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Film is the visual documentation of our culture, telling us where we have been and how an artist sees us. It's a way to experience emotion we aren't normally accustomed to feeling and an internationally recognized medium of expression. Starting tonight, the 47th annual Chicago International Film Festival will open with a showing of Director, Joe Maggio's Last Rites of Joe May. The fest will occupy several venues citywide and run until October 20th.
In the longstanding spirit of nurturing new, undiscovered, exemplatory local and international talent, the opening film ($30) is a Chicago creation. Dennis Farina and the members of the Steppenwolf Theater Company present Last Rites of Joe May at the Chicago Theater. Farina as an aging hustler whose way of life is at a crossroads in this film shot in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood is a prime example of the vitality of Chicago filmmaking.
· Chicago International Film Festival [Official Site]