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The 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival GIVEAWAY!!

April 28, 2015



The full line-up for the 3rd annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF) was JUST posted and now comes our gift to you. Keeping It Reel is giving away a pair of tickets to 5 of the 22 films showing at the festival! No contest, no hoops to jump through – we’re just giving them away! So, if money is keeping you from checking out the festival, which plays at the legendary Music Box Theatre – this will help you out. As an added bonus, all of the films included in this giveaway (see below) have special guests attached to them, so you’ll get to hear from the actor or director (sometimes both) after you’ve watched the film.  So, how do you acquire these tickets?

All you have to do is send me an email at with the festival & name of film in the subject of the email – for example: CCFF – BATKID BEGINS. In the body of the email – put your name, contact number and city you live in. It’s just that simple. If you want to see all 5 of the films listed, then enter once for each film.



CALL ME LUCKY – Saturday, May 2nd at 9:30pm

(Q&A with director Bobcat Goldthwait and Barry Crimmons)

An inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures, “Call Me Lucky” tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a beer-swilling, politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the ’70s and ’80s fostered the talents of the next generation of stand-up comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child—a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. Featuring intimate interviews with both comedians and activists alike, director Bobcat Goldthwait’s (“World’s Greatest Dad”, “God Bless America” & “Willow Creek”) “Call Me Lucky” bravely tells Crimmins’ incredible story of transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice who personified the healing power of comedy.


BATKID BEGINS – Sunday, May 3rd at 7:30pm

(Q&A with director Dana Nachman and writer/editor Kurt Kuenne)

Five-year old Miles Scott spent half his life battling leukemia. So when Miles wants to transform into Batkid, San Francisco’s Make-a-Wish thinks bigger. Why not turn San Francisco into Gotham City? As the idea goes viral, will it overwhelm Miles, Make-a-Wish, and the city, or will the good of humanity make this a day to remember for millions? After it’s appearance at both Sundance and Cinequest, this touching and inspiring all-ages documentary is easily the accessible of all films on the line-up this year.


QUITTERS – Monday, May 4th at 7pm 

(Q&A with director Noah Pritzker)

A dark look at affluent, privileged families in San Francisco, where the world of precocious high schooler Clark Rayman (Ben Konigsberg) is crumbling around him. When his mother (Mira Sorvino) checks into rehab and he clashes with his father (Greg Germann), Clark goes in search of affection, convincing the much more stable family of his new girlfriend Natalia (Morgan Turner) to let him move in. As Clark’s presence becomes more intrusive and his father’s efforts to get him back become more violent, Natalia and her family (Saffron Burrows and Scott Lawrence) grow increasingly uncomfortable with the arrangement.


NIGHT OWLS – Wednesday, May 6th at 10pm

(Q&A with director Charles Hood and star Adam Pally)

Workaholic Kevin (Adam Pally) goes home with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline (Rosa Salazar) for a drunken one night stand, but he’s horrified to discover she’s actually his boss’ jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. As Madeline and Kevin banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other.

THE OVERNIGHT -Thursday, May 7th at 6pm

(Q&A with writer-director Patrick Brice)

Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ (R.J. Hermes), have recently moved from Seattle to Los Angeles’ Eastside. Feeling lost in a new city and desperate to find new friends, they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park and gladly agree to join his family for pizza night at Kurt’s home. But after the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing.







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