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2017 Festival Dates

SEPTEMBER 22-24 2017

Our 2017 Venue



THE PATIO THEATER
6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

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Breaking Fate Hall of Fame To Induct Jay Warren at CHFF!

September 19, 2017

Breaking Fate Entertainment is honored to welcome Jay Warren as our latest member of the Breaking Fate Entertainment Hall of Fame, at the 2017 Chicago Horror Film Festival!

Jay Warren - Chicago's foremost photoplay organist - brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original scores for the silver screen.  As a regularly featured photoplay organist for the Silent Film Society of Chicago, he has accompanied most of the great silent films throughout his forty year career in his famous rousing style.  He has been featured annually for the society's highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival since its inception in 2000.  For twelve consecutive years he held forth playing the huge E.M. Skinner pipe organ for silent films at the University of Chicago's famed Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.  He also performs film accompaniment on the beautiful Letourneau pipe organ in the Crimi Auditorium of Aurora University.  Jay has also made several silent film photoplay appearances on the incredible 5 manual Wurlitzer located at the Sanfilippo Foundation's Place de la Musique in Barrington, Illinois.

Jay and his wife Linda, as former operators of the historic Portage Theater, were key in the restoration project that saw Portage come back to life several years ago.  That vision gave home to a much needing Chicago independent film and arts community, including this very event, the Chicago Horror Film Festival.  

Breaking Fate Entertainment is honored to present Jay Warren with his Hall of Fame Induction award on Saturday night, just before his live accompaniment to the 1922 silent horror classic, "Nosteratu".

 

Animator Philo Barnhart - 2017 Special Guest

September 14, 2017

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc.  His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!

Philo will be at CHFF 2017 on both Friday and Saturday exclusively!  Be sure to meet this legendary animator and pick up some original art too!

Artist Geo Alderson - 2017 Special Guest

September 14, 2017

Geo Alderson is an artist from the Chicago area who sees herself as a part within this universe of beautiful dirt. Her philosophy is that a viewer can find immense beauty in any visible point whether or not others see that point the same way; it all depends on the eye of the beholder.  She often deals with themes of finding beauty and spirituality in nature and decay.  She loves dark and macabre images.  Geo is an artist of many media, she has worked in several types of painting, drawing, photography, digital design, printmaking, sculpture, film, and more.  She first became known as the creator of Dollfaced Horrors, dolls that bring cute and creepy together in an unusual combination of dark beauty.  Her work has been seen in Chicago's Nineteen Hundred and One Gallery, at the Geneva Fine Arts Fair, the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Morpho Gallery, Arterie Fine Arts Gallery, the House Café , and elsewhere.  Geo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

Geo will be joining us at CHFF on Sunday exclusively!  So, be sure to join us Sunday to see her outstanding works!

To learn more about Geo, visit her website at: www.GeoAlderson.com

Charles D. Moisant - 2017 Special Guest!

September 14, 2017

Charles D. Moisant, is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. Some of his works currently in production include 'Zombie Annihilation’, where Doctor Zarvin is working with local heroes from Chicago to save the world from zombies; 'Danni and Dayna in Dino World' in which two Woman: IDA DANNI, a modern day military refueling pilot, and Dayna Onli, an African-American woman from Chicago 1902, are trapped 65 million years ago. Working against them are intelligent dinosaurs, lizard people, and the Atlantians a space-faring race who are stealing the world’s only major resource: Magik; and 'Thunder World' a story about three giant robots and a giant monster learning how to work with each other and saving the world, which is being written by him and Doug Rice of Dynamo Joe.

Be sure to meet Charles and check out his work at CHFF exclusively on Friday and Saturday!

Gothic Illusionist Ron Fitzgerald - 2017 Special Guest

September 14, 2017

We are excited to welcome back CHFF legend, Master Ron Fitzgerald!

Ron Fitzgerald has performed from Hollywood to Hong Kong and beyond with his live Gothic Illusion show, acting in films such as “MAGUS” and hosts dark, unforgettable events! Master Fitzgerald has worked in the Performing Arts, Theatre, Television, and Film throughout his career. He’s a man that believes “Strange is Beautiful”. His stage show features dark/edgy illusions, strange Magic,  cool music, and a mad magician who looks like the front man for a rock band. Imagine David Bowie, not David Copperfield. It’s been described as a kind of Gothic Illusion or Horror Magic.”

