Artist Ellen Sandor and Jean De St. Aubin on the Gene Siskel Film Center

It might seem like it is for the glitz and the glam, but Executive Director, Jean de St. Aubin, and artist and board member, Ellen Sandor, of the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, are in it for the art. From a busy red carpet honoring Renaissance Award recipient, Kevin Spacey, these two show-stoppers chat with host of The Celebrity Dinner Party, Elysabeth Alfano. And these ladies know their stuff!

From discussing the Film Center’s beginnings to its current mission, it is clear that the Film Center is an integral part of promoting filmmakers who wouldn’t otherwise get exposure. As Ellen commented, “The hidden figures? The hidden filmmakers, they get to show here! Absolutely!”

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the art of cinema with multiple annual festivals international in scope, including the number one black film festival, Black Harvest, independent and classic films, premieres, and retrospectives. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000.

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