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BRAVO CABLE NETWORK, PRIME CABLE OF CHICAGO TO HONOR THREE FINALISTS IN THE CHICAGO 'COMMUNITY CINEMA' COMPETITION; WINNING PRODUCTIONS PRESENTED ON PRIME CABLE/CHICAGO CABLE CHANNEL 25 ON DEC. 8

All Finalists Entered Into Bravo's National Community Cinema Competition
 WOODBURY, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Chicago films are finalists in the Chicago "Community Cinema" competition sponsored by Bravo and Prime Cable of Chicago.
 The three winning films are: "Angel Fire," by Coyote Film Group with Frank Mahon as producer; "Amphibian," produced and directed by Ben Broitman; and "Grassroots Chicago," by Kartmequin Educational Films, directed by Steven James, and produced by Gordan Quinn and Jerry Blumenthal as a service to the MacArthur Foundation.
 The productions will air on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. CT on Prime Cable/Chicago Cable's Channel 25. As part of their winning the Chicago "Community Cinema" competition, all films were screened at this year's Chicago International Film Festival, and the filmmakers introduced their productions in a special ceremony sponsored by Bravo and Prime Cable. All three works will automatically be entered into Bravo's 1994 National Community Cinema Competition and compete for a national prime time airing on Bravo and a $5,000 award.
 The judges were: Alyce Barry of the Chicago Filmletter; Marc Evans of the Chicago Film Festival; Charlie Geocaris of the Chicago Film Office; Michael Kutza of the Chicago Film Festival; Glenn LeFeber of Eastman Kodak Company; Julieanna Richardson of Prime Cable/Chicago Cable Channel 25; Michael Scott of Prime Cable of Chicago; Jonathan Sehring of Bravo Cable Network; Colleen Sullivan, consultant to the Chicago Film Festival; and Lois Weisberg, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.
 In addition to winning the Chicago Community Cinema Competition sponsored by Bravo, one filmmaker, Ben Broitman, a graduate of Columbia College won a second, non-related Bravo prize -- the Bravo Award -- sponsored by Bravo and the Independent Feature Projects to support student filmmakers. His film, "Amphibian," about a young boy's obsession with a video camera when his parents leave him alone all day, will air nationally on Bravo on Jan. 2 at 1:30 p.m. PST.
 Bravo is seen on Channel 35 on Prime Cable of Chicago. It is the foremost showcase of American independent and international films as well as performing arts programs. Bravo is available to more than 17 million homes nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Caroline Bock or Camy Metcalf of Bravo, 516-364-2222/


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