Sycamore Film Festival


Experience the Sycamore Film Festival this Friday through Sunday, September 14 – 16 with Sycamore Theater on State Street in downtown Sycamore.  Film lovers from all over the Midwest gather at the historic Sycamore Theater on State Street in downtown Sycamore to watch over 30 films in three days. Building off of last year’s success, the Sycamore Film Festival is bringing together an amazing lineup of filmmakers, actors, writers and directors to showcase their works. Adding to the exciting line-up of films and filmmakers is the showing of the film, “Wired – the DeKalb documentary.” (Premiere showing will be at the Egyptian Theater on Wednesday, September 12, 2012).

Held at the Sycamore Theater on State Street, the Festival will also pay homage to the 25th anniversary edition release of “Good Morning, Vietnam”, featuring the film and panel discussions with Tom Tran, the movie’s co-star (a Vietnamese boy who befriended the radio airman Adrian Cronauer), Mitch Markowitz , writer of Good Morning Vietnam, and Marie Rowe, writer, casting director, publicist, producer and actress who worked with director Barry Levinson on “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Rain Man” and “Avalon” among other films.

The Festival, a non-profit 501(c)3 “Arts for the Arts” event, features three days of the highest quality independent film from filmmakers around the globe, including Mexico, Spain, and England, as well as guest appearances from actors and filmmakers that include but are not limited to:

James Hampton – actor of the Longest Yard, Teen Wolf, Teen Wolf Too, China Syndrome, Hawmps!, Condorman, Pump Up The Volume, and Police Academy V
Marie Rowe – casting director of Good Morning Vietnam
Mitch Markowitz – writer of Good Morning Vietnam
Tom Tran – leading actor of Good Morning Vietnam who has an amazing story of escape from Vietnam
Cu Ba – (tentative) another supporting lead actor in the film who in reality was in the South Vietnamese Army and also has an amazing story of escape. He played the shady owner of the bar where all the soldiers ate and drank
Ethan Bensinger – filmmaker of a Holocaust survival documentary about the individuals who founded the Self Help Center in Chicago – Jewish Center – they were German Jews who fled Europe and came to Chicago and founded the Center – and are still there!
Mari Deese Hampton – actress in recurring role on the TNT series, Dallas, in the hilarious feature film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

The State Street Theatre is located at 420 W. State Street in Sycamore.  To learn more please visit the website at Email Festival organizer Shela Lahey here or call 815-786-4017.

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