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Chicago Film Reel

By Steven Pate in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2010 5:20PM

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  • Possible Footage of Chicago Gay Pride Parade 1977 Unearthed: Is this 1977 video of a gay pride parade, discovered in the collection of the New York Gay Cable Access Network, the oldest filmed documentation of such a pride parade? And more importantly, isn't at least part of it depicting Chicago?
  • With a steady stream of movies shooting locally, there are lots of opportunities to be an extra for anyone willing. The Trib reminds us that being an extra is often boring, and sometimes even dangerous work, offering some details of Gabriela Cedillo, who remains unconcious after an injury sustained working as an extra on Transformers 3. We confess that we would still consider it if the cast is star-studded enough.
  • The Chicago Food Film Festival starts this Friday, featuring titles like Pie as Lifestyle and Beer Wars, with dining offerings to complement what's on-screen. Tickets for both nights start at $25.
  • Cheat You Fair, a documentary about the Maxwell Street Market as it existed until 1994, will commemorate its sale on DVD with an event on Wednesday at the Best Buy at on 555 W. Roosevelt, near the heart of the bygone casualty of urban renewal. It's not that often that the corporate megastore celebrates the community culture it displaced with Fender guitar giveaways and live performances.
  • The Chicago International Film Festival releases its schedule on Wednesday. Sure the fest doesn't kick off until October 7, but it's never to early to plan your course of action. The sneak preview already reveals some movies we don't want to miss.
  • The Music Box's treats the connoisseurs of camp to quite a showcase Friday night, with a screening of The Valley of the Dolls. Star Patty Duke will be on hand for a Q&A after the movie, which will screen with an interactive audience guide and running commentary. There is also a pre-show with a costume parade and a sing-a-long with the Music Box organist. Tickets are $14 in advance, $17 at the door. UPDATE: This screening has been postponed until November 20.