Tracy S. Letts is an American actor and screenwriter, he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County and a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He is known for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's Homeland, for which he has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards as a member of the ensemble, he portrays Nick on the HBO comedy Divorce. In 2017, Letts starred in three critically acclaimed films: Lady Bird and The Post; the latter two films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Letts wrote the screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, his 2009 play Superior Donuts was adapted into a television series of the same name. 2019 will mark his first screenplay not to be adapted from his own work, with The Woman in the Window, based on the eponymous novel by A.
J. Finn. Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to author Billie Letts and college professor and actor Dennis Letts, he has two brothers, Shawn, a musician, Dana. Letts was raised in Durant and graduated from Durant High School in the early 1980s, he moved to Dallas, where he waited tables and worked in telemarketing while starting out as an actor. He appeared in Jerry Flemmons' O Dammit!, part of a new playwrights' series sponsored by Southern Methodist University. Letts moved to Chicago at the age of 20, worked for the next 11 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Famous Door, he is still an active member of Steppenwolf. He was a founding member of Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre, whose members included Greg Kotis, Michael Shannon, Paul Dillon, Amy Pietz. In 1991, Letts wrote the play Killer Joe. Two years the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Evanston, followed by the 29th Street Rep in NYC. Since Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 languages, his mother Billie Letts has said of his work, "I try to be funny.
Everybody in Tracy's stories gets naked or dead." Letts' plays have been about people struggling with spiritual questions. He says he was inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams and the novels of William Faulkner and Jim Thompson. Letts considers sound to be a strong storytelling tool for theater. During the late 1980s through the late 2000s Letts acted in many of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's plays. In particular he starred in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Letts is a playwright, his most famous, August: Osage County, premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2007, closed on August 26, 2007. It had its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre on December 4, 2007, the production transferred to the Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008; the Broadway show closed on June 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews. Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play in 2008; the show went on to receive seven Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Play. Letts has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his plays Man from Nebraska and The Minutes, the Pulitzer committee describing the latter as a "shocking drama set in a mundane city council meeting that acidly articulates a uniquely American toxicity that feels both historic and contemporary."In 2012, Letts gained attention for his performance in his Broadway debut in the revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Booth Theatre.
He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. In 2019, Letts will appear in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons with Annette Bening at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre; the show will open April 22, 2019 and is set to close June 23, 2019. Early in his acting career, in the 1990s through the mid 2000s, Letts appeared in a variety of TV shows including Prison Break, The District, Strong Medicine, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, Early Edition, Home Improvement. In 2013-14 Letts joined Showtime's Emmy Award-winning Homeland as US Senator Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4, he was nominated with the rest of the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. In 2016, Letts joined HBO's martial comedy-drama Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. On November 2, 2018, HBO renewed the show for a third season. In 2018, Letts was cast in the second season of USA Network's anthology crime drama series The Sinner opposite Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon.
Letts has written the screenplays for three feature films based on plays of the same names written by Letts: Bug, Killer Joe. In 2015, Letts starred in Adam McKay's flashy ensemble The Big Short with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt; the film gained positive reception and went onto receive five Academy Award nominations including a win for Adapted Screenplay. In 2016, Letts starred in several independent films including Todd Solondz's dark comedy Wiener-Dog alongside Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito, Antonio Campos' Christine with Rebecca Hall, Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon with Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon, he starred in James Schamus' film adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, Indignation with Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein. The film premiered at the Sundan
DVD is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs. Prerecorded DVDs are mass-produced using molding machines that physically stamp data onto the DVD; such discs are a form of DVD-ROM because data can only be not written or erased. Blank recordable DVD discs can be recorded once using a DVD recorder and function as a DVD-ROM. Rewritable DVDs can be erased many times. DVDs are used in DVD-Video consumer digital video format and in DVD-Audio consumer digital audio format as well as for authoring DVD discs written in a special AVCHD format to hold high definition material. DVDs containing other types of information may be referred to as DVD data discs; the Oxford English Dictionary comments that, "In 1995 rival manufacturers of the product named digital video disc agreed that, in order to emphasize the flexibility of the format for multimedia applications, the preferred abbreviation DVD would be understood to denote digital versatile disc."
