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Chicago film group to honor Tarantino
By Dann Gire | Daily Herald Staff

On Aug. 18, quirky filmmaker and former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino gets a Chicago-style tribute as part of the annual Summer Gala fundraiser for Cinema/Chicago and the 45th Chicago International Film Festival.

 

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Published: 7/29/2009 12:00 AM

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With the release of his first two features, "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," Quentin Tarantino established himself as the single most influential filmmaker of the 1990s.

On Aug. 18, the quirky filmmaker and former video store clerk gets a Chicago-style tribute as part of the annual Summer Gala fundraiser for Cinema/Chicago and the 45th Chicago International Film Festival.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the gala, which includes an early screening of Tarantino's new World War II action film "Inglourious Basterds," a remake of the 1978 original starring Fred Williamson.

Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth and Christoph Waltz star in the remake as a group of Jewish-American soldiers making big trouble for the Nazis in France.

The screening will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at The River East 21 Theaters, 322 E. Illinois Ave., Chicago, with a reception following at the Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St.

Proceeds go to Cinema/Chicago's Educational Outreach program that fosters media literacy by bringing films to inner-city students, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The event also funds the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, scheduled Oct. 8-21.

For information, call (312) 683-0121 or go to chicagofilmfestival.com.