Full disclosure up-top: The Chicago Film Critics Film Festival is put on by the Chicago Film Critics Association, an organization that includes much of the staff of The Dissolve. That out of the way, it’s a pretty neat, growing festival that many of us enjoy attending each year, and not just because it takes place at the beautiful Music Box Theatre (as seen in High Fidelity and the opening sequence of The Vow).
This year’s festival will run from May 1-7 and has just unveiled its first wave of titles. They’re a promising bunch, too, including Call Me Lucky, Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary look at comedian Barry Crimmins; Chicagoan Joe Swanberg’s Digging For Fire, a comedy starring Jake Johnson and Rosemaire DeWitt; James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, the latter as David Foster Wallace; The Connection, a French thriller inspired by the same real-life source as The French Connection; The Keeping Room, a Western starring Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld; Results, the latest from Computer Chess director Andrew Bujalski, with a cast that includes Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders; and Don Hertzfeld’s “World Of Tomorrow,” an animated short that wowed Sundance.
Still unannounced: who will be in attendance and who will be introducing various films, but given that previous guests have included William Friedkin and Dick Miller and previous introducers have included The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias, it’s probably worth keeping an eye on the festival.