdquo;</p><p>Kutza says it was the iconic look of the silent era that inspired the final logo.</p><p>&ldquo;<a href="http://thehairpin.com/2013/01/scandals-of-classic-hollywood-the-most-wicked-face-of-theda-bara">Theda Bara</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Murray">Mae Murray</a>, they all had the same look!&rdquo; said Kutza. &ldquo;But you put them together, and take the eyes, the hair and &lsquo;the this.&rsquo; You come up with the symbol.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/02+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/02 cif.jpg" style="height: 192px; width: 150px; float: right;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1966. A sexier version. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>Kutza says the logo doesn&rsquo;t refer to a real person; instead, it distills the general power of film.</p><p>Still, Moore lent her very real star power to jump starting CIFF.</p><p>&ldquo;From the very first film festival here in Chicago, we had Betty Davis and King Vidor, you name it,&rdquo; Kutza recalled. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t have an audience but we had movie stars.&rdquo;</p><p>The audience did grow. But save for minor tweaks, the logo has remained the same.</p><p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/curiouscity/CIF/03+cif+large.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/03 cif.jpg" style="float: left; height: 196px; width: 150px;" title="The Chicago International Film Festival Program, 1967. Those ubiquitous eyes finally appear for the festival’s third outing. Click to enlarge. (Image courtesy of Michael Kutza)" /></a>Sadly, not many of Colleen Moore&rsquo;s films have survived, though here&rsquo;s a snippet from her most famous role <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88PMhS1oYjs">Flaming Youth</a>.</p><p>She does leave another legacy in Chicago: Her fantastical, fabulous &ldquo;Fairy Castle,&rdquo; a dollhouse she had built over seven years. It now resides in the Museum of Science and Industry: Take a tour <a href="http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/fairycastle/history-of-the-fairy-castle/">here.</a></p><p><em>The 49th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 10-24.</em></p><p><em><a href=" http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy </a> is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on <a href=" https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>, <a href=" https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison"> Facebook </a> and <a href=" http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p><p><iframe align="middle" frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="yes" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=CARD&amp;q=select+*+from+19fE5LVOtn4N6CJvdv5FbFyplcy2f2vxPinw4Hvsi&amp;tmplt=3&amp;cpr=3" width="620"></iframe></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="250" scrolling="yes" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=CARD&amp;q=select+*+from+19fE5LVOtn4N6CJvdv5FbFyplcy2f2vxPinw4Hvsi&amp;tmplt=3&amp;cpr=3" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/whos-behind-those-eyes-108882 Chicago International Film Festival: Quantity and diversity are not the enemy of the good http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/chicago-international-film-festival-quantity-and-diversity-are-not-enemy <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6374_HolyMotors-P-scr.jpg" style="height: 327px; width: 620px; " title="Holy Motors, Leos Carax (still courtesy Chicago International Film Festival)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62321124&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/">Chicago International Film Festival</a>&nbsp;is often considered a festival without a strong identity. It doesn&rsquo;t have the star-studded, deal-making scene of a festival like Toronto or even New York. Nor is it a critical darling, with a small, edgily curated set of films that fussier film critics can fully endorse. In fact, one long-standing criticism of CIFF is that it tries to do too much for too many. And it&#39;s true there is no shortage of films here: more than 170, including features, documentaries and shorts.</p><p>But in recent years quantity and variety are not the enemies of good &ndash; even great &ndash;&nbsp;cinema. Instead, the array of films suggest CIFF is benefiting from stability among its programming staff, who now have enough years under their collective belt (and perhaps clout?) to start leaving their mark. In my view, that&#39;s especially true of the 48th edition, which&nbsp;kicks off next Thursday, and&nbsp;looks like a winner.&nbsp;Every category is full of strong and interesting contenders, many of them opportunities to &lsquo;come see the world,&rsquo; as this year&rsquo;s CIFF theme would have it.