Sunday, June 20, 2010

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER HONORS ACADEMY AWARD™-NOMINATED ACTOR ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AT ANNUAL BENEFIT SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO






GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER HONORS ACADEMY AWARD™-NOMINATED ACTOR ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AT ANNUAL BENEFIT SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO

Downey to Receive “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award,” and Participate in Insightful Discussion with Director Todd Phillips

Chicago — The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly presents “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” for its annual benefit in honor of Academy Award™-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. on Saturday, June 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton (160 E. Pearson Street). Downey will attend and engage in a discussion led by director Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover.” Tickets are on sale now, available by calling (312) 846-2072. Prices start at $400 / single ticket and $5,000 / table.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award” to Downey.

“It is a privilege to honor Downey with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s award designed to recognize a person whose career has exemplified the art of filmmaking,” says Jean de St. Aubin, executive director, Gene Siskel Film Center of the SAIC. “From ‘Less Than Zero’ to ‘Chaplin’ to ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ and most recently ‘Iron Man 2,’ Downey has certainly had a lasting and multidimensional career that showcases his wide array of talents.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Raffle Prize winners will be announced at 8 p.m., followed by the evening’s program. The discussion with Downey and Phillips will feature film clips from Downey’s career. At the conclusion of the program, Downey will receive the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award.”

The award was designed specifically for “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.

Cocktail attire is suggested for the evening. Limited valet parking is available.

Proceeds from “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” will support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s presentations as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers that provide the opportunity for public high school students, college students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the Gene Siskel Film Center can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.



An Evening with Robert Downey Jr. Ticket Information & Calendar Listing

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” in honor of Academy Award™-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. Downey will engage in a discussion led by a special guest to be announced. The evening begins with a reception, followed by dinner and a raffle prize drawing. The discussion with Downey will feature film clips from his career. The evening concludes with the presentation of the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award” to Downey. Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson Street. Single tickets range in price from $400 to $1,000. Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000; call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center

For more than 30 years, The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented independent and international cinema, film festivals, cutting edge programs, premieres, retrospectives and classic films. Recognized internationally for its original film programming, the Film Center annually presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances to more than 65,000 film enthusiasts at its unique, sophisticated, modern facilities at 164 N. State Street. For more information, please visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A nationally accredited leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a multidisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu---Read more at UnRatedMagazine.com

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