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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, (Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna) Break My Stride

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 8, 2007 5:12PM

If we were to describe this movie update post using song titles …

  • In an email last week, long-time Chicago Filmmakers program director Patrick Friel announced he will be stepping down on August 10 to pursue other interests. He had been with Chicago Filmmakers for over eleven years. A replacement has not been announced yet. Also in his email was news that there will be opportunities to become involved with the programming of their weekly screening series. If you’re interested, email programming(at)chicagofilmmakers(dot)org.
  • 2007_8mwilder.jpgAlso stepping down is film critic Michael Wilmington, who had been at the Trib for fourteen years. In a brief email to his coworkers he wrote, “I'm leaving the Tribune, and I'll relax a little before starting some writing projects I've put off for too long. I've appreciated the privilege of using the Tribune's pages to tell people about movies good and bad.” The speculation is that he decided to accept a voluntary buyout offer, but a managing editor at the Trib is mum on the subject.
  • This Saturday, scads of filmmakers will fan out across the city in an attempt to make a complete short film in twelve hours. At the stroke of midnight each team will be assigned a theme, and then the fun begins. It’s part of the nationwide Film Racing Tour, and the first time this event has been held in Chicago. If you want to try your hand at speed film making you’d better act fast; registration ends tomorrow.
  • Perhaps you’re more comfortable on two wheels. The Bicycle Film Festival pedals into town next Wednesday, and this year will feature films from over ten countries (and guess what theme the films revolve around). Other events include a “Bicycle Rocks” kickoff party at Town Hall Pub and a scavenger hunt. Trivia: the festival’s sponsors include Pabst Blue Ribbon. Mmmm, bikes and beer ….

Matthew Wilder photo via 80's Music Lyrics.