Chicago Event: Film Festival

It wasn't very long ago that ago that I was writing whiny blog posts about the lack of film in the city where I was living. (I won't link back - it's too waa-waa to even stomach.) What a difference a few years makes.

Now I'm counting the days until the Chicago International Film Festival begins. The first time I visited the website I found this: "For those of you coming to the Chicago International Film Festival for the first time, welcome — we’ve been waiting for you!" Just might be the best intro ever.

The 48th annual Chicago Film Festival runs from October 11th through the 25th and will showcase 150 films from all over the world.

In addition to film screenings there are panel discussions, red carpet events and a few gala receptions - that (shockingly) I have not been invited to! You can find a full schedule of events here, but I've got my eye on a few in particular.

Silver Linings Playbook | Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence | I'm getting mental illness/dancing/comedic love story from the trailer. Sounds good to me!

Shorts 1: City and State Short Film Collection | A collection of brand new short films by CHICAGO film makers.

Screen Adaptations - Novel Approaches | A panel discussion of filmmakers who've recently adapted a novel or short story for the big screen.

Cloud Atlas | Tickets are sold out for the festival's centerpiece. But here's what's cool, it might not be too late. A few minutes before each film they sell rush tickets. It's a cash only first come/first served dash for the empty seats inside the theatre. It's not a sure bet, but it might add a bit of drama to the experience. I'm seriously considering it.

Any of the events catching your eye?