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Fantasia 2017: Table of Contents

A collection of all of our Fantasia 2017 reviews.

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That Feeling of Connection: Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm on "Landline"

An interview with the co-writer/director Gillian Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm about their new comedy, "Landline."

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The History of America and Russia's Cinematic Cold War

To understand where our current political climate, let's revisit the rich cadre of Cold War films in our collective cultural archives.

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Roger Ebert to be Inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on August 19th

An article about Roger Ebert's induction into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame slated for August 19th.

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Wednesday, July 18, is the 20th anniversary of our marriage. How can I begin to tell you about Chaz? She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the…

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Visual Evidence: Jeff Orlowski on "Chasing Coral"

An interview with director/cinematographer Jeff Orlowski about his new coral reef activism documentary, "Chasing Coral."

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Fantasia 2017, Day 4: “The Honor Farm,” “Radius,” “Senior Class”

A report on Monday from Fantasia 2017 on three new films, including a World Premiere.

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A Lasting Bite: The Staff Remembers George Romero

The writers of celebrate the career and legacy of the late George Romero.

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Fantasia 2017, Day 3: “Japanese Girls Never Die,” “Confidential Assignment,” “My Friend Dahmer”

Another day at Montreal's Fantasia Festival features movies from Japan, Korea, and Ohio.

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George Romero: 1940-2017

A tribute to the late horror filmmaker, George Romero.

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Martin Landau: 1928-2017

A tribute to the late Oscar-winning actor, Martin Landau.

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Fantasia 2017, Day 2: “Mohawk,” “Shin Godzilla,” “Vampire Cleanup Department,” Shorts

A second dispatch from Montreal's Fantasia Festivals, including Godzilla, vampires, and the sophomore effort from the director of "We Are Still Here."