A special thanks to my former film and theatre students who came out for the CIFF: Husni Ashiku and Nathan Waters.
Thanks to Brian Morgan, who not only joined me for some films, but put me up for most of my time in Chicago. You can drink the sour beer already.
And, all my love to my partner Jen for travelling from Michigan to attend the fest. (I'm sorry you had to leave Abby-geddon alone with those poor, tortured boys).
Also, it needs to be said at the end of this CIFF journey that the coordinators and volunteers that organize the CIFF, from the ticket takers to the presenters, ran an incredible festival. A very special thanks for all of their tremendous effort in keeping everything running smoothly.