Women producers discuss future of female filmmakers

Paula Froehle, panelist

THREE WOMEN FILMMAKERS whose work premieres in the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, join two local producers in a Community Cinema screening and discussion of Makers: Women In Hollywood Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Elizabeth Brackett, a correspondent for Ch. 11’s Chicago Tonight, moderates the panel: Chicago’s Paula Froehle, filmmaker and executive director of the Chicago Media Project and Megan Maples, executive producer, Dictionary Films; festival participants producer-writer Marie Ullrich (The Alley Cat), Sarah Violet-Bliss (Fort Tilden) of New York, and Iranian filmmaker Sepideh Farsi (Red Rose, Tehran Without Permission).

Presented by WTTW and ITVS, in partnership with DCase, CIFF, IFP/Chicago, Women in Film Chicago, Chicago Foundation for Women and the Film Festival.

At the Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 78 E. Washington St., 2 p.m. Free and open to all. 

MICKEY ROONEY’s final film performance will grace the historic Pickwick Theatre Thursday, Oct. 9 in a screening of Tony DeGuide’s horror feature The Voices From Beyond.  Rooney plays a retired Chicago police chief and the grandfather of writer-producer-director-star DeGuide’s character, a detective haunted by supernatural visions. 

With many regulars from DeGuide’s Windy City Films productions, including Fred Williamson, Joe Estevez, Robert Z’Dar, and Linnea Quigley, many of whom will attend the screening.  It’s at 9 p.m. at 5 S. Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge.

ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE PORTAGE: The documentary Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, produced and directed by John Wellingon Ennis and  executive produced by Holly Mosher (Bonsai People) and Rebecca Lynn Minkin, screens Monday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m., free and open to all.

It’s about the influence of money in the electoral system, “high drama on the Ohio campaign trail… the secret history of the game Monopoly, and… the underworld of L.A. street art.” 

With well known public figures such as disgraced political lobbyist Jack Abramoff, author/philosopher Noam Chomsky and economist Robert Reich.  Ennis will attend the screening.

THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF 137 FILMS, the science documentary production company of Clayton Brown and Monica Long (The Atom Smashers, The Believers) will be celebrated at their annual Science Fair, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at 1133 W. Fulton Market.

The evening offers their specialty cocktail, Cold Fusion, designed and served by mixologists from Longman & Eagle, previews of current projects and entertainment. For tickets, click here.

TRISTAN PATTERSON’S “DRAGONSLAYER,” the 2011 SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary about California skating legend Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, screens Monday, Oct. 20 as part of the Run of Life series programmed by Christy LeMaster of The Nightingale and Beckie Stocchetti of Kartemquin Films. 

Released by local Drag City Records, Dragonslayer plays at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., along with Eva Marie Rødbro’s 15-minute I Touched Her Legs.

Nick Nummerdor of Little Cabin Films and Chicago Youth Skateboard Project moderates a post-screening Q&A.

WILLIAM L. COCHRAN’S DRAMA Englewood: The Growing Pains in Chicago, headlines the 4th annual Englewood International Film Festival, Oct. 23-26.  Cochran, Rodney Harvey, and David Cowan star as three friends trying to survive their senior year in high school.  It screens Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Chatham 14, 210 E. 87th St. 

It screens with Kevin Cooper’s short The Painter, about a 12-year-old boy whose art is his escape from the violence in his neighborhood.  The festival, founded by Mark Harris (Black Coffee) of 1555 Filmworks, runs Oct. 23-26.

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