Barbra Streisand stars in the Gene Kelly-directed musical Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Based on Thornton Wilder’s ‘The Matchmaker’ (1954), Barbra Streisand stars in the Gene Kelly-directed musical Hello, Dolly! (1969) featuring the title track performed by Louis Armstrong. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Whether attending larger-than-life screenings or mounting a camera on set, Chicagoans can say “Hello, Dolly!” in every respect.

Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring invite Windy City visitors to put the motion into motion pictures with P​ixar Putt (May 28-Aug. 21) on Navy Pier. The pop-up, open-air mini-golf course is inspired by Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), Coco (2017), and other animated favorites.

In honor of Juneteenth, the Chicago Philharmonic Society will perform the Oscar and Grammy-winning score of Black Panther (2018) live during a screening of the Marvel Studios blockbuster at the Chicago Theatre (June 18). “Ludwig Göransson’s score for this movie is truly a wonder of modern composition, and an ingenious blend of traditional African and Western music,” notes Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Scott Speck. “This record-breaking film highlights why representation matters and it is a terrific celebration of Black culture and artistry,” adds Executive Director Terell Johnson. “We hope this will be an inclusive event that people from all over our city can enjoy together.”

The Music Box Theatre’s 70MM Film Festival (June 17-30) showcases Hollywood classics, including new prints of the landmark disaster flick Airport (1970) and the sword and sandal epic Spartacus (1960). The festival also features a world premiere of the 13-minute travelog Here’s Chicago! The City of Dreams (1983), newly-restored by the Chicago Film Society. Rounding out the schedule are 70mm screenings of West Side Story (1952), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Dark Crystal (1982), Brainstorm (1983), Starman (1984), and Geronimo: An American Legend (1993).

The American Film Institute (AFI) encourages aspiring female filmmakers of Illinois to apply for Panavision’s 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women. After a two-year hiatus, the hands-on workshops will resume on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles (July 15-18) to provide on-set experience and industry insights to future cinematographers.

“Panavision shares AFI’s commitment to championing equity and diversity and fostering a truly inclusive industry,” says Panavision President and CEO Kim Snyder. “We look forward to celebrating and supporting all of the cinematographers who participate in the initiative.” The submission window is from May 20 through June 5, 2022.

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Janet Arvia

Ms. Arvia is a Rebellious columnist and movie critic; entertainment ghostwriter; award-winning artist; and grant-winning filmmaker.