Posts tagged "Chicago International Film Festival"

Vive Kutza! Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza awarded French Legion d'Honneur

Vive Kutza! Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza awarded French Legion d'Honneur
The President of the French Republic has named Chicago’s own, Michael Kutza, a Knight of the Legion of Honour!  This distinction acknowledges his outstanding professional achievements, “as an internationally recognized graphic designer, filmmaker and the Founder of the Chicago International Film Festival,” said Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago. Mr. Kutza is the recipient of many... Read more »

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories
As some of you may know, I’ve had an award-winning internet show, Candid Candace Chicago, on Watch312.com for a few years.  I’ve been very lucky to work with some heavy duty talent like Illinois Center for Broadcasting’s Bill Natale, whose past media history reads like a who’s who,  my uber-talented editor Kes Akalaonu, my camera... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night will include Colin Farrell, Liv Ullmann and Kathleen Turner

Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night will include Colin Farrell, Liv Ullmann and Kathleen Turner
The 50th Chicago International Film Festival will begin with a star-studded Opening Night on Oct. 9 when “Miss Julie” Director Liv Ullmann, “Miss Julie” star Colin Farrell, Festival Jury Member Kathleen Turner, Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza and “The Fugitive” Director Andrew Davis walk the red carpet!    We are starstruck! The opening film,... Read more »
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Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary surprise

Noah Warren and Braden Crothers appear in the Chicago International Film Festival's 50th anniversary poster by Victor Skrebneski..
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”,... Read more »

Academy Award winner Kevin Kline honored at Chicago International Film Festival bash

Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza presents Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary of the Festival's Summer Gala.
Academy Award-winning star of stage and screen, Kevin Kline, was called a “national treasure” by both Robert Downey, Jr., and Siguorney Weaver at the 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival‘s Summer Gala where he was honored with a Career Achievement Award.  Kline, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “A Fish Called... Read more »

The Cannes Film Festival's Chicago connection--Michael Kutza

Official Film Fest poster of Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni in Fellini's film "8 1/2"
Chicago International Film Festival founder Michael Kutza calls the Cannes Film Festival “the best place to look for films and to make contacts.”  He has attended this Festival 50 times!  He’s been on juries there, reviewed films that have premiered there for numerous publications and according to Michael “has fallen in and out of love”... Read more »
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The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Chicago Fire's Jesse Spencer hold his Artistic Achievement Award
The Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago announced the winners for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards before a crowd of more than 300 industry guests on April 10.  The Radisson Blu Aqua’s grand ballroom was decorated with the iconic Film Fest logos and two giant screens showed clips from the winning entries... Read more »

"Stand Up Guys": My Red Carpet Interviews with the Film's Stars!

"Stand Up Guys": My Red Carpet Interviews with the Film's Stars!
The world premiere of  “Stand Up Guys” was held in Chicago on Thursday, October 11, and hosted by the Chicago International Film Festival.  Festival founder, Michael Kutza, named this event one of his personal highlights of 2012, and I can sure see why.  The biggest stars in Hollywood came to town and walked the Red... Read more »

The Chicago International Film Festival: What did Al Pacino, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken tell me on the Red Carpet? (on Watch312.com!)

The Chicago International Film Festival:  What did Al Pacino, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken tell me on the Red Carpet?  (on Watch312.com!)
I have never attended a more exciting red carpet event than the one recently hosted by the Chicago International Film Festival.  For its 48th event, formidable founder Michael Kutza called in the big guns of show biz who included Al Pacino (with stunning girlfriend Lucila Sola), Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Jon Bon Jovi for... Read more »
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The World Premiere of “Stand Up Guys” will Open the 48th Chicago International Film Festival With Stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Juliana Margulies!

The World Premiere of “Stand Up Guys” will Open the 48th Chicago International Film Festival With Stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Juliana Margulies!
The eyes of the entertainment world will be on Chicago when the 48th Chicago International Film Festival opens with the World Premiere of the highly anticipated film “Stand Up Guys.” Produced by Chicagoan Tom Rosenberg (Academy Award® winner, “Million Dollar Baby”) and directed by Chicagoan Fisher Stevens (Academy Award ® winner, “The Cove”), the film... Read more »