Donors and friends of Columbia experience glitz and glamour at the Chicago International Film Festival
The stars were shining on Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. Held at the landmark Chicago Theatre, the country’s first large, lavish movie palace, Opening Night was made possible in part by Columbia College Chicago’s fifth year as the festival’s lead presenting sponsor.
On a night dedicated to legendary film critic and Chicago icon Roger Ebert, donors and friends of Columbia College celebrated the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood with red carpet arrivals. Bill Kurtis, award-winning journalist and honorary member of Columbia College’s Board of Trustees, hosted a presentation in honor of Ebert, whose wife Chaz was in attendance, including a short video tribute to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning critic. The capacity crowd of more than 3,600 was then treated to a special screening of The Immigrant, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Marion Cotillard (in her first English-language lead role), Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner, and directed by James Gray, who was also in attendance.
After the film, a select group of guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Preston Bradley Hall at The Chicago Cultural Center.