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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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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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Religion in the Age of Media by Stewart M. Hoover

Stewart M. Hoover is Professor of Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He directs the Center for Media, Relig-ion, and Culture and is also an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies. His research centers on media audiences, using ideas from cultural studies, anthropology and qualitative sociol-ogy. His most recent work involves household-level studies of family practices in watching and using media, particularly with regard to religion.
Thursday, April 8th
4:00 PM-5.30 PM
Hussey Lounge,
10th Floor Damen Hall

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Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” April 16-22

The Music Box Theatre’s website is:

25th Anniversary of Akira Kurosowa’s final epic masterpiece in new 35 mm print
April 16 -22 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
2010 Marks Kurosawa Centennial

Rialto Pictures presents RAN, the 27th film by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Hidden Fortress), opens April 16 at the Music Box Theatre. 2010 is Kurosawa’s centennial year and marks the 25th anniversary of RAN’s original release.

In its epic scale, stylistic grandeur and tragic contemplation of human destiny, RAN (literally, “chaos” or “turmoil”) brings together the great themes and gorgeous images of the director’s life work. A brilliantly conceived meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear, crossed with Japan’s 16th-century Civil Wars, it stars the great Tatsuya Nakadai (Kagemusha, High and Low, Yojimbo, Hara Kiri, etc. etc.) as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging ruler who decides to abdicate and divide his land equally among his three sons, unleashing an intense power struggle as his sons and daughters-in-law scheme for power and revenge. A spectacular adventure punctuated by epic battle scenes, RAN was at the time of its release the most expensive film ever made in Japan, with breathtaking color and a visual splendor that remains unparalleled. (Kurosawa devised the entire film in watercolors ten years before production began). Named Best Foreign Film of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle and Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics, RAN was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director, Cinematography, and Art Direction, with Emi Wada winning for her dazzling, three-years-in-the-making costumes. (Japan, 1985)

“Spectacular! Among the most thrilling movie experiences a viewer can have!” -The New York Times

“***** [FIVE STARS – HIGHEST RATING] Critics’ pick! Kurosawa’s magisterial epic demands viewing on the big screen!” – Time Out New York

“Awe inspiring! Takes its place among the major screen versions of Shakespeare. The battle scenes are horrifying, yet extraordinarily beautiful.” -The Village Voice

“Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece, transposing King Lear to period Japan, is one of the most exquisite spectacles ever made, a color-coordinated epic tragedy of carnage and betrayal—passionate, somber, and profound.” -New York magazine

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