Film News: Award Honorees at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The Chicago International Film Festival is a competitive fest, and the 53rd edition presented its awards on October 20th, 2017, at the AMC River East Theatre in Chicago. The winner of the Gold Hugo as Best Film was “A Sort of Family” (Argentina), directed by Diego Lerman.

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Awards Night was October 20th, 2017

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The awards event was hosted by entertainment reporter Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times and FOX32. Presenters included Artistic Director Mimi Plauché, programmers Anthony Kaufman and Sam Flancher, plus various jury members. Local treasures Chaz Ebert of and Festival Founder Michael Kutza joined in as presenters. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

“A Sort of Family,” Directed by Diego Lerman

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The Gold Hugo
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Sundance ’17: Short Film ‘Night Shift’ by Marshall Tyler

Sundance ’17: Short Film ‘Night Shift’ by Marshall Tyler
For a short film, “Night Shift” has a backstory of its own which gives more than the film’s glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Filmmaker Marshall Tyler’s “Night Shift”, stars Tunde Adebimpe and is executive produced by JuVee Productions, the company founded by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon established to empower diverse voices and emerging artists. It is produced by Moira Griffin, Efuru Flowers and Roberta Marie Munroe.

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Marshall and I had a long conversation at the Yarrow in Sundance the day of the premiere of his film.

Let’s start with who you are…

Well, I was born in Philadelphia and raised in Hawaii and then moved to San Diego. I went to Howard University. Now I am based in La. My first documentary, “Skid Row”, followed Pras Michél,
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‘Night Shift’ Trailer: Viola Davis-Produced Short Starring Tunde Adebimpe Goes Inside Strange World of Night Club Attendants

‘Night Shift’ Trailer: Viola Davis-Produced Short Starring Tunde Adebimpe Goes Inside Strange World of Night Club Attendants
TV on the Radio musician and singer Tunde Adebimpe has long used his many talents to bolster indie film outings, from Joel Hopkins’ “Jump Tomorrow” to Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Sebastian Silva’s recent Sundance feature “Nasty Baby,” and he’s poised to return to the festival circuit with Marshall Tyler’s inventive and styling short film “Night Shift.”

In the Sundance premiere, Adebimpe stars as Olly Jeffries, a struggling actor whose need to pay the bills lands him a gig as a bathroom attendant at the swanky Hollywood nightclub The Fix. While Olly never intended for the job to be a permanent thing, he’s found that the work — and the weird solitude it offers — suits him.

Read More: Sundance 2017: 10 Must-See Shorts At This Year’s Festival

Night Shift” follows Olly over the course of on particularly memorable night in which his old dreams and
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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2017 Shorts Programs

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2017 Shorts Programs
Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut, “Come Swim,” which she created as part of Refinery29’s women-helmed Shatterbox Anthology series, will screen at the Sundance Film Festival alongside 67 other short films announced Tuesday. The shorts round out a program of competition and Next films, format-bending New Frontier projects, and star-driven Premiere and Midnight titles unveiled over the previous week.

Other shorts of potential interest include “Cecile on the Phone,” co-written and directed by Annabelle Dexter-Jones (daughter of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, sister of DJ Mark Ronson), and Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise.” Though feature filmmakers haven’t necessarily had time to process the impact of the recent election, Talbot’s satirical short imagines life under a Trump presidency.

Among the documentary shorts, Oscar winner Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) unveils her latest, “Project X,” while Lewie Kloster’s “Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy” chronicles a crazy chapter in the life of Oscar nominee Choy (“Who Killed Vincent Chin?
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The Fugees' Pras Michel Suing Over Ownership Of Somali Pirates Doc

Like most lawsuits this one gets somewhat complicated. So let me try to explain it in a clear and understandable way Earlier last week, rapper Pras Michel of The Fugees filed a lawsuit against documentary filmmaker Marshall Tyler, over the ownership of the documentary Paper Dreams, which Tyler made, about the infamous 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship. You'll remember that incident in which the captain of the ship, Richard Phillips, volunteered to surrender to the pirates in exchange for his crew. He was later rescued by Navy Seal snipers who killed the piates. The incident was recently made into a feature film by director Paul Greenglass (The Bourne...
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Fugees Rapper Pras Michel Sues -- Director Is Holding My Pirate Footage Hostage

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Fugees rapper Pras Michel's movie about being held hostage by Somali pirates is being held hostage -- by the film's director ... this according to a new lawsuit filed by Pras.According to legal docs filed Monday, Pras hired Marshall Tyler back in 2009 to direct a documentary film called "Paper Dreams"-- about the rapper's real-life, death-defying incident with pirates off the East African coast. In the suit, Pras claims he was "taken captive" by
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Screen Media picks up 'Skid Row'

Screen Media picks up 'Skid Row'
Screen Media Films has acquired all North American rights to the homeless documentary "Skid Row", produced by Fugees member Pras Michel and Teryn Fogel. The film, directed by Niva Dorell, Marshall Tyler and Ross Clarke, follows the musician known as Pras with hidden cameras as he lives as a homeless person in Los Angeles' anonymous neighborhood for nine days. "Row" will be given a platform release beginning in New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. on Aug. 24. Screen Media aquired rights to the project from ICM and is handling worldwide sales. Pras is repped by ICM.

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