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'12 Years A Slave' To Be Screened At Chicago International Film Fest Next Month (But Hurry...)

by Sergio
September 17, 2013 6:18 PM
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12 Years A Slave

Yes I know what you’re saying…what ANOTHER article about 12 Years A Slave?

Yes, but this is especially for our readers who live in the Chicagoland area. All the rest of you can move on. 

But you did read that correctly, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave will be shown at the this year’s 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival before its nationwide theatrical in October.

The film will be presented on Sunday Oct 13th at 7PM at the AMC River East 21 Theaters, where all the films for this year’s festival will be screened.

As this time, no one associated with the film is scheduled to be present, but that is subject to change.

And a word of advice - get your tickets ASAP. Both screenings of 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 8th sold out literally in matter of hours the same day that tickets went on sale, and there's no reason why it won’t happen in Chicago as well.

Aside from The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and Grisgris which I reported about here, there are quite a number of other films that will be shown at this year’s CIFF which I will report about over the next several days, as well as panel discussions, and Spotlight Africa at the Black Cinema House on the afternoon of Oct. 13th, which will feature African directors whose films will be showing at CIFF.

Stay tuned right here.

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  • sharon g | September 24, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    Thank goodness I got to screen the film last year before its final edit. THIS FILM IS GOOD BUT IT'S BRUTAL PEOPLE...more brutal than D'jango. Brad Pitt only has a small part in it but the lead actor is phenomenal. Hoping they changed that ending though. This film along with The Butler may be destine for Oscar noms. Or they may cancel each other out with outrage from the african american viewers because of content. who knows. But go see it.

  • Chuck Rose | September 18, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    12 YEARS A SLAVE will also screen at the Arthouse Film Festival in New Jersey on Oct. 14th (at AMC Loews Mountainside) and Oct. 15th (at AMC Loews Monmouth Mall). For info, call 732-870-6012 or visit

  • CareyCarey | September 17, 2013 7:16 PMReply

    Sergio, could you hit my e-mail. I don't want to snooze and thus lose-out on this great opportunity, so I'd like to be first in line.

  • Linda Love | September 17, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    By the time I got my credit card out to buy my ticket for the New York screening the tickets were sold out. You slow you blow!

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