The OED states that in 1995, "The companies said the official name of the format will be DVD. Toshiba had been using the name ‘digital video disc’, but, switched to ‘digital versatile disc’ after computer companies complained that it left out their applications.""Digital versatile disc" is the explanation provided in a DVD Forum Primer from 2000 and in the DVD Forum's mission statement. There were several formats developed for recording video on optical discs before the DVD. Optical recording technology was invented by David Paul Gregg and James Russell in 1958 and first patented in 1961. A consumer optical disc data format known as LaserDisc was developed in the United States, first came to market in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, it used much larger discs than the formats. Due to the high cost of players and discs, consumer adoption of LaserDisc was low in both North America and Europe, was not used anywhere outside Japan and the more affluent areas of Southeast Asia, such as Hong-Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
CD Video released in 1987 used analog video encoding on optical discs matching the established standard 120 mm size of audio CDs. Video CD became one of the first formats for distributing digitally encoded films in this format, in 1993. In the same year, two new optical disc storage formats were being developed. One was the Multimedia Compact Disc, backed by Philips and Sony, the other was the Super Density disc, supported by Toshiba, Time Warner, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Thomson, JVC. By the time of the press launches for both formats in January 1995, the MMCD nomenclature had been dropped, Philips and Sony were referring to their format as Digital Video Disc. Representatives from the SD camp asked IBM for advice on the file system to use for their disc, sought support for their format for storing computer data. Alan E. Bell, a researcher from IBM's Almaden Research Center, got that request, learned of the MMCD development project. Wary of being caught in a repeat of the costly videotape format war between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s, he convened a group of computer industry experts, including representatives from Apple, Sun Microsystems and many others.
This group was referred to as the Technical Working Group, or TWG. On August 14, 1995, an ad hoc group formed from five computer companies issued a press release stating that they would only accept a single format; the TWG voted to boycott both formats unless the two camps agreed on a converged standard. They recruited president of IBM, to pressure the executives of the warring factions. In one significant compromise, the MMCD and SD groups agreed to adopt proposal SD 9, which specified that both layers of the dual-layered disc be read from the same side—instead of proposal SD 10, which would have created a two-sided disc that users would have to turn over; as a result, the DVD specification provided a storage capacity of 4.7 GB for a single-layered, single-sided disc and 8.5 GB for a dual-layered, single-sided disc. The DVD specification ended up similar to Toshiba and Matsushita's Super Density Disc, except for the dual-layer option and EFMPlus modulation designed by Kees Schouhamer Immink.
Philips and Sony decided that it was in their best interests to end the format war, agreed to unify with companies backing the Super Density Disc to release a single format, with technologies from both. After other compromises between MMCD and SD, the computer companies through TWG won the day, a single format was agreed upon; the TWG collaborated with the Optical Storage Technology Association on the use of their implementation of the ISO-13346 file system for use on the new DVDs. Movie and home entertainment distributors adopted the DVD format to replace the ubiquitous VHS tape as the primary consumer digital video distribution format, they embraced DVD as it produced higher quality video and sound, provided superior data lifespan, could be interactive. Interactivity on LaserDiscs had proven desirable to consumers collectors; when LaserDisc prices dropped from $100 per
John C. Reilly
John Christopher Reilly is an American actor, singer, voice actor and producer who made his film debut in Brian De Palma's war film Casualties of War. Reilly gained exposure through his supporting roles in Days of Thunder, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The River Wild, he starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's films, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. For his performance in Chicago, Reilly was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe Award, he worked with director Martin Scorsese on both Gangs of The Aviator. In 2007, he starred in the comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, garnering him a Grammy Award nomination and a second Golden Globe Award nomination for the song performed in the film, "Walk Hard". Reilly starred with Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen in the Adam McKay-directed comedies Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, he voiced the title character in the commercially successful animated film Wreck-It Ralph and appeared in the superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Kong: Skull Island.
Since 2010, Reilly has been starring in the television series Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, playing the titular character that originated on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. In 2018 he starred as the comedian Oliver Hardy in Ollie; the role won him the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Reilly performs with his band John Reilly and Friends and worked as a stage actor in True West, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Reilly was born in Chicago, the fifth of six children, his father was of Irish and Scottish descent, his mother was of Lithuanian ancestry. His father ran an industrial linen supply company. Reilly has described himself as being mischievous during his childhood, highlighting an event when he was 12 in which he and his friends stole 500 boxes of Sugar Corn Pops from a freight train. Reilly grew-up in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Reilly attended Brother Rice High School, he is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.
