Chicago international film festival founder Michael Kutza has written “ Starstruck”, exciting memoir culled from five decades of delivering dreams, deals and discoveries to Chitown
Featuring a Rich Collection of Photographs, the Book Follows Kutza’s Rollicking Journey Heading the World-Class Festival That Predated Sundance, Tribeca, and Toronto
Published by Bear Manor Media, “Starstruck: How I magically transformed Chicago into Hollywood for more than fifty years” traces Kutza’s journey as the child of doctors growing up on Chicago’s West Side, to the leader of a world-class film festival which put Chicago on the map as a cinematic destination.
As described in vivid detail, Kutza presided over an annual gathering that would over the next half-century host a veritable Who’s Who of the film world – from Harold Lloyd to Clint Eastwood, Bette Davis to Viola Davis, Steven Spielberg to Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro to Jodie Foster, Lauren Bacall to Al Pacino. At the same time, the festival helped introduce a plethora of new talent that would go on to revolutionize the movie business, including Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Helen Mirren.
STARSTRUCK IS AVAILABLE ON ALL platforms, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as at select bookstores in Chicago and around the country. The author is available for interviews both electronic and print. The book is available in paperback, hardcover and audio formats.
Talking about Hollywood, The Chicago International Film Festival,
His new Book, new Podcast and state of cinema today!
All in 17 minutes OMG
WCGO Radio in Chicago on October 6, 2019. Fred Weintraub, Hannah Aggie and Justin Kulovsek from the show “Gabby Road” interview with Michael Kutza, Founder and Director of the Chicago International Film Festival.
Michael Kutza, founder of the Chicago International Film Festival talks about the history of scary movies on WCIU-TV in Chicago.