</p><p>The &quot;centerpiece&quot; film is the ambitious <em>Cloud Atlas</em>, tri-directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, all of whom will apparently attend the screening. But equally epic and challenging fare can be found in <em>Holy Motors</em>, in which French director Leos Carax creates a character (played by Denis Levant) who doesn&rsquo;t so much develop as morph from corporate big wig to bag lady and beyond. You&rsquo;ll also be able to catch up on other festival friendly international directors, including Abbas Kiarostami (<em>Like Someone in Love</em>), Olivier Assayas (<em>Something in the Air</em>), the Taviani Brothers (<em>Caesar Must Die</em>) and Carlos Reygadas (<em>Post Tenebras Lux</em>).</p><p>Many of the features by less well-known directors investigate real-world events that have rippled around the world. Ibrahim El-Batout&rsquo;s <em>Winter of Discontent</em> is an Egyptian film that dramatizes the events of Tahrir Square. And while a number of American independent films have fruitfully deployed the soldier-back-from war narrative, not many films have tackled the re-integration of terrorists into their communities. At CIFF there are two. Nina Grosse&rsquo;s <em>The Weekend </em>follows an RAF terrorist back from 18 years in prison, and Merzak Allouache&rsquo;s <em>The Repentant</em> examines a young Algerian&rsquo;s efforts to reform and return home.</p><p>Meanwhile some of the more interesting looking documentaries turn inward, by tackling film history and culture. <em>Room 237</em> explores the obsessive interpretive work by fans of Stanley Kubrick&rsquo;s <em>The Shining</em>. And if you&rsquo;re interested in the history of Egyptian cinema and one of its stars, be sure to see <em>The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni</em>, by Rania Stephan, which imaginatively reconstructs the life and performances of the great Middle Eastern actress.</p><p>I&rsquo;m also excited by some of the work coming from directors closer to home, in the &quot;City and State&quot; category. Chicagoans Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross once again prove up to the challenge of &ldquo;storifying&rdquo; science with <em>The Believers</em>, which examines the debacle around the discovery of &ldquo;cold fusion.&rdquo; And Danny Green&rsquo;s <em>Mr. Sophistication </em>promises a low-key comedian-comeback tale with an intriguing cast: Harry Lennix, Tatum O&rsquo;Neil and Robert Patrick (who played that dangerously fluid cyborg in the second <em>Terminator </em>film).&nbsp;</p><p>So what does it all add up to? Like the proper Midwestern film festival it is, I think CIFF finds its meaning in the middle. Maybe it&#39;s not the most exciting event. But as Toronto goes ever more Hollywood, Chicago manages to consistently offers diverse audiences easy access to a representative array of international films. Festival goers also have the chance to hobnob and talk with emerging directors from countries as disparate as the United Arab Emirates, Albania and Iceland. And by foregrounding local filmmakers as well as high profile directors and actors who got their start here the festival makes clear that even Chicago can stake a claim in the broader cinematic world.</p><p><em>The 48<sup>th</sup> Chicago International Film Festival runs October 11-25 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois Street.</em></p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/chicago-international-film-festival-quantity-and-diversity-are-not-enemy Weekender: House music picnic and artful skyscrapers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-house-music-picnic-and-artful-skyscrapers-100666 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Wayne%20William%20TCFP%202011.jpg" style="height: 427px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="DJ Wayne Williams (Chosen Few DJs)" /></div></div></div><p>Damn if R. Kelly doesn&rsquo;t love the drama. The Chicago R&amp;B artist&rsquo;s autobiography <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Soulacoaster-The-Diary-R-Kelly/dp/1401928358">S</a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Soulacoaster-The-Diary-R-Kelly/dp/1401928358"><em>oulacoaster: The Diary of Me</em></a> comes out this weekend (although Kelly won&#39;t be making promotional appearances, citing a <a href="http://iamyardrock.com/r-kelly-cancels-all-new-york-appearances/">recurrence of the throat problems he had last year</a>). In the book, just like any teen girl scribbling away in her hearts-and flowers-covered journal, Kelly makes a true confession: Ryan &ldquo;Hey Girl&rdquo; Gosling&rsquo;s performance in the 2004 film <em>The Notebook</em> proved just the emotional wake-up call Kelly needed to recognize his marriage was over.