Reilly made his film debut in the Brian De Palma war film Casualties of War as PFC Herbert Hatcher in 1989. Although his role was written as a small one, De Palma liked Reilly's performance so much that the role was expanded, he played Buck, Tom Cruise's character's NASCAR car chief in Tony Scott's Days of Thunder in June 1990. That September, he played an Irish hoodlum named Stevie McGuire in the crime film State of Grace, which starred Sean Penn. In 1992's Hoffa, Reilly played Jimmy Hoffa's associate. Reilly appeared in a supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, playing one of the titular character's friends, his next role was in The River Wild, in which Reilly appeared alongside Kevin Bacon as a pair of criminals who terrorise a family during a rafting trip. In 1995, Reilly appeared in the psychological thriller Dolores Claiborne as a police constable and in the drama Georgia as a drug-addict drummer in the band Jennifer Jason Leigh's character joins. Reilly collaborated with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson in his directorial debut Hard Eight, playing a man in need of $6,000 to pay for the burial of his mother, taken under the wing of experienced gambler Sydney.
Reilly further collaborated with Anderson, playing pornographic actor Reed Rothchild in Boogie Nights. Terrence Malick's ensemble war film, The Thin Red Line featured Reilly in a supporting role, written as a larger one, but much of his scenes were deleted along with many other cast members. In 1999, Reilly starred in the independent film The Settlement alongside William Fichtner, which Variety writer Robert Koehler dismissed as a "write-off" despite praising his performance; that same year, Reilly was cast in the romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, playing the role of Drew Barrymore's newspaper managing editor. In Sam Raimi's sports drama For Love of the Game, released the same year, Reilly played fictional baseball catcher Gus Sinski; the box office hit The Perfect Storm was his only release of 2000 and featured Reilly as a veteran crew member on the Andrea Gail fishing vessel, caught in the 1991 Perfect Storm. In the Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming directed comedy The Anniversary Party, he played director Mac Forsyth.
His first release of 2002 was Miguel Arteta's comedy-drama The Good Girl, in which Reilly played Jennifer Aniston's character's stoner husband, treated unfaithfully by his wife with a younger man, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. In the year, Reilly appeared in three of the year's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees – Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours. In Chicago, he played Amos Hart, Roxanne's trusting husband and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Zellweger remarked that "John is so the best thing about the movies he's in" and critic Roger Ebert praised the "pathetic sincere naivete" that Reilly brought to the role. Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York featured Reilly as corrupt 19th-century constable "Happy Jack" Mulraney, while Stephen Daldry's drama The Hours saw him play the husband to Ju
Reginald "Reggie" C. Hayes is an American actor and director, he is best known for his role as William Dent on Girlfriends. Reginald Hayes was born on July 1969 in Chicago, Illinois; as the youngest of four, he had to continuously work hard to keep up with his siblings. Reggie always had an interest in the arts, but was obliged to attend the “Northwestern Military Naval Academy”, who recognized him as one of three “Notable Men of the Academy.” After the Academy, Reggie’s love for acting inspired him to attend Illinois State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Theater. In 2004, he won the “Outstanding Young Alumni Award” and was a member of the “Illinois Shakespeare Festival.” Reggie is an avid supporter of his community and worked alongside his sister at various events for a charity dear to his heart, the “Reginald and Frances Hayes H. O. P. E. Scholarship Award”, he made a surprise appearance at the University of Illinois in 2009 to present scholarships to deserving students. Reggie continues to help charities with missions he is passionate about in the hope of creating positive change.
Reggie is best known for his role as William Dent on BET/UPN/CW’s hit T. V. show “Girlfriends” that aired for 8 years until 2008. It earned him the “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for three NAACP Image Awards, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2007. Reggie went on to appear in several other movies and T. V. shows, including Criminal Minds, Will & Grace and NCIS. After a short career break, Hayes teamed up with Key Entertainment to launch his new brand. Actor Reginald C. Hayes was among the first to be recognized as one of three "Notable Men of the Academy" from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy on May 28, 2011. Chicago productions of "Chicago Conspiracy Trial" "A Raisin in the Sun" The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts "Hellcab Does Christmas" "Bang the Drum Slowly" "Othello" "Five Times Noh" "Any Place but Here" "Less Than Equal" "Native Speech" "No One Goes Mad" "Inspecting Carol" "Richard II" Numerous other Shakespeare productions. Reggie Hayes on IMDb Reggie Hayes's biography on filmbug Sexiest Man Alive 2007 Cinemax FEMME FATALES episode guide Instagram @reggieh69
Michael Corbett Shannon is an American actor and musician. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals, he earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in 99 Homes, a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Long Day's Journey into Night. Shannon made his film debut in 1993 with Groundhog Day and received widespread attention for his performance in 8 Mile, he is known for his on-screen versatility, performing in dramas. His projects include Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Iceman, Man of Steel, The Shape of Water. Shannon is a frequent collaborator of Jeff Nichols, appearing in all of his films: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, Loving, he is known for his role as Nelson Van Alden in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire, for which he was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Shannon was born in Lexington, is a grandson of entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. His father, Donald Sutherlin Shannon, was an accounting professor at DePaul University, his mother, Geraldine Hine, is a lawyer, he was raised by his divorced parents in both Lexington and Chicago, Illinois. Shannon's first film role was as the main character in the music video for the Every Mother's Nightmare song "House of Pain", in which he played a troubled teenager, running away from his abusive lifestyle, he became a stage actor in Chicago. He helped found A Red Orchid Theatre, where he still performs, he has since worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, other acting companies. Shannon originated the role of Peter Evans in Bug in 1996 and starred in the 2006 film adaptation with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. directed by William Friedkin. His roles in Bug and Killer Joe were written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts. Shannon made his film debut with a small role in Groundhog Day in 1993 as a wedding groom.
