Children’s International Film Festival Begins

Yeah, yeah, maybe you missed the Chicago International Film Festival, maybe you hate movies with subtitles, or have never quite gotten past the Bergman chess scene or something…so what? Who doesn’t love a great kids’ movie?

Check out the Children’s International Film Festival, running all week. The schedule has the films broken down into age groups, but my experience has been that nearly all of them are so wonderfully unconventional (to American media-immersed kids) that their appeal is almost never limited strictly to those age groups (older kids almost always dig the movies, even if they’re aimed at younger kids).

Chicago International Film Festival

You’ve still got time to see a few of them, but only a few days. Check out the schedule here.

I meant to get this up week’s ago, but…ah, never mind.

Go see a movie! Here are the Tribune’s picks for the Festival, and here are the picks of The Reader for this week.

And if you can’t get there this week, rent a foreign film–we watched Ajami over the weekend, and were stunned by it. Tragic, brutal, surprising, humane, touching, inevitable…great.

Looking to Procrastinate?

Finished your registration hours? Organized your desk three times already? Looking for a means to put off finishing those syllabi before late, late, late Sunday night?

Check out the Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video at the Gene Siskel Center, just around the corner from us. Go to for the full schedule.

Presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Black Harvest festival showcases films and videos by black artists from around the world.

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