The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of Art Institute of Chicago (164 North State) has been presenting world-class independent, international and classic cinema for 40 years. Originally called the Film Center, it was renamed in 2000 to honor the late great film critic Gene Siskel, who was a member of the Center’s Advisory board and a strong supporter of its mission. The Gene Siskel Film Center is extremely respected and admired by fans of film from Chicago and beyond.
Each year the Gene Siskel Film Center has a benefit that serves two purposes. One is to help ensure that the Center can continue to bring outstanding films and film-related events to Chicago and the other is to honor a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. On June 15, 2013 they will be honoring Gwyneth Paltrow with the Renaissance Award at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street).
“A Summer Soiree with Gwyneth Paltrow” will be an event that celebrates the actress’s amazing career and engage her in a discussion of said career with film clips from some of her greatest works. The Gene Siskel Film Center Executive Director Jean De St. Austin provides some insight into why Ms. Paltrow was chosen saying, “The diversity of characters she has portrayed on screen, from the deft romance and comedy of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Sliding Doors,’ to her heart-rending performances in ‘Proof’ and ‘Contagion’ is truly impressive.” It’s a prestigious award indeed, with past recipients being some of the most powerful and respected people in the movie industry, including Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, William H. Macy, Nicole Kidman and more. Individual tickets start at $400 for the event and tables start at $5,000, for more info or to purchase tickets you can call 312-846-2072.
Source(s): ChicagoNow/Gene Siskel Film Center