Fred Savage headlines opening night of Chicago’s CineYouth Festival May 8

Fred Savage
Fred Savage

Online Staff Report

CHICAGO — The 10th annual CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago and the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, has announced this year’s opening night event will be headlined by actor, director and producer Fred Savage.

The opening night event, scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, will kick off a three-day festival that showcases short films by talented young filmmakers, all age 21 and younger, from the United States and abroad.

The CineYouth Festival continues through May 10; all presentations are at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, and admission to all events is free.

At the opening event, Savage, a Chicago native, will discuss his career working in television, complete with a retrospective of clips, host a question-and-answer session for aspiring filmmakers, and offer feedback on select films to be featured in the festival. A reception will follow the presentation.

Best known for his starring role as Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years, Savage began directing television in his early 20s. He has been recognized for his work by the Golden Globes, Emmys and the Directors Guide of America. Savage’s television directing credits include Modern Family, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 2 Broke Girls, and he is serving as director and executive producer on Garfunkel & Oates, a new comedy premiering on IFC this fall.

Because of his work in front of and behind the camera, Fred Savage is an ideal person to open the CineYouth Festival,” said Rebecca Fons, CineYouth Festival director. “He is one of a handful of talents who seamlessly transitioned from acting into one of the most in-demand television directors working today. We look forward to celebrating his work and speaking with him about his path from Chicago to Hollywood, as well as hearing his advice for young directors.”

CineYouth showcases short films from filmmakers 21 years old and younger from across the globe. This year’s festival will feature 75 officially selected short films from Canada, Italy, Belgium, Romania and the U.S. A special program highlights films made by Chicago and Illinois filmmakers.

The youngest filmmaker featured at CineYouth this year is just 6 years old. Approximately 12 awards are given, chosen by a jury of Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science students. Winning films are screened in their entirety at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival in October.

CineYouth will offer two master classes: a discussion with Academy Award winning producer and Chicago native Caryn Capotosto (20 Feet From Stardom) and an introduction to improvisational acting session offered by The Second City’s Training Center. Additionally, a hands-on video scavenger hunt will be offered to younger students, ages 9-15.

All CineYouth Festival events will take place at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, eighth-floor theater. Admission to all CineYouth events, screenings and workshops is free and open to all ages. Additional details and the full schedule can be found at

Posted April 16, 2014

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