For the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's opening night Oct. 11, attendees were treated to a star-filled red carpet at the Harris Theater that included Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Jon Bon Jovi. Academy Award-winning producer Tom Rosenberg brought his film "Stand Up Guys" to Chicago for its world premiere, and festival founder Michael Kutza couldn't have been happier. "This is a remarkable year for Chicagoans in the film industry," said Kutza. "The evening was flawless, one of our festival's proudest moments."
Other red-carpet notables from "Stand Up Guys" included actresses Vanessa Ferlito and Addison Timlin, screenwriter Noah Haidle (whose play "Smokefall" will be staged at the Goodman Theatre during the 2013-14 season) and producers Jim Tauber and Matt Berenson.
For the screening, all 1,525 seats were filled as host Bill Kurtis welcomed the crowd and introduced Allen Turner, Columbia College Chicago board chairman and the event's lead sponsor. Rosenberg then presented the film's cast and principals to the audience before the movie began, a 90-minute touching action comedy about retired gangsters that also included two original songs by Jon Bon Jovi.
The afterparty at the Cultural Center attracted more than 500 guests who enjoyed delicious small bites, courtesy of Gibsons Restaurant Group, and live music.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the numerous programs of Cinema/Chicago, including the Chicago International Film Festival, screenings, television competitions, youth festivals, and outreach and membership programs.
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