He had roles in Jesus' Son, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile and Vanilla Sky. He played the villain in Kangaroo Jack. After a role in Bad Boys II, he had a major role in Grand Theft Parsons as the hippie, Larry Oster-Berg. In 2006, he played the leader of Lynard, in Let's Go to Prison. Shannon has appeared in several shows in the West End in London, including a production of Woyzeck directed by Sarah Kane. In 2008, Shannon was featured in the off-Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Little Flower of East Orange, presented by LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and featuring Ellen Burstyn. In 2008, he starred in the romantic drama film Revolutionary Road, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, his performance as the clinically insane son earned him universal acclaim, won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he portrayed Doc Cross Williams in the film adaptation of Jonah Hex. Shannon played Federal Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in the HBO television show Boardwalk Empire, which began in 2010.
In November of that year, he began starring in the one man play Mistakes Were Made at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, with performances having run through February 27, 2012. Shannon had performed the show in 2009 at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago. In 2011, Shannon starred in the drama film Take Shelter, he received rave reviews for his performance, a Saturn Award for Best Actor. In 2012, he played a corrupt cop in the film Premium Rush and directed by David Koepp, appeared on Broadway in Grace along with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. In 2013, he starred as legendary mob hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, distributed in May 2013, his performance received much acclaim from critics. That year, Shannon portrayed General Zod, the main antagonist in Zack Snyder's film Man of Steel. Shannon portrayed music icon Elvis Presley alongside Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon. In 2015, he was seen in the biographical drama film Freeheld, as well as the independent drama film 99 Homes as housing agent Rick Carver, a role that earned him widespread critical acclaim, nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.2015 was the release year for The Night Before where Shannon played Mr. Green alongside Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The following year, he starred in the psychological thriller film Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance as a detective investigating the violent incident garnered him critical acclaim, was nominated for his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he played Col. Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Toro's romantic fantasy film The Shape of Water; the film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. In 2018, he played the lead role as Gary Noesner in Waco on Paramount Network. In 2002, Shannon formed the indie rock band Corporal, along with Rob Beitzel. Shannon writes lyrics for the band. In 2010, Corporal released their self-titled debut album. Following the album's release two MP3 tracks have been released for download; the first track "Glory" was released in 2011 and the second song titled "Obama" was released
Page Nye Hamilton is an American guitarist, singer and record producer noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the hard rock and alternative metal styles, though he trained in jazz guitar and has substantial connections with avant-garde music and film soundtrack composition. Hamilton was born in Portland and raised in Medford, Oregon. Hamilton studied guitar at the University of Oregon before moving to New York to study jazz guitar at the Manhattan School of Music. While there he played in avant-garde composer Glenn Branca's guitar orchestra, performing the composer's Symphony No.6, joined noise rock band Band of Susans, performing on their Love Agenda album and Peel Sessions, before forming his own group, Helmet. Helmet signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records, releasing a number of 7" singles and one album, 1990's Strap It On; the band signed to Interscope Records, releasing Meantime, Betty and Size Matters. After leaving Interscope, the band released the albums Seeing Eye Dog.
Meantime was the band's principal commercial success, being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was well received by music critics and is seen as an influential metal record and earning a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for 1993. Following Helmet's temporary dissolution, Hamilton formed another rock band, with former Liege Lord guitarist Anthony Truglio, John Andrews, Christian Bongers, Matt Flynn. Though the band did not release any music several demo songs were leaked. Many of these were recorded for the Size Matters and Monochrome releases by Helmet. While still active with Helmet, Hamilton embarked on a career composing and performing music for film, working on movies including Heat, Titus, In Dreams and Chicago Cab. Helmet contributed to a number of movie soundtracks, including The Crow, Feeling Minnesota, Johnny Mnemonic, Saw 3, appearing in The Jerky Boys: The Movie. Hamilton has worked as a record producer, most notably producing the album Distort Yourself by former Bush singer Gavin Rossdale's band Institute.