</p><p>Kelly&rsquo;s description of breaking down in tears as the movie credits rolled comes as no surprise &ndash; not from the man who penned <em>I Believe I Can Fly</em> (not to mention <em>Real Talk</em>). The man who wrung a 22 chapter <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491587/">&lsquo;hip hopera&rsquo;</a> out of the imagined consequences of a one-night stand (<a href="http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/03/trapped-in-the-closet-announcement">with more to come</a>). The same guy whose lawyers posited an equally vast conspiracy of video alterations and AWOL moles to defend him against 14 counts of child pornography.</p><p>It was in the midst of the latter that Kelly put out some of his best musical work, including the double album <em>Happy People/U Saved Me</em>. The first record has some of my favorite Kelly songs - especially the title track &quot;Happy People,&quot; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Gmaurug0I">an anthem to the Chicago steppin&#39; scene.</a></p><p>At the beginning of the song Kelly says &ldquo;Ladies and gentlemen, this here&rsquo;s another one for all the steppers. DJ Wayne Williams, put the record on.&rdquo; The DJ complies &ndash; and throughout the video you see him dancing on a balcony overlooking the dance floor of the palatial club. It&rsquo;s a fitting image &ndash; a tribute of sorts &ndash; because Williams has played a huge role in Kelly&rsquo;s career and life.</p><p>Williams is a<a href="http://www.wintermusicconference.com/events/schedule/2011/panelist/85006/DJ+Wayne+Williams+-+Jive+Records.html"> legendary Chicago DJ</a> and music producer, the man who actually got R. Kelly signed to Jive Records. He&rsquo;s also credited with bringing the house music sound out of gay clubs and into the straight, South Side scene, from whence dancers everywhere eventually followed the edict to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2t0C50b9ik">Move Your Body.</a></p><p>When Williams came in this week to talk about <a href="http://chosenfewdjs.com/events/uncategorized/the-chosen-few-picnic-2012/">The Chosen Few</a>, his annual house music blow-out, I asked him for the story behind &quot;Happy People.&quot; At the time Kelly wrote it, Williams was in the hospital, suffering from what he thought was an asthma attack, but turned out to be something more serious. When he got out, Kelly told Williams about the song. Williams was nonplussed. &ldquo;Robert&rsquo;s a jokester, so I&rsquo;m half not believing him. I asked him what it was called. He said Happy People? I&rsquo;m like - Why?!&rdquo;</p><p>Kelly chalked the song up to William&rsquo;s positive spirit, which he claimed &ldquo;fulfilled him.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a claim well-earned. Williams still works with Kelly and supports his friend through thick and thin, saying, &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a genius and probably one of the nicest people I&rsquo;ve ever met in my life.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams has moved many, many more with his positive, generous spirit. Every July he, his brother Jesse Saunders and the other Chosen Few DJs (it&rsquo;s a select group, not everyone gets to join!), throw a house and disco party in Jackson Park. Over the past 22 years it&#39;s grown from a small gathering of friends to one of the biggest house music events in the world.</p><p>Their main gig is all day Saturday, but Williams and Saunders will host other events and even sneak in a trip to see their &ldquo;favorite team,&rdquo; the Chicago White Sox. Williams also has a new task this year: building in a little extra hang time with his son Jordan &ndash; who was born last picnic weekend.</p><p>The Chosen Few is just one of Weekender&rsquo;s picks &ndash; the rest are below. Get out there, and move your body!</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Friends.png" style="height: 154px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">1. Untrained Explorations: Youth Film Festival</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />The award-winning, 17-year-old filmmaker Emma Coleman curates a program of other young directors.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://nightingaletheatre.org/">The Nightingale Cinema</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1084 N. Milwaukee Ave</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/houlihan%202.jpg" style="height: 161px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://event.uchicago.edu/maincampus/detail.php?guid=CAL-402882f8-361191ef-0136-2780dcf7-0000025ceventscalendar@uchicago.edu&amp;recurrenceId=20120707T003000Z">2. Louis Vierne Marathon performed by Christopher Houlihan</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.</p><p>The chapel will resound with symphonic work by Vierne.</p><p><a href="http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/">Rockefeller Memorial Chapel</a></p><p>5850 S. Woodlawn Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/picnic_0.