This year there will be more than 180 films from 50 countries, including over 45 films by first-time directors. This year’s crop of talented new filmmakers will take you on a provocative and touching journey to lands near and far. They could very well become the next Martin Scorsese, Peter Weir, Mike Leigh or Bertrand Tavernier, themselves among dozens of directors who also showed their first film at the Festival.
The Last Rites of Joe May
Directors: Joe Maggio • USA
The Chicago International Film Festival is honored to celebrate the latest creation from two giant Chicago institutions: Dennis Farina and the Steppenwolf Theater Company.(Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Law and Order) gives the finest performance of his career as an aging hustler whose way of life is at a crossroads in this film shot in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Written and directed by Festival veteran Joe Maggio and featuring members of the Steppenwolf ensemble,
The Last Rites of Joe May is a prime example of the vitality of Chicago filmmaking. 103 min.
Special guests (Scheduled to attend)
director Joe Maggio, star dennis Farina, and cast
6:00 Red Carpet Arrivals
7:00 Guest presentation with host, award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis and screening of The LastRites of Joe May
9:30 – 11:30 Reception
Sidney Yates Gallery, The Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St., 4th Floor)
Cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres
Business attire & wristband required for entry