Featuring a rich collection of photographs, the book follows Kutza’s furious journey at the helm of the world-class film festival that preceded Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto
CHICAGO, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In September, some 57 years after the launch of the Chicago International Film Festival, founder and longtime artistic director of the event, Michael Kutzawrote Starstruck: How I Magically Turned Chicago Into Hollywood for more than fifty years. Her provocative, sexy, colorful and irreverent memoir details her wild ride that transformed Chicago into an unmissable cinematic destination.
Published by Bear Manor Media, the tome traces Kutza’s journey as a child of doctors growing up on Chicago West Side, who decided in their early twenties that their city desperately needed a truly international film event. With the silent screen star’s essential aids Colleen Moore and the legendary director King Vidorhe launched the festival in 1965.
As described in detail in Starstruck, Kutza chaired an annual gathering which, over the next half-century, will host a veritable Who’s Who of the film world – from Harold Lloyd at Clint Eastwood, Bette Davis at Viola Davis, Steven Spielberg at Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro at Jodie Foster, Lauren Bacal at Al Pacino. At the same time, the festival helped introduce a plethora of new talent that would revolutionize the film industry, including Martin Scorsese, Pierre Olivier and Helen Mirren.
MUFFLED will be available this fall through all the usual online platforms, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as select bookstores in Chicago and throughout the country. The author is available now for online and print interviews. The price of the book is $29.00 for the paperback and $39.00 for the hardcover.
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