City So Real
(National Geographic Channel, October 29; starts on Hulu, October 30)
Steve James’ elegant, often-astonishing five-hour mosaic of events leading up to the mayoral election, with an hour shot across pandemic summer, arrives in a richer edition than its Sundance premiere and festival showings. NatGeo debuts the entire five hours, commercial-free, on October 29.
(postponed until sometime in 2021)
Nia DaCosta (“Captain Marvel 2”) directs the Jordan Peele-produced revisit of the 1992 metaphor-dense, shock-rich chiller: expect the buzz of an otherworldly twenty-first-century Chicago that can’t let go of the dense, dank past.
56th Chicago International Film Festival Virtual Industry Days
The venerable industry event convenes to suggest a world of production and distribution in the new world.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.