November feast of fests, screenings and seminars

11/6-7 THE 5th ANNUAL CHICAGO COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL has a new home at the newly refurbished 400 Theatre in Rogers Park, where this weekend, Nov. 6-7, it will screen more than 60 films from around the world – with a strong emphasis on female creators.

After four years in the Loop, “We have joined with the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses to help make the neighborhood more entertainment friendly,” says Brent Kado of Flowfeel Films, VP/co-founder of CCFF with his wife, filmmaker/actress Jessica Hardy.

At 6746 N. Sheridan Road. CCFF’s Friday night opening reception is 4-5 p.m. on the red carpet.

11/7 A FREE APPRECIATION SCREENING of the premiere of Mark Harris’ new feature, “Stock Option,” is Harris’ way of saying “thank you” to his supporters on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his 1555 Filmworks, Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Studio Movie Grill at 210 W. 87th St, 7-10 p.m. 

The romcom stars Amin Joseph, Antonique Smith, Tasha Smith, Aaron Spears and Todd Anthony.  It was executive produced by Brett Dismuke and Harris.

11/8 AT CHICAGO SCREENWRITERS NETWORK’S monthly meeting, Christiana Miller, co-founder of CSN and now living in LA, will talk about “E-Publishing your Screenplay for Profit and Audience-Building,” Sunday, Nov. 8.

Miller, author of top selling “Someone Tell Aunt Tillie” e-book series on, will describe why scripts should be turned into books, e-published and marketed on Amazon bestseller lists.

At Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln, 6-8:30 p.m., $10 at the door.

11/9 MUSIC ATTORNEY JAY B. ROSS-turned-“The Rappin’ Lawyer” – hosts a release party for his  “Sue the Bastards” music video series, Monday, Nov. 9 at the Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, 7 p.m.

11/10 “TELLTALE HEARTS: Four Films of Love & Death,” is presented by Elevator Films, the non-profit company founded by Eddie and Susie Linker, which donates all net profits from the screenings to help fund several Chicago youth arts programs. 

The program of four short films will screen at The Attic, above Hamburger Mary’s. 5000 N. Clark, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Free popcorn and candy; cash bar and food available for purchase. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased here.  

11/10 INDEPENDENT WRITERS OF CHICAGO will learn “All You Need to Know about Shooting a Video: How to Get in the Game” from production expert Tom McCosky of McCoskey Film & Video, Tuesday, Nov. 10. McCosky spent 14 years with United Airlines shooting wherever the airlines flew.  McCosky’s clients include “Entertainment Tonight,” realty shows, corporate and sports.

At the Glatz Center, 126 E Chestnut/115 E. Delaware, room 4F, networking at 5 p.m., program at 6 p.m. IWOC members free, non-members. $15.

11/14 AN EVENING WITH DANNY KRAVITZ, Emmy-winning screenwriter, Columbia College instructor and lecturer at places like Second City and Story Studio, will lead an interactive lecture on “Story Writing and Selling Your Ideas for the Screen,” Saturday, Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m. at Northwestern, 1823 Campus Drive, Evanston.

The goal of the three-part series is “to give writers of all levels of experience the knowledge and tools to write great stories and to find individually defined success while also understanding screenwriter and storytelling at its highest and commercially viable levels,” he says.

Presented by Linda Frothingham’s, tickets are $75Use “Reel50” Code discount and pay $37.50. Sponsored by Throughline Films.

11/14 KAY D. RAY’S MUSIC DOC, “Lady be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz,” is being presented by the partnership of the Wilmette Theatre and the Music Institute of Chicago at the Wilmette Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 14.

The screening and talk-back with award-winning filmmaker Ray, kicks off the Music Institute’s 6th Annual Jazz Festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz.

The 100-year old, non-profit Wilmette Theatre serves as the multi-arts and performance center in the downtown Wilmette business district.  

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