WBEZ | Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/film-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Virtual reality film festival an immersive experience http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-10-12/virtual-reality-film-festival-immersive-experience-113287 <p><div><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/A%20visit%20to%20the%20Kaleidoscope%20VR%20film%20festival%20requires%20headgear..jpg" title="A visit to the Kaleidoscope VR film festival requires headgear. (Ibby Caputo/Marketplace)" /></div><div><p>There&rsquo;s a new film festival in town, but it requires headgear. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kvrff.com/">Kaleidoscope Virtual Reality Film Festival</a>&nbsp;has been touring North America, and wraps up in Austin on October 14. I was one of the 400 people who checked it out when it came to New York.</p><p>At first, virtual reality can be a little disorienting. I put on the headset, read the health and safety warning on the screen, and launched into&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Caf%C3%A9">The Night Café</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the painting by Vincent Van Gogh. I used a touch pad on the side of my headset to move around the famous painting, and ended up bumping into a lot of walls. Apparently, that&rsquo;s part of the experience &ndash; and the experiment.</p><p>&ldquo;No one knows how to tell a story in virtual reality right now,&rdquo; said festival founder René Pinnell. &ldquo;To do it you&rsquo;re going to have to fail, you&rsquo;re going to have to try something that doesn&rsquo;t work.&rdquo;</p><p>Bumping into walls aside, it was pretty cool to get so close to Van Gogh&rsquo;s bar. That film &ndash; or as people in the virtual reality world refer to it &ndash; that&nbsp;experience&nbsp;&ndash; was created by Mac Cauley, a Brooklyn-based game developer. It was just one of the experiences people could have at Kaleidoscope, a festival where filmmaking intersects with game playing.</p><p>From swivel chairs set in rows, festival attendees could also be transported to post-earthquake Nepal, or to a devastated city in Syria. There were more abstract experiences as well: Animations like LoVR, in which infatuation is expressed in a vibrantly colored, 360-degree diagram.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/Kaliedescope%20Film%20Festival%202.jpg" title="From swivel chairs, festival attendees are transported to different experiences. (Ibby Caputo/marketplace)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><div><div><p>&ldquo;It seems like a great way to have a very short experience on your own,&rdquo; said festival attendee Jana Fitzgerald.</p></div></div></div></div><p>With the medium in its infancy, though, there are still a lot of kinks to work out, like how to make the headsets less clunky, and how to get rid of what&rsquo;s called the &ldquo;screen door effect,&rdquo; overly pixelated images.</p><p>But Pinnell says those technological upgrades are only a matter of time.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/virtual-reality-film-festival-immersive-experience" target="_blank"><em>via Marketplace</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-10-12/virtual-reality-film-festival-immersive-experience-113287 Get set for the Summer Music Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/musicfestival.jpg" title="" /></div><p>If you, like me, prefer your rock &rsquo;n&rsquo; roll at night in cool, dark places free of the broiling sun, drenching rain, and oppressive obnoxiousness of the festival scene, you&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that <em>Sound Opinions </em>has once again partnered with the venerable Music Box Theatre on Southport to present the fourth annual Summer Music Film Festival, starting Friday with Jonathan Demme&rsquo;s timeless Talking Heads concert film <em>Stop Making Sense </em>(with Greg Kot and me kicking things off) and running through Tuesday, Aug. 19.</p><p>Among my personal picks this summer: Prince&rsquo;s enduringly campy <em>Purple Rain; </em>Richard Lester&rsquo;s groundbreaking and still hugely influential <em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s </em>Night; the new documentary about the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, <em>Finding Fela, </em>and <em>The 78 Project Movie, </em>a film with Chicago roots about the all-consuming search for rare old 78 rpm discs.</p><p>The full schedule follows below, and a portion of the proceeds from all screenings benefit WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio. A five-admission pass is $45, individual tickets are $9 to $12, and more info can be found at <a href="http://www.summermusicfilmfestival.com">summermusicfilmfestival.com</a>.