The world premiere of RJ Cutler’s Belushi will light up a Pilsen drive-in and thousands of homes across the country for the Chicago International Film Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Chronicling the life and career of the native son and Second City alumnus, the documentary will launch ChiFilmFest’s annual slate of features and shorts from around the globe.
Belushi's achievements include his role in "The Blues Brothers," a 1980 film co-starring Dan Akryod and Cab Calloway featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, John Lee Hooker, Murphy "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, John Candy, and a legion of additional music and movie legends.
Directed by John Landis, who co-wrote the script with Dan Akryod, the film showcased the sights and sounds of Chicago while earning an estimated $115 million at the box office.
To ensure the safety of audiences, the 2020 festival will include remote streaming of film screenings, events, and Q&As along with a selection of in-person drive-in screenings.
The full schedule for the 56th Chicago International Film Festival will be revealed on Tuesday, September 22. For more information, click here.