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://chosenfewdjs.com/the-picnic/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">House music at its finest: outdoors and outrageous!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/neighborhoods/jackson_park__msi.html">Jackson Park</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">63rd Street and Hayes Drive</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/skyscraper.jpg" style="height: 164px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/next/all/291"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>Contemporary art work exploring our fascination with tall buildings.</p><p><a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/">MCA Chicago</a></p><p>220 E. Chicago Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/young-magic-020-MJE7849.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://youngmagic.bandcamp.com/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Young Magic</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Some very dreamy, slightly creepy sounds from the Brooklyn-based &quot;collective.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://schubas.com/Shows/07-08-2012+Young+Magic+and+Quilt">Schubas</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">3159 N. 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Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-house-music-picnic-and-artful-skyscrapers-100666 Chicago filmmaker taps into his Indian roots http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-11/chicago-filmmaker-taps-his-indian-roots-93041 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-11/4277683459_75437c577a_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-born filmmaker Prashant Bhargava was out making the festival rounds with his feature-length debut, <a href="http://vimeo.com/3240664" target="_blank"><em>Patang</em></a>, or, <em>The Kite</em>. The filmmaker grew up on the South Side. <em>The Kite </em>is a journey to his homeland – India – offers a glimpse into an annual kite flying festival and some tense family dynamics.&nbsp; The film will premier locally Tuesday night - at the <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/entries_and_requirements/" target="_blank">Chicago International Film Festival</a>. Bhargava will be present at the Chicago screenings and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about his film.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-11/chicago-filmmaker-taps-his-indian-roots-93041 Listeners and filmmakers share impactful foreign films http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-30/listeners-and-filmmakers-share-impactful-foreign-films-92685 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-30/1965-02.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we’re having some fun with foreign film. The 47th Annual <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com" target="_blank">Chicago International Film Festival</a> starts October 6 and runs through October 20. On today's show, we ask listeners to share foreign films that have had a strong impact on them. Did it take you days to get the haunting beauty of <em>City of God</em> out of your head? Are you still marveling at the massive allegory that is Kusturica’s <em>Underground</em>?</p><p>Mimi Plauche, programming director from the Chicago International Film Festival shares her impactful moment in foreign film. We also hear from Chicagoan Prashant Bargava, whose film, <a href="http://www.patang.tv/" target="_blank"><em>Patang</em></a>, is screening at this year's festival. Plus a few WBEZ staff members share their impactful foreign films.&nbsp;Milos Stehlik, director of <a href="http://www.facets.org/" target="_blank">Facets Multimedia</a> and <em>Worldview's</em> film contributor, adds his wisdom to the discussion.</p></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-30/listeners-and-filmmakers-share-impactful-foreign-films-92685 9.30.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/93011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-30/patang.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, we examine the power of foreign film. Jerome and <em>Worldview </em>film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_self">Milos Stehlik</a> take calls from listeners who tell us about the scenes and characters in foreign film that made a lasting impact on their lives. To join in, give us a call at <strong>312-923-9239. </strong>Also weighing in are WBEZ staff members, as well as Mimi Plauche, head of programming for the <a href="http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Chicago International Film Festival</a>, and Prashant Bhargava, director of <a href="http://www.patang.tv/" target="_blank"><em>Patang</em></a>, a film in this year’s festival.</p></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/93011