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Chicago Southland International Film Festival summer showcase returns to GSU

The Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) presented by Governors State University (GSU) will host their second annual Summer Showcase with film screening events on June 29, July 13, and Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in GSU’s F1622 Amphitheater.

The 2023 Summer Showcase includes three feature-length films from local filmmakers including “Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter” directed by Rebecca Halpern and winner of Best of the Fest at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival, “Art & Pep” directed by GSU alumna Mercedes Kane and winner of the 58th Chicago International Film Festival’s Documentary Audience Choice Award and “Good Guy with a Gun” directed by John Mossman. A live Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects from the films will follow each screening.

“We’re thrilled to bring another group of great films to Chicago’s southland and allow our community to meet these talented filmmakers,” said Joshua E. Young, Co-Founder and Programming & Operations Manager of CSIFF.

Love, Charlie documents the life and legacy of Chicago chef Charlie Trotter who revolutionized the culinary arts and made Chicago a global culinary destination. Documentary “Art & Pep” shines a light on the history and lifelong social justice advocacy work of the owners of LGBTQA+ Chicago bar Sidetrack, Art Johnston and Pepe Peña. “Good Guy with a Gun,” the only fiction film of the screening series, tells the story of a family impacted by Chicago gun violence journeying to rural Illinois only to find themselves further engulfed by American gun culture.

“Governors State University continues to showcase some of the most entertaining and insightful movies the country has to offer, so needless to say, the Chicago Southland is thrilled to host the 2023 Summer Showcase,” said Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO/President Jim Garrett.

For more information or to purchase tickets/passes visit www.govst.edu/csiff-summer-showcase, or call the box office at 708-235-2222.

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