Bicycle Film Festival

The Bicycle Film Festival is coming to Chicago February 25-26, and is proud to announce its Tenth Annual celebration! The BFF was started by Brendt Barbur after his infamous bicycle accident with a bus in New York over 10 years ago. The BFF has expanded from its beginnings in New York to include 40 stops from Tokyo to Sydney to London worldwide. In these last ten years the BFF has given the bicycle movement a
venue to make, show and celebrate their movies and art. The Bicycle Film Festival has been a major catalyst for the rise of cycling in communities and city centers around the world.

The 10th Anniversary Edition features the following film highlights(links to trailers underneath synopsis):
BIRTH OF BIG AIR (Dir by Jeff Tremaine, produced by Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Mark Lewman) A documentary about BMX legend Mat Hoffman.

LINE OF SIGHT: LUCAS BRUNELLE (Dir. Benny Zenga) His helmet-cam footage of unsanctioned street races around the globe gives us a unique perspective on the best urban riders in the world.

RIDING THE LONG WHITE CLOUD(Dir. Alex Craig) Seven professional skateboarders attempt to cycle New Zealand’s North Island in this beautiful documentary. They experience the Heaven and Hell of cycling New Zealand while traversing the island in search of skate spots.

CYCLOCROSS MEETING(Dir. Brian Vernor) This film showcases the currently exploding US cyclocross scene, and the emerging Japanese cyclocross scene. Following Barry Wicks & Adam McGrath to the top races in the US & Japan, where they compete against seven time Japanese National Champion Keiichi Tsujiura, and the up and coming talent Yu Takenouchi.

The first two LUC students at each screening get in free.


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American Documentary Showcase

Check out this N.Y. Times article on the American Documentary Showcase, a project of the State Department. They are showing some great U.S. films about diversity issues around the globe, and taking filmmakers abroad!

American Documentary Showcase

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7th Annual Loyola Festival of Arab Cinema

November 12 & 13
Galvin Auditorium
Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Center
Loyola University Chicago
6339 North Sheridan Road

Friday, November 12

Free Middle Eastern Buffet

Laila’s Birthday (2008)
Director: Rashid Masharawi.
Feature Film | Palestine | 71 min.

Official Selection – London, Toronto, and San Sebastian Film Festivals

Caramel (2007)
Director: Nadine Labaki
Feature Film | Lebanon | 93 min.

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight

Saturday, November 13

Captain Abu Raed (2007)
Director: Amin Matalqa
Feature Film | Jordan | 102 min.

Winner – World Cinema Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival

Dunia- Kiss Me Not on the Eyes (2006)
Director: Jocelyne Saab
Feature Film | Egypt | 108 min.
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize [World Cinema, Dramatic] Sundance Film
Festival, 2006

The Kite (2004)
Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag
Feature Film | Lebanon | 80 min.

Winner – Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival

All Screenings are Free.
Sponsored by: Loyola Campus Greens, LUCine, MESA, and SAF
For Further information call 773-508-3725 or e-mail

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Raindance Reunion Event

Raindance is the impromptu group that wrote about/experimented with the first Portapaks.(They eventually became a formal non-profit organization). Loyola will be flying in 7 of the original members. Raindance is remembered, in part, because they dialogued/wrote about/videotaped their thoughts and discussions about video. What happens when video goes into the hands of the people? And then artists? The group really imagined Youtube before the infrastructure was built to support it.

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Talking Pictures Festival


The 2011 Talking Pictures Festival invites independent filmmakers to submit their films to its annual festival competition. Now in its third year, the festival takes place in April 2011 in Evanston, IL and attracts filmgoers from the entire Chicago metro-area.

What we’re looking for…
We seek films that are thought-provoking, intriguing, entertaining, vibrant, authentic, artful and informative. From dramatic films to hard-hitting documentaries, comedic shorts, animation or experimental films, we invite independent filmmakers to send us their work for consideration. All genres, styles and lengths welcome! Cash awards for winning film entries.

Connecting with the audience…
True to its name, screenings at The Talking Pictures Festival foster a lively dialogue between filmmakers and audience members and get the community involved.

“What a wonderful experience the Talking Pictures Festival was! It totally lived up to its name… The shared experience of a film, and then being able to discuss it right away with a group is so important. This was really why I made the film – as a catalyst for discussion, challenging people to ask difficult questions.”

– Laura Israel, Director: WINDFALL
2010 Talking Pictures Festival

“Early Bird” DEADLINE: December 1, 2010
Regular DEADLINE: December 20, 2010
Late DEADLINE: January 4, 2011

Entry form and more info at:

Submit your entry at:

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HRI Halloween Video Challenge

Frights! Camera! Action! Enter Home Run Inn’s 3rd Annual “Halloween Video Challenge” for a chance at the Grand Prize of $2,500 and a Halloween “Party in a Box”! In honor of National Pizza Month and Halloween, Home Run Inn is looking for the best aspiring filmmakers, movie buffs, and pizza lovers to make original 2 minute HRI horror films. Online voters and a judging panel will choose their favorite freaky flicks. Submit your film by October 18 and find out if you’re a winner on October 26. HRI’s “Halloween Video Challenge” is open to U.S. Residents age 18 or older as of 9/27/10. Entries must be “family friendly” and may not contain firearms or sexually explicit content. For complete rules and submissions visit

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Campus MovieFest October 19-29

Campus MovieFest is coming to Loyola University Chicago with incredible prizes, great exposure opportunities, and exciting new categories LUCine and SAF are bringing CAMPUS MOVIEFEST to the Loyola Lake  Shore Campus on Tuesday, October 19.  There will  be a finale and  awards ceremony on Friday, October 29 at 7PM  in Galvin Auditorium. Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival, is coming Loyola as part of its tenth annual world tour. Students who sign up for CMF receive everything they need to make a five minute movie – including an Apple laptop, Panasonic HD video camera,and AT&T phone – all for free. Any student at Loyola is welcome to participate, and they get all the training and support they need. Participating students experience a unique opportunity to express themselves, learn about filmmaking, gain exposure, and of course, have a lot of fun and win  over $300,000 in great prizes including iPads, cash, Hollywood pitch meetings, and more!

Students can signup online at before movie- making launches at Loyola on Tuesday October 19th. Students then have one week to film and edit their movies and are free to create a  movie about anything they would like. We encourage students to  consider some of our special categories – including the following:
Elfenworks Social Justice category, which focuses on domestic poverty and justice issues around the US, and awards $20,000 in cash grants;

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences “For the Love of  Movies Category,” which encourages students to create short movies that describe their love of cinema and the movie-going experience, with the winners heading to the Oscars® Red Carpet Experience. The Arnold Sports Film Festival, which seeks to find the best films  highlighting individual athletic achievement in sports, and sends  the winner to Hollywood with Arnold Schwarzenegger; The AT&T Rethink Possible Award, which provides winning students with cash and industry luminary support to start creating a feature  film. Movies are turned in on October 25th and then judged by a panel consisting of Loyola students, staff, and faculty. On Ocotber 29th,  the top sixteen movies will be shown at a red carpet finale. The winners from Loyola advance to the CMF International Grand Finale.
CMF began ten years ago when four students at Emory University provided fellow students with everything they needed to make movies in one week. Since then, more than 350,000 students have received all the necessary technology and training to tell their stories for  free thanks to corporate partners and schools. Past winners have walked away with over $2 million in prizes and seen their films on the big screens at CMF events nationwide, at Cannes, at Paramount Studios, and on millions of smaller screens – including AT&T mobile devices, in-flight on Virgin America, and online.
For more information about Campus MovieFest or to see the best CMF  movies, visit

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