Wolves, Blue to play Chicago

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August 22, 2013. Jeremy Kay

Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and Big Bad Wolves are among the first wave of 12 films at the Chicago International Film Festival, set to run from Oct 10-24.

The roster includes, Like Father, Like Son [pictured]. Heli, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and The Missing Picture.

“These first titles are just an appetiser to what is turning out to be a feast of fantastic films,” said Chicago International Film Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza.

“For 49 years we have discovered new ways of looking at the world through film and this year is no different. From spine-tingling thrillers to contemporary drama, as well as documentaries and award-winning debuts, this first sampling of our programme already shows what a robust showcase of new films we will offer this October.”

For the full line-up visit the official website.


Director, Elaine Stritch bond during filming of doc about the octogenarian actress

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Elaine Stritch tells it like it is. So does director Chiemi Karasawa, who chronicles the Broadway legend in "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me."


A screening of the documentary Friday night at the Traverse City Film Festival drew Stritch, the 89-year-old actress who recently moved back to her metro Detroit hometown, and Karasawa to the Michigan event.

The movie takes a frank, fond look at the octogenarian actress with the big personality who has conquered everything from Sondheim musicals to NBC's "30 Rock" sitcom. It follows her as she embarks on a club tour that made a stop at Detroit's Music Hall.

Earlier this week, Karasawa spoke by phone and described how she met Stritch about three years ago because they happened to go to the same hairdresser in New York.

"I had worked with her for a day on a movie called 'Romance & Cigarettes' and I just remember she was this hurricane of a lady," recalled the documentary filmmaker, who previously was a script supervisor. When Karasawa spotted Stritch at the salon, her hairdresser said, "You should be making a documentary about her."

That led to Karasawa shooting more than 100 hours of footage over a year and a half for the 80-minute documentary. In the process, the director and the star developed a strong bond.

"She's as close to me as I am to a relative. She's a very dear friend," said Karasawa, who talks to Stritch often by phone and visited her in metro Detroit in July.

Documenting Stritch's day-to-day life as a woman in her 80s living alone and independently in New York City and maintaining a high-profile entertainment career was compelling to Karasawa.

"I find that the way she approaches aging is refreshing and inspiring, because she's still having epiphanies about herself."

For highlights of Stritch's appearance at a question-and-answer session moderated by festival founder Michael Moore, go to the TCFF website.

One of the quotable Stritch quotes you'll find there? When asked if she's on Twitter, she said, "I don't even know what that is. And it's a lousy title."

Contact Julie Hinds at 313-222-6427 or jhinds@freepress.com.


Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20130803/ENT0...

Eliane Stritch Emmy Nomination!

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Congratulations to Elaine Stritch for her Emmy nomination: Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy series "30 Rock"! ! !


Join us in the Hamptons on August 12th!

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Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs: ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME hosted by Alec Baldwin


Monday, August 12 at 7pm

Q & A to follow with Alec Baldwin and Special Guests TBA

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, 87, takes the spotlight once again in acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa’s directorial debut ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME. Bold and poignant, the film follows the uncompromising Tony and Emmy-award winner dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock,” sharing her personal takes on her struggles, and reflecting on her life.  Featuring friends Nathan Lane, George C. Wolfe, Hal Prince, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior to reveal a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist.

$22 Reserved Seating / $20 Members



"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" Will Be Centerpiece of Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival

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By Adam Hetrick
07 Jul 2013 

Elaine Stritch
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"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," the new documentary about the Tony Award-winning stage veteran that premiered to acclaim this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be screened as part of filmmaker Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival in August.


Moore, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker of "Bowling for Columbine," invited "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" to be the Centerpiece Gala Screening during the festival that takes place July 30-Aug. 4 in Michigan. The film will be screened Aug. 2 at 6 PM, according to the official Facebook page for "Shoot Me."

Documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa ("Love, Etc"; Emmy-winning "The Betrayal") of Isotope Films directed the film that began capturing Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. Tony and Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin is executive producer of the film.

The documentary includes interviews with a host of theatre vets who have worked with Stritch, including At Liberty collaboratorGeorge C. WolfeCompany and Show Boat director Hal Prince and Tony-winning actors Cherry Jones and Nathan Lane. Also featured are "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, late actorJames Gandolfini and John Turturro, among others.

Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin' Over and Out

Alec Baldwin, Harold Prince, Tina Fey, Patti LuPone and more offered Stritch a quotable sendoff. Read it here.

Last spring Stritch announced that she would retire from performing. The icon played her final New York engagement, , in early April and recently departed to her home state of Michigan.

Here's how the film is billed: "What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock," giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges."

Elaine Stritch received Tony and Emmy Awards for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which traces a stellar career, which includes roles in composer-lyricist Sondheim's Company plus The Little Foxes,Bus StopA Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

You can read Playbill's recent, two-part feature, Everybody Rise! The Essential Elaine Stritch Show Recordings, Part's One and Two here. 

Visit the Playbill Vault to explore more about Stritch's decades-spanning career on Broadway.


Source: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/17973...