Posts tagged "Michael Kutza"

Woody Allen (and Parker Posey) talk about "Irrational Man" and what actress is still on his wish list

Woody Allen (and Parker Posey) talk about "Irrational Man" and what actress is still on his wish list
Does Woody have plans to film in Chicago? What actress is still on his wish list?  How’s that Amazon series going? Woody answers these questions and more in this, my once in a lifetime opportunity, something I could cross off my bucket list–an interview with the legendary film director/actor/writer Woody Allen! I couldn’t believe my... Read more »

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 »

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 Gang's All Here: Beloved Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Celebrates 25

Former Mayor Rich Daley, Terry Newman, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gibson's owner Steve Lombardo, Gibson's managing partner John Colletti, Mayor Emanuel, Bob Judelson, Patrick Donnelly, and the former Mayor Daley's son Patrick.
Beloved Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse celebrated its Silver Anniversary in delicious style and the gang was ALL there!   The heavy hitters’ table included both our Mayors,  Rahm and Richie!  It was a wild night and the Gibsons’ Silver Oak Reserve Cabernet was flowing!  Partner John Colletti was sharing glasses with longtime customers all around the... Read more »

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 »

Pearl Tavern brings back the glory days of oyster bars: a great "shucking" experience

We attended a delicious preview over the weekend of hot new Loop restaurant/oyster bar Pearl Tavern (located at 180 N. Wacker).  It was jam-packed with beautiful people enjoying tasty selections from Chef Chris Lorenz that included every type of oyster you could imagine, lobster rolls, tuna bites and so much more!  Restaurant developer Adolfo Garcia... Read more »
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New Year's Eve Plans of Chicago's Movers, Shakers & Just Plain Cool

New Year's Eve Plans of Chicago's Movers, Shakers & Just Plain Cool
New Year’s Eve parties have always seemed so special to me.  They herald in a brand new year and set your focus for a new beginning.  It’s a chance to grow in a new direction and make plans/ resolutions to help you get there.  My plans this year include co-hosting a party at Public Chicago... Read more »