Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary surprise

In an innovative move honoring the Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary, legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski, in collaboration with Festival founder Michael Kutza, created an entirely new look for the Fest's iconic poster.  An unveiling at Expo 72 on September 10 featured a reimagining of the iconic 1974 Festival "t-shirt" poster.  Titled "The Next Generation", this year's image featured a playful photo of Noah Warren (4) and Braden Crothers (5)--- the first time in history that children have been featured!

The original "t-shirt" poster is the centerpiece of a special gallery exhibition showcasing 50 years of the Festival at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph), "Because Everybody Loves Movies".  It features an expansive display of posters, images and videos from the Festival's venerable five-decade history.  Guests also enjoyed Skrebneski photographs of celebrity attendees and a video compilation of the Fest's trailers.

Produced in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and sponsored by Dark Horse Wine, the exhibition also presents candid glimpses from behind the scenes, memorabilia and posters from other festivals around the world.

The exhibit will be on display until October 30.  (Photos by Timothy M. Schmidt)

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