</p><p><strong><u>Friday, August 15</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 3 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) and 9:30</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Saturday, August 16</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Finding Fela</em></strong><strong>, Chicago premier, 2:30 p.m. </strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (Midwest premier with director Alex Steyermark and producer Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Good Vibrations</em></strong><strong>, 9:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain, </em></strong><strong>midnight</strong></p><p><strong><em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Sunday, August 17</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 3 p.m. (with Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Rubber Soul</em></strong><strong>, 7:30 p.m. (Lennon interviews doc, with director Jon Lefkovitz)</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Monday, August 18th </u></strong></p><p><strong><em>God Help the Girl</em></strong><strong>, musical feature directed by Belle and Sebastian&rsquo;s Stuart Murdoch, 7:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night, </em></strong><strong>9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Tuesday, August 19</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong> and </strong></em><a href="http://jimcarmeltvdinner.libsyn.com/"><strong>Jim + Carmel&rsquo;s TV + Dinner</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 Reeling Film Fest returns with a different take on queer cinema http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/reeling-film-fest-returns-different-take-queer-cinema-108773 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/reeling photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After three decades, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/reeling.filmfest">Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival</a> is making a few changes.</p><p>There&rsquo;s the new name, which now includes bisexual and transgender in the title (though most still know the fest by its shorthand name, Reeling).</p><p>The fest also has a new location, at the <a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com/">Logan Theatre </a>in Chicago&rsquo;s Logan Square neighborhood.</p><p>And there&rsquo;s a new approach to what constitutes queer cinema, thanks to new programming director <a href="http://www.knightatthemovies.com/Knight_at_the_Movies_About_Me.html">Richard Knight Jr</a>. The lineup was announced Wednesday night.</p><p>&ldquo;I wanted to bring some films into the festival that were not exclusively gay, gay gay,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;... It&rsquo;s certainly there. But it&rsquo;s not like two guys meeting in a bar sort of thing.&rdquo;</p><p>One of those films will close the fest. Ludwig II is about a 19th century Bavarian monarch. The film isn&rsquo;t explicitly a work of queer cinema, but Knight saw it differently.</p><p>&ldquo;When you see the movie, it&rsquo;s gay. He&rsquo;s in love with the horsemaster, he has erotic dreams, he kisses him,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not very often that you see a $70 million epic around a gay figure.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p>As the longtime film critic for Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/windycitytimes.php">Windy City Times</a>, Knight said he took the job at Reeling because he loves queer cinema and the thought of showing these films was &ldquo;tantalizing.&rdquo;</p><p>But getting audiences onboard hasn&rsquo;t been as easy. In recent years the festival has struggled to find funding. Last year organizers took a break to assess the situation and, as it turns out, retool the festival.</p><p>Knight said he&rsquo;s had had to learn in short order how to balance his artistic interests with commercial realities.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s more of a consideration than I thought it would be,&rdquo; said Knight. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how (executive director) Brenda Webb has done this for 30 years.&rdquo;</p><p>The 31st Reeling Film Festival opens Nov. 7.</p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-hosts the WBEZ podcasts <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels</a> and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/strangebrews">Strange Brews</a>. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-10/reeling-film-fest-returns-different-take-queer-cinema-108773 Environmental film festival returns to western suburbs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmental-film-festival-returns-western-suburbs-105832 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ChasingIce_filmstill2_by_James_Balog-Extreme_Ice_Survey2.jpg" style="height: 407px; width: 610px;" title="Chasing Ice, a documentary about photographer James Balog, plays this weekend as part of the One Earth Film Festival." /></p><p>If the Oscars left you wanting for some environmental fare, a film festival in Chicago&rsquo;s western suburbs has you covered. The second annual <a href="http://greencommunityconnections.org/2013-one-earth-film-festival/">One Earth Film Festival</a> this weekend in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, as well as Chicago&rsquo;s Austin neighborhood, will show 40 environmental films, including the award-winning documentaries <em>Chasing Ice</em> and <em>Dying Green</em>, as well as films produced by local students.</p><p>The festival is organized by Green Community Connections, a grassroots (though they call themselves a &ldquo;deep-roots&rdquo; group) environmental organization based in the western suburbs. (Full disclosure: A short film I co-produced showed during last year&rsquo;s festival.)