AICP Show the climax of November’s many activities

11/7 GREEK FILM FESTIVAL FILM HELLENES  opens two different venues, the Patio Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center for the US premiere of “The Grocer.” This award-winning film by director Dimitris Koutsiabasakos will be preceded by student-filmmaker Stella Kyriakopoulos’ short, “Bob Goes to the Parthenon.” Thereafter, the festival of Greek storyteller in countries throughout the world takes place exclusively at the Patio Theatre.

11/7=14 REELING: THE LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, the world’s second-longest such fest 30 years and a Chicago cultural institution for 31 years, opens with director Darren Stein’s comedy “G.B.F.,” at the Music Box. Thereafter, Reeling branches out to six venues, including to the fest’s home base, Chicago Filmmakers.  Screening followed by a reception at the nearby Laugh Factory.

11/8-21 THE 25TH ANNUAL POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN AMERICA showcases 70-plus features and docs made by Polish filmmakers.  Chicago filmmaker Adrian Prawica directed the opening night doc, “The Fourth Partition,” about the great Polish migration to the US.  All screenings at Facets Cinematique, 1517 W. Fullerton.

11/9 NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION GALA at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Nov. 9

11/12 CHICAGO RECORDING’S “ROCK & SHOP” brings together the artisan creations of by agency/production folks, when they leave their day jobs, for sale at the studio, 232 E. Ohio, noon to 8 p.m. Music, Midwest beers and wines add to the festivities. RSVP to

11/14 PROGEAR RENTAL OPEN HOUSE exclusively introduces and demonstrates Profoto’s new B1 L-Ion battery monolight that allows running TTL through compatible Canon or Nikon cameras.

Profoto rep Michael Gray and ProGear’s Doug Sperling do the honors at two sessions: 9 a.m.-noon one-on-one product demos and 6:30-8:30 p.m. in-depth presentations and demos. To register for the free event, click here.

11/14 QUENTIN TARANTINO’S DJANGO UNCHAINEDis the subject of Columbia College’s always entertaining and provocative Cinema Slapdown, with a rare non-faculty guest, legendary Alderwoman Dorothy (“This is one for the sweatbox!”) Tillman. She faces off with associate professor Dan (“Tarantino is the Master!”) Rybicky.  Referee is Ron Falzone, associate professor and “Talk Cinema” host. 

At Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 7 p.m.  Free and open to all.

11/17 JOHN DAVIES PRIZE-WINNING DOC, five-time festival winner, “The 25,000 Love Story,” chronicles the amazing journey of Swiss endurance athlete Serge Roetheli as he endeavors to run a distance equal to the earth’s circumference to raise money and awareness for impoverished children around the globe. He was accompanied by his wife Nicole, who drove a motorcycle with their supplies and pup tent in tow.

At the Gene Siskel Film Center With special guests, including the doc hero Roetheli, EP/CEO of The Lil’ Red Foundation, and the “Swiss Forrest Gump.”

11/18 CINESPACE AND E.N.D. PRODUCTIONS INDUSTRY RECEPTION to introduce a new stimulus program, with $2.5 million in in-kind services from Cinespace for indie film production, and to create a job incubator to provide minorities with job opportunities. For details and RSVP, phone Delvin Molder, 312/375-3879.

11/19 A TRIO OF IMPORTANT ORGANIZATIONS – Preservation Chicago, Film Archives and Kartemquin Films — present three short docs, about the effect demolition and change had on lives of the people in the community, in Chicago of the 1960s and ‘70s: “Now We Live on Clifton,” Kartemquin Films; “Kali Nihta, Socrates” (“Good Night, Socrates”) Stewart Hagmann and Maria Moraltes; “A Place to Live,” DeWitt Beall.

At the Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m., free and open to all (donations welcome)

11/20 AN EVENING OF GLAMOUR showcases 12 of Lily’s Talent Agency models in the evening wear creations of four top Chicago fashion designers.  Showbiz Shelly hosts the fashion show.  Lily’s and nonprofit F.A.M.E., host the champagne reception followed by the fashion show, held at new Studio 3G, at 1017 W. Washington.  Proceeds will benefit the work aiding young artists with financial aid and mentorship so they can continue with their performing arts careers. Donation is $50.

11/20 AICP NEXT AWARDS will be held a day ahead of the AICP Show, with the winners’ reel and a panel discussion about the Awards and their significance as the tech world continues to turn.  At the Gene Siskel Film Center, at 9:30 a.m.  Free admission with a paid AICP Show ticket.

11/21 THE ANNUAL AICP SHOW traditionally wraps the year’s calendar of events with one of the biggest can’t-miss parties of the year. The winners’ reel unspools at 6:30, leaving plenty of time to schmooze at the 5:30 to midnight cocktail reception.  At the Cultural Center.  Tickets, $150, can be purchased here.

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