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Chicago Outdoor Film Festival: July 18 - August 29

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The City of Chicago presents the 7th Annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival. View seven weeks of classic films every Tuesday evening beginning July 18 through August 29, presented the Chicago Film Office, a division of the Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Chicago Park District.

Now considered a Chicago tradition, this one-of-a-kind outdoor theater experience includes a gigantic screen (50' x 34') and a state-of-the art sound system. Movies begin at sunset (see show times below) in Butler Field, Grant Park at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe. Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of sponsors.

Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, hosts of Ebert and Roeper at the Movies, will open the festival. They will share comments, anecdotes, ideas and criticisms. Ebert and Roeper take center stage at 8:15 p.m.

Each week the festival will showcase a short film by a local filmmaker prior to the nights feature presentation.

July 18, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Saga of the First and Last" by Margaret Connely
Rebel Without a Cause     8:55pm

This 1950s classic portrays the trials and tribulations of teenage life in a new way that conveys the angst and pain of not fitting in, and carries it to a tragic height. Rebel is one of only three starring roles that Dean performed on film, and it was released a month after his death. Both Mineo and Wood were nominated for Academy Awards®, as was director Nicholas Ray for the now-defunct category of Best Writing, Motion Picture Story.
1955 (111 minutes)

July 25, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Auditions April 12" by Thomas Herman
Bringing Up Baby     8:49pm
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn
This film is often considered the definitive screwball comedy. Grant plays the uptight anthropologist who gets mixed up with the daffy heiress, played by Hepburn. Determined to win him over, she uses her brother's pet leopard, Baby, to get his attention. Directed by Howard Hawks, this film displays the best comic performances by Grant and Hepburn.
1938 (102 minutes)

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival

August 1, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Tells" by J.C. Newell
High Noon     8:41pm
Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges
Just as he's on the verge of retirement, newly married lawman Will Kane is forced to confront a murderer he once sent to prison who now seeks revenge. Receiving no help from the townspeople, he bravely takes on the criminal and his gang. Cooper took home his second Academy Award for his portrayal of this brave cinema hero.
1952 (85 minutes)

August 8, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Mindy" by Ai Lene Chur
American Graffiti     8:32pm
Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams
It's 1962 and high school friends are on the eve of going their separate ways. They enjoy one last night of cruising through a small southern California town while listening to the mythical Wolfman Jack as he spins one great tune after another. George Lucas received his first Oscar nomination for directing and it was with this film that he began his relationship with actor Harrison Ford who has a pivotal minor role. Some material may be inappropriate for Children under 13.
1973 (112 minutes)

August 15, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Coffee Break" by Larry Ziegelman
The Apartment     8:22pm
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
This Oscar winning Best Picture features Jack Lemmon as a young executive, lending his apartment to the upper management types for their extra-marital affairs as a means of moving up the corporate ladder. All goes well until he falls for his boss' mistress, played by Shirley MacLaine. Director Billy Wilder took home three Oscars for this movie as he was also the producer and one of its writers.
1960 (125 minutes)

August 22, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Portrait of a Filmmaker" by Mark Mamalakis
On the Waterfront     8:11pm
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint
Brando is the former prizefighter Terry Malloy, who famously "coulda been a contenda" but is instead a longshoreman. He has a chance to be a hero, and speak out against dockside corruption in this award-winning drama that was rewarded with eight Academy Awards including Brando's first Best Actor trophy, as well as Best Director for Elia Kazan.
1954 (108 minutes)

August 29, 2006
Short Film Selection: "Divorce Lemonade" by Justin Hayward
Ferris Bueller's Day Off     7:59pm
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Writer/Director John Hughes has created a visual homage to the city of Chicago as the wise beyond his years Ferris charms his way out of school for the day and takes along his girl and his best pal. The famous parade sequence, which features Broderick's lip synching to "Danke Shan", is a recreation of the Von Steuben Day Parade.
Some material may be inappropriate for Children under 13.
1986 (102 minutes)

For Your Convenience
Cyclists can beat the traffic by biking! The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, The Mayor's Office of Special Events and Chase provide FREE Bike Valet Parking at all films. The Chase Bike Valet is located on the northwest corner of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Streets.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed at the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival because crowds are stressful to animals, even the most peaceful pup can become aggressive under these conditions. Love your pets by leaving them at home!

A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor ComEd, and our other sponsors the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago Magazine, WNUA - 95.5, and the Chicago Transit Authority.


The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival honors the work of film critic Gene Siskel.

Source: City of Chicago Press Release

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