Midwest Film Festival Is Back at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Celebrating Pride Month with ‘Screams From The Tower’

After last month’s successful Roadshow in Milwaukee, the Midwest Film Festival (MFF) will be back in Chicago on Monday, June 24th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The festival is landing right in time to partake in June’s Pride Month and will screen the gay, coming-of-age comedy Screams From The Tower by Chicagoland native Cory Wexler Grant. 

The evening will commence with MFF event staples including a Networking Reception offering an opportunity for attendees to mingle with fellow cinephiles, distinguished filmmakers, and vibrant community members during the first hour. A Community Spotlight conversation will follow featuring Cassidy Dimon from The Film Event Accessibility Working (FEAW) Group, along with Scott Lundius from The Legacy Project. 

The star attraction of the evening will be the Midwest Premiere of Screams From The Tower, a poignant narrative following Julien Rosdahl (Richie Fusco) his best friend Cary (David Bloom), and their outcast friends through high school in the 1990’s. The only thing Julien dreams of is having a show on the high school radio station, but his brand of comedy is very… weird. The film also features Madison Tevlin as Suzy.

Here’s your first look at the film…

The film will be presented with open captions. Writer / Director Cory Wexler Grant, along with his extraordinary cast and crew will be gracing the event with a red carpet appearance followed by a post-screening Filmmaker Q&A moderated by Scott Lundius of The Legacy Project. All speaking portions of the show will be transcribed with Live captions for accessibility. The ‘conversation’ will then migrate to an After Party at a Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N Wabash Ave, Chicago) for everyone in attendance to enjoy. 

Erica Duffy, MFF Executive Director, shares, “We are incredibly proud to present ‘Screams From The Tower’ during our Pride Month celebration. This film not only showcases the unique storytelling abilities of the talented Cory Wexler Grant, but also echoes our commitment to promoting diverse voices and narratives. Our Community Spotlight segment will focus on educating and sharing resources to further accessibility in filmmaking. We believe that cinema should be accessible to all, and we’re committed to making this a reality. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this special event and celebrating the power of cinema together.” 

Tickets are available at midwestfilm.com.

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