Katie Couric Joins List of Chicago International Film Festival Special Guests

The Chicago International Film Festival today announced that award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Katie Couric, executive producer of NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN, will appear at an encore presentation of her film. Meanwhile, two new features, SHE SAID and CAUSEWAY, join the Festival’s Women in Cinema program, which today announced a number of special guests for the Festival’s 58th edition, running October 12 – 23, 2022. Film screenings and programs will take place at theaters and venues across the city, including AMC River East 21, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Austin Town Hall, the Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Englewood, and the Chicago History Museum.

Katie Couric moderates at encore screening of NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN

Award-winning journalist Katie Couric is set to moderate a panel discussion following an encore screening of director Christopher Burke’s NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN, which Couric executive produced. The film, which holds its World Premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival, is an inspiring story of love, hope, and activism following former Obama political director Brian Wallach, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 37, fighting alongside his wife Sandra Abrevaya to find solutions for the debilitating disease. Wallach, Abrevaya, Burke, and executive producer Phil Rosenthal, who also created and hosts “Somebody Feed Phil,” will also be in attendance at the encore presentation to be held Saturday October 22.

Here is a brief preview of the film, in a recent interview with Couric…

Two new films added to Festival’s Women in Cinema program

Two highly anticipated films are joining the Chicago International Film Festival slate, bringing the total number of films presented to 96 features and 56 shorts in its 58th edition. 

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star in director Maria Schrader’s SHE SAID, based on the true story of New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood, altering American culture forever. In CAUSEWAY, the intimate drama from Lila Neugebauer, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence stars as a soldier struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans. The award-winning director of Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Garden,” Neugebauer will attend the Festival screening on October 17, participating in an audience Q&A. Both films join the Festival’s Spotlight and Women in Cinema programs.

Additional Women in Cinema guests to Appear

The addition of CAUSEWAY and SHE SAID bring the Festival’s Women in Cinema program to 37 feature films, with many filmmakers participating in audience Q&As at screenings including: director Mercedes Kane at presentations of ART AND PEPÁlfrún Örnólfsdóttirwith her film BAND; directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons at screenings of THE BIG PAYBACK; director Charlotte Le Bon at FALCON LAKE screenings; director Katarine Brocks at THE GREAT SILENCE showings; director Harriet Marin Jones at KING OF KINGS: CHASING EDWARD JONES presentations; Laura Mora with her THE KINGS OF THE WORLD; director Pilar Palomero at showings of her LA MATERNAL; director Chie Hayakawa at screenings of PLAN 75; actress Teresa Ruiz, star of NOISE; director Sinead O’Shea at showings of PRAY FOR OUR SINNERS; director Marian Methias and producer Joy Jorgensen at screenings of RUNNER; director Erige Sehiri with UNDER THE FIG TREES; director Veronika Lišková at THE VISITORS; and director Alex Heller at THE YEAR BETWEEN screenings.

Previously announced special guests include director Steve James with Opening Night’s A COMPASSIONATE SPY on October 12; Festival Centerpiece GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY’s Kathryn Hahn, who receives a Career Achievement Award on October 18; director Sarah Polley and cinematographer Luc Montpellier, receiving the Visionary Award for WOMEN TALKING October 20; Anna Diop, who receives the Rising Star Award for her work in NANNY on October 21; Jonathan Majors, who receives an Artistic Achievement Award at a presentation of DEVOTION on October 22 with director JD Dillard also in attendance; Rev. Al Sharpton and director Josh Alexander at a screening of their LOUDMOUTH October 17; actor-turned-director Mo McRae with A LOT OF NOTHING October 15 and 16; filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, who gives a Master Class at Industry Days followed by a presentation of his new film THE WHALE on October 22; award-winning screenwriters Tarell Alvin McCraney and Kemp Powers in an Industry Days conversation, “Writing Trauma and Transformation,” on October 15; Composer Master Classes with Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna on October 15 and Emmy-winning composer and filmmaker Kris Bowers on October 22; and more.

For more information, visit the Festival’s website at chicagofilmfestival.com.

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