Running April 12-14, 2013, the first annual Chicago Critics Film Festival has announced its full lineup and schedule. From the official press release:

The Chicago Film Critics Association announces its first annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, a three-day event offering more than 20 features and short films. This marks the first festival to be launched by a major U.S. film critics organization. The event, at the Muvico Rosemont 18 Theaters, will run April 12-14 and feature local premieres of as-yet-undistributed works from filmmakers ranging from Oscar winners to talented newcomers. William Friedkin, Sarah Polley, James Ponsoldt, William Katt and Ashley Bell among guest filmmakers scheduled to attend the inaugural festival.

Oscar-nominated actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley (“Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz”) will introduce the festival on opening night with her powerful and deeply personal documentary “Stories We Tell.” Twenty-year-old wunderkind filmmaker Emily Hagins will follow by introducing her fourth directorial effort, the coming-of-age comedy “Grow Up, Tony Phillips.” On closing night, the Sundance Film Festival hit “The Spectacular Now,” a comedy-drama starring Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”), Kyle Chandler (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Miles Teller (“21 & Overwill be presented with director James Ponsoldt scheduled to attend. Afterward, Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin (“The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer”) will sign copies of his new autobiography “The Friedkin Connection” and participate in a Q&A following a screening of one of his classic films.

Other scheduled films:

  • “The Kings of Summer,” a youth-oriented comedy in the spirit of “Napoleon Dynamite” featuring performances from Chicago native Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)
  • The off-beat superhero tale “Sparks” with scheduled appearances by director Chris Folino and co-stars William Katt (“Carrie,” “The Greatest American Hero”) and Ashley Bell (“The Last Exorcism”)
  • The buzzed-about horror film “Black Rock” with Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell and Kate Aselton
  • “The Artist and the Model,” the latest film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Fernando Treuba (“Belle Epoque,” “Chico & Rita”) featuring performances from international screen icons Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale
  • The “Star Wars” documentary “The Force Within Us” with an appearance by suburban Chicago director Chris Macht
  • The action-comedy “I Declare War”
  • The Slamdance award-winner “The Dirties”
  • The romantic drama “Leave Me Like You Found Me” with director Adele Romanski in attendance.
  • The documentaries “When I Walk” and “The Institute”
  • Two programs of shorts featuring selections from around the world and Chicago’s Columbia College students

Here is the festival schedule:


7 PM: “Stories We Tell” (with Sarah Polley)
10 PM: “Grow Up, Tony Phillips” (with Emily Hagins and Peter Hall)


12 PM: “Grow Up, Tony Phillips” (with Emily Hagins)
1 PM: “Shorts Program #1” (with filmmakers)
2:30M: “The Institute”
3:30 PM: “The Force Within Us” (with Cris Macht)
4:30 PM: “Leave Me Like You Found Me” (with Adele Romanski)
6 PM: “The Kings of Summer”
7 PM: “Sparks” (with Chris Folino, William Katt and Ashley Bell)
9 PM: “The Dirties”
10 PM: “Black Rock”


12 PM: “Shorts Program #2” (with filmmakers)
12:15 PM: “The Artist and the Model”
2:30 PM: “Sparks”
2:45 PM: “When I Walk”
4:30 PM: “I Declare War”
5 PM: “The Spectacular Now” (with James Ponsoldt)
6 PM: William Friedkin Book Signing
7:30 PM: William Friedkin Event (title to be announced shortly)

Details at

Individual tickets and festival passes can be purchased online at

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