2007 Chicago International Film Festival

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It’s that time again—festival season. October is a busy month in Chicago for film festivals, with the Iranian Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival at Facets. But today begins the Big One—The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America.

Once again, I’ll be reviewing a wide variety of films from all over the world (and a few from right here in the good old U.S. of A., including John Sayles’ new movie Honeydripper). This year, I’ll be joined in this orgy of the flickering image by Kathryn Ware, whose contributions to coverage of the 2007 European Union Film Festival grace this site. You’ll be able to read these reviews right here on Ferdy on Films. We welcome fans of The Beachwood Reporter who followed my coverage of the CIFF on that site last year.

I won’t be attending the opening night to see Roger Ebert, to whom this year’s festival is dedicated, receive his lifetime achievement award from Cinema/Chicago. It couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving guy. Good on ya, Roger, and come back to the airwaves soon!

I’ll be seeing my first screening tomorrow. Look for the first review late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
And we’re off……! l

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