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Film Festivals find their way to Chicago cinemas this spring

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Music Box Theatre on 3733 North Southport Avenue will host the Access Contemporary Music’s Sound of Silent Film Festival on April 29 and The Found Footage Festival on May 1. For more information, visit

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (May 1-May 4) offers more than 90 features, shorts and videos to the public as well as 75+ live bands and DJs—for free! This year’s keynote speaker is Louis Black, co-founder of South By Southwest. Screenings include: Martin Atkins Presents the Punk Rock Revolution and From the Cutting Room Floor, both on May 2, at Logan Lounge on 2646 N Milwaukee Avenue; A Safe Haven: Music Revolution to End Homelessness on May 3 at Gorilla Tango on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue; and LSD: Logline, Synopsis, Demo... and Pitch on May 3 at CIMMfest Headquarters on 1439 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Panel discussions are also planned. Make reservations to attend the festival’s events at

Previews of never-before-seen footage of four upcoming documentaries will be screened at the 2014 Kartemquin Spring Showcase at 8:30 p.m. on May 2 at the 
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on 164 N. State Street. Tickets ($6-$11) include a post-screening filmmaker reception for all attendees.

“Because of his work in front of and behind the camera, Fred Savage is an ideal person to open the CineYouth Festival,” states Rebecca Fons, CineYouth Festival Director. “He is one of a handful of talents who seamlessly transitioned from acting into one of the most in-demand television directors working today. We look forward to celebrating his work and speaking with him about his path from Chicago to Hollywood, as well as hearing his advice for young directors.” Presented by the Cinema/Chicago and the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, the three-day festival (May 8-10) features free screenings and events at Columbia College Chicago on 1104 South Wabash. For a full lineup, visit


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