Ron will be a Friday exclusive guest and doing a LIVE show at CHFF that evening!  So, be sure to join us on Friday night for all the Dark, Sticky Fun! 

To learn more about Ron Fitzgerald, visit his official website:  www.fitzgeraldsrealm.com

MICHAEL FLORES NAMED 2017 CHFF HOST!

August 22, 2017

The Chicago Horror Film Festival is excited to announce and welcome Michael Flores as our 2017 Festival Host!

Michael Flores, comedy guru Del Close and SuperVixen Pam Boom Boom Smith, if that is really her name, decided they wanted a new kind of fandom that included women and partied in the top nightclubs of the day. From The Limelight to Chicago's Metro and every bar in between The Chicago Psychotronic Film Society was the first to make fandom hip. From all over the world Dario Argento, Bill Murray, Jamie Gertz,  Penn and Teller, Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Cleese, Russ Meyer and many more came to Chicago to host parties the film society gave. This was when celebrities avoided conventions like the plague.

Boom Boom set up the Women's Auxilliary which showed films that degraded and humiliated men and women flooded the shows. The society newsletter IT'S ONLY A MOVIE was bootlegged all over the West Coast and was required reading for studio execs. Alan Moore was interviewed by the zine before any American publication had done so. You can now find THE CHICAGO PSYCHOTRONIC FILM SOCIETY on Facebook and here over the next three days as Michael Flores is the host of our festival. He has produced, directed and written 19 plays which have featured Mark Mothersbaugh from DEVO and Skunk Baxter from THE DOOBIE BROTHERS and STEELY DAN doing music, had Teller of Penn and Teller in his cast, Coralina Tassoni from Dario Argento movies, Vogue cover girl models and people you wouldn't expect in low budget theatre! He is currently in pre-production for THE WEDDING OF IRENE ADLER AND SHERLOCK HOLMES. 

"Nosferatu" Live Accompaniment By Jay Warren At The 2017 Chicago Horror Film Festival!

July 8, 2017

The Chicago Horror Film Festival is honored to welcome Chicago's foremost silent film organist Jay Warren, who will provide LIVE original score accompaniment to the 1922 silent horror film classic "Nosferatu" on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the beautiful Patio Theater!

This is the first time in CHFF history that a silent film will be accompanied by a live composer!

"Nosferatu" - In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

More about Jay Warren:
www.silentfilmsjaywarren.com

For Tickets and More Info Visit:
www.chicagohorrorfest.com

TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLY $25 FOR A WEEKEND PASS LIMITED TIME AND QUANTITY!! - GET YOURS NOW!

July 1, 2017

Hello Horror Fans! We have been hard at work sorting through this years film submissions to find the best in independent horror to present to you at this years event!

Chicago Horror Film Festival returns to The Patio Theater for our 2017 and we are all geared up and excited to build the best CHFF to date!  What better way to start off the season, than to offer our fans an awesome discount to get your tickets early!

Tickets for the 2017 Chicago Horror Film Festival are now on sale! We are happy to offer an earlybird weekend pass special for only $25 until July 7th at 10pm CST or to the first 50 tickets are claimed, whichever comes first! (Standard Weekend Pass cost is $35 Online or $45 At Door) Visit our website and get your tickets now!!

2016 CHFF SPECIAL THANKS AND AWARD WINNERS!

September 26, 2016

The 2016 Chicago Horror Film Festival is now a wrap and a huge success for the producers, filmmakers, theater and fans alike!

We experienced record-breaking attendance and more horror films than ever before!

Festival director Willy Adkins wishes to thank all of the filmmakers who submitted to our 2016 season and the greatest thanks to the filmmakers who came to experience the festival first hand.  A major thanks to Eddie, Mark, Ivan, Charles, Ahmed, Melissa and all other Patio Theater staff for saving the Chicago Horror Film Festival from possible extinction.  CHFF is like a child to me (and also it's founder, Jason R. Davis) and you have kept it alive and growing.  Also a huge thanks to Dennis Wolkowicz for his everlasting support of CHFF and the Chicago film community in general.  

