Chicago International Film Festival 2011
Presenting Sponsorship at Chicago International Film Festival Offers Opening Night Perks and Columbia Night Screening to Columbia College Community
Alumni, students, donors and other friends of the college attended Columbia Night at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 11. An annual event where Columbia celebrates our alumni’s achievements in filmmaking, Columbia Night 2011 featured a private screening of The Return of Joe Rich, written and directed by Columbia alumnus Sam Auster (‘80), and starring Chicago local Sam Witwer, as well as Armande Assante, Talia Shire, Tim Kazurinsky and Joe Minoso.
The Chicago-set film, which had its world premiere at CIFF as part of the New Directors Series, follows a man as he attempts to persuade his aging mobster uncle to take him into the “business.”
About 90 people attended a pre-screening VIP reception, and then moved to the near-capacity theatre for the main event. Also screened at the event was the winning short film from the Alumni Short Film Competition – Lenny Morris vs. The Universe, by Evan Powers (‘10). A private reception with the filmmakers was followed by the film screenings and a Q&A moderated by Bruce Sheridan, chair of the Film & Video Department.
As a presenting sponsor of CIFF, Columbia College also hosted a VIP reception on opening night of the festival on October 6 where the more-than 100 guests had VIP house-center seats in the Columbia College section for the film Last Rights of Joe May. The evening also included red carpet photographs with film stars Dennis Farina, Gary Cole and others as well as director Joe Maggio.
*Photos by Robert Kusel