He has produced albums for the bands Bullets and Octane, Classic Case, Totimoshi. During Helmet's hiatus, Hamilton performed as lead guitarist for David Bowie's band on the singer's Hours Tour, he has collaborated with German avant-garde guitarist Caspar Brötzmann on the live improvisational album Zulutime and performed on a number of other artists' works, including trumpeter Ben Neill's Goldbug, alt-country songwriter Joe Henry's Trampoline, Irish rock band Therapy?'s Troublegum and British post-punk group Wire's Object 47. As a jazz musician, he has performed with his own groups, the Page Hamilton Quintet and the Jazz Wannabes, with fellow guitarist and mentor John Stowell, he has produced a guitar instruction DVD, Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. In 2014, Hamilton appeared on Linkin Park's sixth studio album The Hunting Party, which he provided additional vocals and guitars on the album's second track "All for Nothing"; the song was self-produced by Brad Delson.
Since 2002 he resides in California. Hamilton endorsed ESP Guitars in the 1990s, is best known for playing ESP Horizon guitars with either a Floyd Rose or Wilkinson tremolo, DiMarzio Airzone pickups. In 2006 ESP announced a Page Hamilton signature model, featuring a single DiMarzio Airzone pickup and Wilkinson tremolo. In 2009, ESP announced a further signature model guitar, this time modeled after Page's own ESP Horizon Custom, featuring a distressed magenta finish emulating the original guitar's road wear and character and, again, a single DiMarzio Air Zone pickup, he has used guitars by PRS and G&L. Official website Official Helmet website Page Hamilton on IMDb
Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival held every fall. Founded in 1964 by Michael Kutza, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America, its logo is a stark and white close up of the composite eyes of early film actresses Theda Bara, Pola Negri and Mae Murray, set as repeated frames in a strip of film. In 2010, the 46th Chicago International Film Festival presented 150 films from more than 50 countries; the Festival's program is composed of many different sections, including the International Competition, New Directors Competition, Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, Reel Women. Its main venue is the AMC River East 21 Theatre in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago; the International Connections Program was created in 2003 in order to raise awareness of the international film culture and diversity of Chicago, to make the festival more appealing to audience and staff of various ethnicities. Foreign films are screened for free throughout the city weekly from July through September.
2018 - Jesper Christensen for Before the Frost 2017 - Aleksandr Yatsenko for Arrhythmia 2016 – Adrian Titieni for Graduation 2015 – Alexi Mathieu and Jules Gauzelin for A Childhood 2014 – Anton Yelchin for Rudderless 2013 – Robert Wieckiewicz for Walesa: Man of Hope 2012 – Denis Lavant for Holy Motors 2011 – Maged El Kedwany for 678 2010 – Youssouf Djaoro for A Screaming Man 2009 – Filippo Timi for Vincere 2008 – Michael Fassbender for Hunger 2007 – Sam Riley for Control 2006 – Jürgen Vogel for The Free Will 1989 – Jörg Gudzuhn for Fallada, letztes Kapitel 1987 – Avtandil Makharadze for Monanieba 1971 – Ezzatollah Entezami for The Cow 2018 - Zhao Tao for Ash Is Purest White 2017 - Jowita Budnik and Eliane Umuhire for Birds Are Singing in Kigali 2016 – Rebecca Hall for Christine 2015 – Lizzie Brocheré for Full Contact 2014 – Geraldine Chaplin for Sand Dollars 2013 – Nadeshda Brennicke for Banklady 2012 – Ulla Skoog for The Last Sentence 2011 – Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur 2010 – Liana Liberato for Trust 2009 – Giovanna Mezzogiorno for Vincere 2008 – Preity Zinta for Heaven on Earth 2007 – Yu Nan for Tuya's Marriage 2006 – Viktoriya Isakova, Darya Moroz, Anna Ukolova for The Spot 2005 – Inka Friedrich, Nadja Uhl for Summer in Berlin 2003 – Ludivine Sagnier for Little Lili Winners of the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award include Steven Spielberg, Helen Hunt, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Landau, Shirley MacLaine, Lord Richard Attenborough, François Truffaut, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Williams, Manoel de Oliveira, Clint Eastwood.
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