Free Inaugural Local Film Showcase featuring White Lotus Rising at Ping Tom Park, Chicago, Sept. 5, 2014

7:00pm, Friday, September 5 – Ping Tom Park

White Lotus Rising with The Peace Exchange

White Lotus Rising chronicles the social impact of the Ten Thousand Ripples project an art-based project for peace in Chicago Neighborhoods. The Buddha sculptures placed throughout the city as part of this project strive to elicit positive change for peace on social and psychological levels. The Peace Exchange tells the story of a similar quest, as a group of teens travel to Thailand and Burma with Chicago Peace Builders to engage with peace activists and social and spiritual leaders to learn how best to promote peace in Chicago.

Ping Tom Memorial Park is located at: 300 W. 19th Street Chicago, IL, 60616


Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District Announce Films to Be Featured as Part of Free Inaugural Local Film Showcase

Chicago On Screen to showcase 16 local films as part of Movies in the Parks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly today announced selections for Chicago On Screen, the Park District’s new initiative to enhance the Movies in the Parks series with locally produced independent features, documentaries and shorts that focus on Chicago. Films were chosen in response to a call for submissions last January.

“With a growing film industry here in Chicago, it makes perfect sense to showcase homegrown features in the neighborhoods that inspired the makers of the films,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Chicago On Screen is an extension of our successful Movies in the Park series that provides free and fun summer activities for families in neighborhoods across Chicago.”

Chicago On Screen will feature 16 films in six locations over three weekends running from Friday, September 5 through Saturday, September 20. Films featured on Saturday, September 6, will be dedicated specifically to works created by and for young people.

“Chicago On Screen is a wonderful addition to our long standing Movies in the Parks series, which is one of Chicago’s most popular summer traditions,” said Superintendent Kelly. “This is a great opportunity for local talent to present their work to a broad audience in the City.”

A selection team comprised of members of Chicago’s film community and the Park District reviewed nearly 80 submissions for this inaugural event and selected the final lineup of 16 films to feature in local parks. The selections represent works from amateur, student and professional filmmakers. Most screenings will take place outdoors (weather permitting).

Now in its 14th year, Movies in the Park is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series. Night Out in the Parks, which was launched last year, is part of Mayor Emanuel’s citywide vision for art and culture. It is also a key component of the Chicago Cultural Plan, which was launched by Mayor Emanuel and DCASE in 2012 and is the first plan of its kind in more than 25 years.

Screenings will be held at Ping Tom Park, Northerly Island, Union Park, Dvorak Park, Revere Park and Washington Park Refectory; a full schedule of screenings is listed below...

Read more at: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2014/aug/mayor-emanuel--chicago-park-district-announce-films-to-be-featur.html


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