Michael Kutzafounder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festivalwill be retiring from his role at the end of 2018.
The governing board of directors will pay tribute to Kutza's remarkable career at a special gala, "Celebrating Michael," Saturday, July 14, at Loews Hotel Chicago, 455 N. Park Dr.
Kutza founded the Chicago International Film Festival at age 22 in 1964, with silent- screen star Colleen Moore; the Festival made its debut at the Carnegie Theatre at Rush and Oak streets on Nov. 9, 1965. Kutza was artistic director through 2017, and then passed the baton to Mimi Plauche; Kutza was promoted to CEO.
For more about the gala, see ChicagoFilmFestival.com .