10/23 GOOD PITCH CHICAGO started in England and came to Chicago because of its amazing filmmaking talent. Seven filmmakers were chosen to pitch their docs for potential funding opportunities. At the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, starting at 10 a.m.
10/24 LCA BENEFIT LUNCHEON elebrating 41 years of pro bono legal service for the arts. Honored will be Cultural Affairs commissioner Michelle Boone, Henry Fogel, Roosevelt University, Joe Segal, Jazz Showcase, the John Marshall Law Schoool and the Thomas R. Leavens Award to Andrew L. Goldstein. At the Palmer House, noon.
10/26 ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY HAL “CORKY” KESSLER” conducts an all-day seminar on “Insider Secrets for Getting Your Independent Feature Film Made,” at Cinespace Studios, 16th St. and Ogden Ave. The $45 fee includes a box lunch and tour of Cinespace stages; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
10/26 ESSANAY’S GALA MASQUERADE BALL to benefit the restoration of one of the world’s first and last silent film studios, will be held at the historic Studio A/Charlie Chaplin Studios, with a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and more. At 1345 W. Argyle. Tickets on sale here.
10/27 FACETS FAMILY CELEBRATION BOO! BASH, celebrating 30 years of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, hosts a Halloween-themed screening of the world’s greatest and spookiest films for kids, followed by a party. Hollywood celebrities will judge the best kids’ Halloween costumes. All proceeds support Facets’ year-round educational programs and CICFF. At Park West, 322 W. Armitage.
10/30 DIVERSE VOICES IN DOCS 2013 GRADUATION screening of the first projects from Diverse Voices graduates, the six-month mentorship program for docmakers of color run by Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop. Also the launch date for submissions for the next 20 filmmakers selected for 2014’s program. At the Reva and Logan Center for the Artists, 915 E. 60th St., University of Chicago, 7 p.m.