We threw a party Friday night to celebrate the CIFF screening, and I stayed up way too late.  After a few hours of sleep, I had to sit on the "Making It In The Midwest" panel.  We joined Pete Jones (Project Greenlight film Stolen Summer), Ruth Leitman (right, Lipstick and Dynamite), and a few other Chicago peeps to discuss what it's like to live and make films in this great city.

I managed to stay awake during the panel, and we found some free pizza afterward, which gave me just enough energy to make to the KOTM screening. The film showed at 2:15PM to another packed house, and I found a back office at the AMC theater where I could lay down and take a nap during the screening.  I made Kevin Pittman promise to find me a wake me up before the Q&A.

I managed to stay awake for the entire "Homegrown" shorts program, featuring films made in Chicago or directed by Chicago filmmakers.  I went to Southern Illinois University with the filmmakers of two of the films (Chicle and Divorce Limonade), and a third film was made by a former graduate of SIU (Estes Avenue), so we all talked afterward and told stories about the teachers we had in common.  It's nice to know our small film school is producing quite a few accomplished filmmakers.

Now it's time for a nap before I join everyone for a Festival sponsored dinner and more late night partying.
categories Movies, Cinematical