Thanks to our 2016 Host, Actor Shannon Brown for his outstanding work all weekend.  Ron Fitzgerald for his dark and sticky brand of entertainment.  Major thanks to Anita Nicole Brown for her help with production, box office and talent management.  Thanks to our Spook Show Girls and Breaking Fate Fellas for keeping our guests entertained from the moment they walked in the door.  Thanks to our vendors and special guests.  Thanks to Cassie Balazic Photography for doing photos at the event (coming to our website / facebook soon)!  Thanks to David Carlson for his hospitality and offerings to our staff and crew.  And a huge thanks to Mark Goles who has put in major efforts to our production from booking, to promotion, sound, projection and putting in the extra effort to keep our filmmakers and guests happy.

And now, a big congrats to our 2016 CHFF award winners!  To see the award winners visit our new 2016 History Page by CLICKING HERE!

Regards,

Willy Adkins
CHFF Festival Director
Breaking Fate Entertainment

 

Candie's Harem - 2016 Official Selection!

September 22, 2016

Faux Pas Films presents a throwback to whodunit films with an added sex appeal to spice it up. Candie is a woman who knows what she wants in the romance department. She just doesn't want it from one person. Everything is going great until her lovers start dying off around her and she is forced to try and discover who the killer is before it's too late. Candie confides in her friend Paul who is having problems himself being in an abusive relationship his boyfriend, Kevin. Together they will experience terror as they watch their worlds unravel. 

Animator Philo Barnhart - 2016 Special Guest! (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc.  His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!

Artist Geo Alderson - 2016 Special Guest! (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Geo Alderson is an artist from the Chicago area who sees herself as a part within this universe of beautiful dirt. Her philosophy is that a viewer can find immense beauty in any visible point whether or not others see that point the same way; it all depends on the eye of the beholder.  She often deals with themes of finding beauty and spirituality in nature and decay.  She loves dark and macabre images.  Geo is an artist of many media, she has worked in several types of painting, drawing, photography, digital design, printmaking, sculpture, film, and more.  She first became known as the creator of Dollfaced Horrors, dolls that bring cute and creepy together in an unusual combination of dark beauty.  Her work has been seen in Chicago's Nineteen Hundred and One Gallery, at the Geneva Fine Arts Fair, the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Morpho Gallery, Arterie Fine Arts Gallery, the House Café , and elsewhere.  Geo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

To learn more about Geo, visit her website at: www.GeoAlderson.com

Charles D. Moisant - 2016 Special Guest (Sunday Only)

September 21, 2016

Charles D. Moisant, is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. Some of his works currently in production include 'Zombie Annihilation’, where Doctor Zarvin is working with local heroes from Chicago to save the world from zombies; 'Danni and Dayna in Dino World' in which two Woman: IDA DANNI, a modern day military refueling pilot, and Dayna Onli, an African-American woman from Chicago 1902, are trapped 65 million years ago. Working against them are intelligent dinosaurs, lizard people, and the Atlantians a space-faring race who are stealing the world’s only major resource: Magik; and 'Thunder World' a story about three giant robots and a giant monster learning how to work with each other and saving the world, which is being written by him and Doug Rice of Dynamo Joe.

 

Gothic Illusionist Ron Fitzgerald - 2016 Special Guest

September 13, 2016

We are excited to welcome back CHFF legend, Master Ron Fitzgerald!

Ron Fitzgerald has performed from Hollywood to Hong Kong and beyond with his live Gothic Illusion show, acting in films such as “MAGUS” and hosts dark, unforgettable events! Master Fitzgerald has worked in the Performing Arts, Theatre, Television, and Film throughout his career. He’s a man that believes “Strange is Beautiful”. His stage show features dark/edgy illusions, strange Magic,  cool music, and a mad magician who looks like the front man for a rock band. Imagine David Bowie, not David Copperfield. It’s been described as a kind of Gothic Illusion or Horror Magic.”

Might we see some death-defying stunts at the Chicago Horror Film Festival this year?  You will just have to attend to find out!

To learn more about Ron Fitzgerald, visit his official website:  www.fitzgeraldsrealm.com

Dinner Date - 2016 Official Selection!

September 9, 2016

Two middle-aged singles on their first date bond over a shared interest at an exclusive restaurant.

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Friday $20
Saturday $20
Sunday $20
2 Day $30
Weekend: $45

2017 Host

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