</p><p><em><a href="http://www.chasingice.com/">Chasing Ice</a></em>, which had only a limited run in Chicago last year, will be shown Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Lake Theater in Oak Park. The film focuses on photographer James Balog, whose assignments for <em>Smithsonian, National Geographic</em> and numerous other publications fostered his fascination with glaciers. As Balog&rsquo;s work brought him face to face with the effects of climate change, he started the <a href="http://extremeicesurvey.org/">Extreme Ice Survey</a> to document <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/science/earth/arctic-sea-ice-stops-melting-but-new-record-low-is-set.html">retreating glaciers</a> through time-lapse photography.</p><p>Though not nominated for Best Documentary last weekend, <em>Chasing Ice</em> was up for Best Original Song. (&ldquo;Before My Time&rdquo; by J. Ralph predictably lost to Adele&rsquo;s &ldquo;Skyfall.&rdquo;) In addition to its hypnotic visuals &mdash;&nbsp;the ice survey team watches a hunk of ice several times the size of Manhattan quake and crumble into the sea &mdash; <em>Chasing Ice </em>provides a human lens through which to view the often unwieldy issue of climate change. Rather than take a tired political tack, the film zeroes in on Balog&rsquo;s own journey: his realization that the world is changing before his eyes, and his self-destructive obsession with helping stop it.</p><p>Other films deal with issues including the Great Lakes water supply, genetically modified food and fracking. Filmmaker Ellen Tripler will discuss her award-winning documentary <em><a href="http://www.dyinggreenthefilm.com/">Dying Green</a></em>, about a doctor who promotes &ldquo;natural&rdquo; burials that do not use chemical&nbsp;preservatives&nbsp;or embalming&nbsp;fluid.&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.lastcallattheoasis.com/">Last Call at the Oasis</a></em>, produced by the company behind <em>An Inconvenient Truth</em>, argues that a global water crisis will be the central issue of the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p><p><em>Download a full schedule for the One Earth Film Festival <a href="http://greencommunityconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2013_film_schedule_print.pdf">here</a>.</em></p><p><em>Chris Bentley writes about the environment. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Cementley" target="_blank">@Cementley</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmental-film-festival-returns-western-suburbs-105832 Gearing up for three days, no sleep and a whole lot of movies http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/gearing-three-days-no-sleep-and-whole-lot-movies-90040 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/4935804220_6fc378f36c_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One man, three days and a non-stop movie show--that was Jason Elewski's week. Elewski is a producer for <a href="http://windiecityshootout.com/" target="_blank">Windie City Shootout</a> – a film festival that challenges filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a movie in 72 hours. Elewski proved its feasibility with his own feat - watching movies for three straight days without sleep. On Wednesday, he reached the 48-hour mark and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> with an update. The Windie City Shootout film festival starts Friday, Aug. 12. To watch a flick with Elewski, head to the<a href="http://www.avocadoeatery.com/" target="_blank"> Avocado Cafe and Eatery</a> near Milwaukee and Western Avenues through Thursday morning.</p><p><em>Music Button: El Ten Eleven, "Indian Winter", from the CD It's Still Like A Secret, (Fake Record Label)</em></p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/gearing-three-days-no-sleep-and-whole-lot-movies-90040 Gary readies first-ever film festival http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/gary-readies-first-ever-film-festival <p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal">The glitz begins tonight for the launch of the Gary International Black Film Festival.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The three-day event will feature short and feature-length films in several styles, including documentary, experimental and animation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Filmmakers will also be on hand for discussions with moviegoers. <span style="">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Gary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes said Gary, Indiana, is a perfect host because the city launched the careers of actors such as Karl Malden, Avery Brooks and Fred Williamson.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;Gary has a rich history of people in television and film. Being as near to Chicago as we are, we think that Gary would be just a tremendous spring board for young acting talent and technical talents in the movie and acting field,&rdquo; Williamson said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Festival director Karen Toering said the event is also a salute to&nbsp;black culture. She hopes it will boost regional pride and lead to Gary becoming&nbsp;a stop on the black film festival circuit. But Toering said the festival&rsquo;s future depends on this weekend&rsquo;s turnout and reception.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 23:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/gary-readies-first-ever-film-festival