IFP/Chicago Presents 75 Minutes With Dylan Baker

Actor/Director Dylan Baker

Actor/Director Dylan Baker

CHICAGO, March 10, 2014 – IFP/Chicago invites you to spend some time with acclaimed actor/director Dylan Baker on Sunday, March 16 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).  “75 Minutes with Dylan Baker” is the latest edition of IFP/Chicago’s series of conversations with the well-known and emerging directors, screenwriters and technical experts of independent cinema.  Doors open at 10:30AM with the discussion beginning at 11:00AM.  The event is free and open to the public.

IFP/Chicago’s “75 Minutes With …” series has previously featured such filmmakers as John McNaughton, Neil LaBute, Rose Troche and Harold Ramis.  These intimate talks engage both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike, providing behind-the-scenes reflections and personal insights about the filmmaking process.  Join IFP/Chicago for a thoughtful discussion with Mr. Baker, sharing his first-hand stories about the challenges and rewards of independent filmmaking.

Dylan Baker’s performance as Bill Maplewood in Todd Solondz’s controversial 1998 film “Happiness” was highly praised by critics and remains one of his best known roles.  On television, Mr. Baker was twice nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Colin Sweeney on CBS’s “The Good Wife.”  For the theater, Mr. Baker has directed dozens of productions for such institutions as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Blue Light Theater, the Chautauqua Theatre Company and the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.  Under his direction, “The Torch-Bearers” for the Drama Department received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.  Most recently, Mr. Baker appeared in movie theaters as producer Freddie Shapp in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and on TV screens as Dr. David Arata on both of NBC’s hit dramas, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”  The 2014 independent feature “23 Blast” marks Mr. Baker’s feature directorial debut.

“We are delighted to spend 75 Minutes With Dylan Baker on March 16,” says “75 Minutes With …” IFP/Chicago president Carrie Holt de Lama.  “Dylan’s range of work embodies much of the philosophy of IFP/Chicago – fearless filmmaking featuring daring characters and unique stories. We’re looking forward to hearing about his career and his unique personal approach to filmmaking.”