Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center

0 After more than 45 years of service, Barbara Scharres (MFA 1972) will retire from her position as Director of Programming at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. For over four decades, Scharres has played a critical role in determining the conceptual vision of the organization, establishing numerous landmark … Continue reading “Barbara Scharres retires from Gene Siskel Film Center”

Chicago-Made doc screens at Gene Siskel Film Center

4+ The Gene Siskel Film Center will host virtual screenings of the new locally-produced documentary “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm” beginning Friday, August 14. Set on an idyllic family farm in Central Illinois, “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm” (USA, 83 minutes) follows organic farmer Henry Brockman as he grapples with the future of … Continue reading “Chicago-Made doc screens at Gene Siskel Film Center”

Gene Siskel Film Center’s Jean de St. Aubin gets set for big star-studded fundraising gala June 2

WHO SHE IS: As executive director since 2003, de St. Aubin oversees programming and initiatives of the 35-year-old Gene Siskel Film center of the School of the Art Institute.

Film festivals and other events are sprinkled amid regular weekly screenings. At their annual gala June 2, John Mahoney will lead a discussion with Oscar-nominated William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Later in the month, June 14-17, the center will host Chicago Filmmakers’ 19th Annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.

Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1

4+ Through a juried selection process, seven films have been selected out of over 40 entries to create the Gene Siskel Film Center’s second edition of the Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase. The event takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the … Continue reading “Panorama LatinX Showcase at Siskel Center, Feb 1”

‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January

6+ The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the Chicago premiere of the award-winning film, Moving Parts, on January 3rd, 6th, and 7th. Sponsored by IFP Chicago, Moving Parts is a narrative feature written and directed by Emilie Upczak. Filmed in the Caribbean and finished in Chicago, it tells the story of Zhenzhen, a Chinese … Continue reading “‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January”

Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’

2+ The Film Center will screen the “generous and intelligent doc” Friday, August 23 through Thursday, August 29 As a venue that celebrates all art forms and a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center mourns the loss of the celebrated Black author and Nobel laureate … Continue reading “Siskel presents ‘Toni Morrision: The Pieces I Am’”

Jon Favreau, Siskel Center Renaissance Winner

5+ The hugely talented actor, director, and producer pleases everyone while interviewing with Robert Downey Jr. at the Four Seasons   Last Saturday night, Jon Favreau told a room full of people that he achieved success in Hollywood by failing in Chicago, and everyone burst into applause. “I want to thank Chicago for giving me … Continue reading “Jon Favreau, Siskel Center Renaissance Winner”

“Chicago protest” double-bill lights up Siskel Center

1+ “’63 Boycott” and “F*** Your Hair” will screen with filmmaker Q&As during special events on January 25, 26, 30 Later this month, the Siskel Film Center will offer audiences a chance to explore current and former grassroots political movements while viewing a pair of Chicago-made docs during special double-feature screenings of F— Your Hair … Continue reading ““Chicago protest” double-bill lights up Siskel Center”

‘Rendezvous in Chicago’ hometown premiere at the Siskel

6+ “You can make a good movie for $20,000 and a good film for $100,000, but you shouldn’t use the same script for both.” Michael Glover Smith Michael Glover Smith’s Rendezvous in Chicago will make its hometown premiere with four screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in February 2019. On the festival circuit, the … Continue reading “‘Rendezvous in Chicago’ hometown premiere at the Siskel”

Baseball drama “High & Outside” to premiere at Siskel

2+ Chicago-native actor Phil Donlon prepared for his latest role by attending baseball camp and hanging out with Roger Clemons Chicago-born actor Phil Donlon got a taste of the big leagues while preparing to portray a player who watches his last chance to get there fade away. High & Outside: a baseball noir is a … Continue reading “Baseball drama “High & Outside” to premiere at Siskel”

Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center

3+ The Midwest’s largest and longest-running Black film festival presents a combined total of over 60 narrative features, documentaries, and shorts     The 24th annual Black Harvest Film Festival opens on Saturday, August 4 when filmmakers and VIPs gather to celebrate the presentation of the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and … Continue reading “Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Center”

Reel mingles into the Siskel Center’s Renaissance Gala

5+ Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio occasionally stopped to chat on their way to grab a drink or browse the posters on display.   Besides offering a ballroom full of dinner guests the opportunity to witness an intimate conversation between Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual Renaissance Gala brought together … Continue reading “Reel mingles into the Siskel Center’s Renaissance Gala”

Ethan Hawke lives up to Siskel Center Renaissance honor

15+ Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio let loose for the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Annual Renaissance Gala last night   Sitting in a couple of easy chairs on a stage in the Ritz Carlton’s Grand Ballroom, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio traded professional and personal stories like old friends on a Sunday afternoon. Their “intimate … Continue reading “Ethan Hawke lives up to Siskel Center Renaissance honor”

Siskel Center grants celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest

7+ Gene Siskel Film Center introduces first-ever production grants to commission new short work in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Black Harvest Film Festival Short film projects will premiere on Opening Night of the 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2019 (Chicago — 24 April 2018) The Gene Siskel Film Center … Continue reading “Siskel Center grants celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest”

Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party

10+ There were a few additions to the Hollywood on State Oscar night viewing party at the Gene Siskel Film Center last night: I ventured into the celebration with staff writer Joey Filer, who wielded a camera and microphone to capture the action for a thrilling video. We asked guests to name their favorite film … Continue reading “Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party”

Best seats in town: Siskel Center Oscar Viewing Party

9+ The Gene Siskel Film Center will once again hosts its annual Oscar viewing party — “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star” — on Sunday, March 4. This star-studded extravaganza, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, BMO Harris Bank, and The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation, gives participants an opportunity to watch the 90th Academy … Continue reading “Best seats in town: Siskel Center Oscar Viewing Party”

Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction

5+ Taking a cue from loyal patrons, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will begin making extensive renovations and technical upgrades to its State St. facility on Friday, Dec. 1. The process will continue through Thursday, Jan. 4. Theater 1 and Theater 2 will have the 17-year-old … Continue reading “Siskel to host “On Location” program during construction”

AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center

4+ The AICP Next Awards will offer much more than a screening of new and experiential media on Monday night. Beginning with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., the event’s inaugural run at the Gene Siskel Film Center expects to draw hundreds of professionals and supporters from Chicago’s advertising, film, visual effects and post-production … Continue reading “AICP Next Awards at Siskel Film Center”

Oscar’s Best Picture thrills Siskel Center guests

When asked to describe her expectations before the telecast of the 2017 Academy Awards at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 14th annual “Hollywood on State” viewing party, legal secretary Joyce Bishop pretty much said that she expected the same-old, same-old.

“The film I liked the most was Moonlight. It’s brave. It’s not a story that’s told all the time, but it’s told so well,” she explained. “But I think La La Land will win.”

Timely doc “Raising Bertie” screens at Siskel Center

THE FIRST THEATRICAL RUN of Kartemquin’s and Beli Film’s award-winning feature doc, “Raising Bertie” produced and directed by Margaret Byrne, screens Nov. 18-19, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Set in North Carolina’s rural Bertie County, the doc is a six-year portrait of three African American boys growing into adulthood as they grapple with unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood and the complex relationships between generational poverty, economic isolation and educational inequity.