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WBEZ’s Podcast Passport is proud to present Filmspotting's 2018 Wrap Party! This long-running, weekly podcast, hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen, features in-depth discussions on all things film, interviews with leading actors and directors, movie marathons and weekly Top 5 lists. This year’s Wrap Party at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago will recap the year in movies with highlights of what stood out in cinema, plus special guests to be announced! As awards season comes to a close, join your fellow Chicagoland film buffs for an evening celebrating the best movie moments of the year!
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Adam Kempenaar co-founded the show in March 2005 and is co-host and executive producer. Adam has also served as an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School. He has degrees in film studies (B.A.) and journalism (M.A.) from the University of Iowa, where he wrote movie reviews for The Daily Iowan and hosted a weekly film talk show called Burn Hollywood Burn on KRUI 89.7 FM, plus a B.A. in English from Grinnell College. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can follow him on Letterboxd and Twitter.
Josh Larsen officially joined Filmspotting as co-host in January 2012 following guest appearances on episodes #371 and #376. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as a film critic for Chicago-based Sun-Times Media. Josh writes about movies at LarsenOnFilm and is editor of the faith and culture magazine Think Christian. His book, "Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings," is now available via InterVarsity Press. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can follow him on Twitter and Letterboxd.
ABOUT THE GUESTS
Michael Phillips is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, the host of the one-hour WFMT-FM movie music programs known as “The Film Score,” and an occasional guest heckler and disdain dispenser on “Filmspotting.” He hosted 100 or so films for Turner Classic Movies, and co-hosted 100 or so episodes of “At the Movies,” opposite Richard Roeper and A.O. Scott. He has lectured and taught criticism and film around the country, but his heart belongs to Logan Square. He is married to Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens.
Formerly an editor at The Dissolve and The A.V. Club, Tasha Robinson is the Film/TV Editor for The Verge and a co-host of Filmspotting's sister podcast The Next Picture Show.
Angelica Jade Bastién is a staff writer for Vulture who has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic and The Village Voice.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts advances arts practice, inquiry, and presentation at the University of Chicago, and fosters meaningful collaboration and cultural engagement at the University, on the South Side, and in the city of Chicago. The Logan Center is an innovative hub for arts education for UChicago students and Chicago-land students and families, a platform to showcase today’s most innovative creators across all media, and a locus for impactful and collaborative artistic projects with partners in nearby South Side communities and across Chicago.