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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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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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Filmaker Bob Hercules Presents “Radical Disciple; The Story of Father Pfleger

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LUC Sci- Fi Film Contest

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Campus Greens Presents: The First Ever: Southeast Asian Film Festival 3/18 and 3/21

Campus Greens Presents: The First Ever: Southeast Asian Film Festival

In the Galvin Auditorium (Sullivan Center), Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus

Thursday;  March 18, 2010: (6-10 pm)
1. 7:00-7:15 p.m. MOTORCYCLE/ Thailand (14 min)
In a remote village in north-east Thailand, the only
phone begins to ring.  It is a call from the city that Grandfather Koon’s son has been killed in a motorcycle crash.  Somehow, Koon must bring the body back to the village and ensure that there is a proper funeral.
2. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rainbow Troops/ Indonesia (2 hrs. 4 min)
The island of Belitong, Indonesia. Two teachers, Muslimah and Harfan, eagerly await the beginning of the new school year and the arrival of their new pupils. At least ten pupils need to attend their Islamic primary school, otherwise the educational authority will close them down. No wonder they are both nervous. Fortunately, ten  students end up registering for school–most of the children being from families of poor day laborers. Muslimah decides to call the  group of first graders the “rainbow troops.” Following the children over a period of five years, we observe as these disadvantaged children struggle for the right to make their dreams reality.
2009 Best Film/ Asian Film Award
Sunday, March 21, 2010:
3. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bangkok Zigzag/ Thailand (52 min)
This documentary film explores the lives of five motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok, Thailand. These young men, many of whom grew up on rice paddies, have left the country and taken up the lethal vocation of driving motorcycle taxis in one of the world’s most famously
congested cities.
4. 1:45-3:25 p.m. Buffalo Boy/ Vietnam (102 min)
Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. During the rainy season, there’s no grass and the buffalo are starving. Kim volunteers to take the beasts inland to find food. On this coming-of-age journey, Kim sees men mistreat women, men fight with men, and French taxes rob the poor. He works for Lap, a buffalo herder whose past is entangled with Kim’s parents, and he makes friends who will lead him to his place in the world. Written by (}
-Best Cinemetoghraphy/ Asian Pactific Film Award
-Silver Hugo/Chicago Intl. Film Award
5. 3:45-5:15 p.m. The Betrayal/ Laos (93 min)
The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family’s extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film.
Winner 2009 Academy
Awards/ Best Documentary Feature
-2009 Independent Spirit Award Nominee For Best Documentary
Filopino 5:30-7:00 p.m.
6. 7:10-8:40 p.m. Of Love and Eggs/ Indonesia (90 min)
In frustration, a young woman calls out to her father, who stands no more than twenty feet away from her in a crowded hands the anguished father a microphone, whispering, Use this. She’ll hear you when you use this. To the cheers of the crowd, the father speaks into the microphone, telling his daughter how much he loves her. This film brings this gentle humor to complex relationships between parents and children, and to social and religious issues of life in and around a Jakarta mosque, through the eyes and voices of children, and the powerful imagery of a prayer rug, young love—and eggs.
7. 9:00-10:35 p.m. Be With Me / Singapore (83 min)
Be With Me is a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, and destiny. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they all long to be with their loved one. Unbeknownst to them, these different souls will share the same stage in a play written by Fate, one which involves the themes of love, tragedy, and redemption. The characters in the movie are fictitious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa – who is now 61 – is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. She is the film’s beacon, a symbol of strength and hope.

Co-Sponsored by: Campus Greens, SAF, Anthropology Dept, INTS Dept., Asian
Studies Dept, VASA, LUCINE

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Housing Co-Op opportunities for Ann Arbor Film Festival

If students are interested in attending the Ann Arbor film festival this year in Michigan–March 24th-28th, some housing co-ops are offering to take students in for free. You should contact them ASAP:

— Debs Co-op, contact Alexandra (Alex) Lee at (can host 2-4 students). Debs Co-op has housed AAFF guest previously – a nice place.
— Nakamura Co-op, contact Katie Helegda at (can host 7-10 for three nights)

This is the main link to UM ICC co-ops for additional information about Debs and Nakamura:
Students would have access to showers and facilities, but would be staying in couches/floor in the common areas, not private rooms. (Maybe bring sleeping bags just in case…?) They can bring food into the house but are requested to leave the co-op food reserves be and to respect quiet hours. Students are welcome to join the co-op members for a meal if invited.

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