47th Chicago International Film Festival

The Peace On Earth Film Festival will be back at the Chicago Cultural Center, Feb 23rd through the 26th, 2012. In the immediate, if you are looking for something extraordinary in film and festival presentation, with a lot of what the POEFF brings you, you won’t want to miss the 47th Annual Chicago International Film Festival: October 6th through the 20th. The CIFF is one of the premier festivals in the world with 180 films, from 50 countries and over 45 films from first-time directors.

Here is but a few events – films, panels and Q&A/Interviews to watch for, functions we are planning on making:

One of my favorite comedy actor/directors, Jacques Tati, has been creating films since the early 1940’s. An Entertainment Weekly poll rated Tati 46th in the all time greatest movie director category. If “Holiday by the Sea” is anything like – and it certainly seems so – “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” (Tati directed and acted), you will be gasping for breath, as the laughs are one on top of the other. Dutch director, Catherine Van Campen’s “Flying Anne” touches dear to the hearts of the POEFF’s dedication to the breaking down of assumptions, and fostering greater understanding. Anne is an amazing child who is also living with Tourette’s syndrome. “Flying Anne” is evocative of last years 2011 POEFF Best Feature Documentary, “Loving Lampposts”. “Loving Lampposts” was motivated by filmmaker, Todd Drezner’s son’s diagnosis of autism.

Don’t miss, An Evening with Haskell Wexler.

The images and impressions that find there way through the cinematographer’s lens into the dark rooms of our imagination, have been illumined by the genius of but a few greats; Haskell Wexler – a Chicago native – stands tall at the top of this very short list, with such notable films as Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfIn the Heat of the NightOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Panel discussions are an integral part of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, and the CIFF seems to be offering – and for reasonable entrance fees – several panels that have peeked our interest: Art as Activism, Black perspectives/Building a Community, New Models of Distribution, and Social Media: Spreading the Word and more.

For more information on the CIFF/Home: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/

We look forward to seeing you there, Nick

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