WBEZ | Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater http://www.wbez.org/venues/chicago-cultural-centers-claudia-cassidy-theater Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 6th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-peace-earth-film-festival-109652 <p><div>The 6th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival showcases a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice, with all screenings free and open to the public.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Each day offers something different!</div><ul><li>Thursday, March 6 from 6 - 10:55pm features opening ceremonies and <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=214&amp;Itemid=9">Under the Same Sun</a></li><li>Friday, March 7 from 6 - 10:47pm features a special screening of oscar nominee <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=221&amp;Itemid=9">Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall</a></li><li>Saturday, March 8 from 10am - 10:30pm features student filmmakers in the morning and much more</li><li>Sunday, March 9 from 11am - 7:55pm features <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=207&amp;Itemid=9">A Step Too Far</a> and the awards ceremony in the evening</li></ul><div>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/">Get the full line up here.</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Thursday, March 6, Opening Night program, emceed by &ldquo;Worldview&rdquo; host Jerome McDonnell, will focus on Peace in the Middle East, with two feature films making their Midwest premieres. Palestinian-Israeli feature Under the Same Sun tells the story of two businessmen &mdash; one Palestinian and one Israeli &mdash; who struggle to set up a solar energy company. Executive producer John Marks will conduct a post-show Q&amp;A. &nbsp;The documentary Partners for Peace follows a delegation of American and Canadian women on a journey to Israel and Palestine. Director Ed Kucerak and three delegates will be in attendance.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This year&rsquo;s lineup includes World Premieres of feature documentaries The Ghosts of Jeju and From Spokane With Love, the U.S. Premiere of Britain&rsquo;s A Step Too Far?, and the Chicago Premiere of GMO OMG, all with the filmmakers in attendance. The roster also includes two enlightening Fukushima pieces (food feature Tokyo&rsquo;s Belly and spiritual short Reactor), and 2014 Oscar nominee (and, perhaps, winner) Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall by local filmmaker Edgar Barens.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Audiences will have a chance to engage with visiting artists during a Filmmakers Panel on Saturday afternoon and talk with participants at the Peacemakers Panel on Sunday afternoon. A Student Filmmaker Showcase takes place Saturday morning.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>____________________________________</div><div>Started in 2008, POEFF has been an annual event shining a light on filmmakers&rsquo; challenging perspectives regarding issues such as human rights, neighborhood violence, food deserts, domestic violence, bullying, war, world politics, environment, economics and more. The festival strives to put Chicago at the forefront of international efforts for peace and environmental recoveries, while bringing together filmmakers, academics and social activists in discussion panels and educational components.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/">Learn more here.</a></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-peace-earth-film-festival-109652 An Evening with StoryCorps http://www.wbez.org/evening-storycorps-106930 <p><p>Join StoryCorps, WBEZ and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as we celebrate the opening of our brand new StoryCorps recording booth in the Chicago Cultural Center.<br />&nbsp;<br />StoryCorps founder and MacArthur &ldquo;Genius&rdquo; Dave Isay will host an evening featuring special guests, classic StoryCorps&rsquo; radio broadcasts, stories recorded in Chicago, and animated shorts illustrating the power and poetry that can be found in the words of people all around us when we take the time to listen.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>StoryCorps</strong> is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has recorded more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 people nationwide. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dave Isay</strong> is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur &ldquo;Genius&rdquo; Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: <em>Listening Is an Act of Love</em>, <em>Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps</em>, and <em>All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps</em> &ndash; all <em>New York Times </em>best sellers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/evening-storycorps-106930