Monthly Archives: October 2016

Go to the Chicago International Film Festival this October

Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival has already started, but there’s still plenty of time to go and see a few films! Starting October 13 and lasting two weeks until the last day on October 27, the CIFF is one of the biggest film festivals of the year.

The Chicago International Film Festival is the oldest competitive film festival in North America. It was started in 1964 by graphic artist Michael Kutza, who wanted to create a competition film festival that offered a different selection than what was being presented by Hollywood. That tradition of film festivals is still present today.

The first ever CIFF was held in 1965 and honored classic actors like Bette Davis for their contributions to film. Since then the festival has hosted guests such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Viola Davis, and Sophia Loren, to name just a few.

CIFF has also launched the careers of many now-famous creators and actors like Martin Scorsese and many others. CIFF shows a variety of films made by Illinois filmmakers as well as creators from around the world. Proceeds from the festival will go to programs hosted by Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of CIFF, including the Chicago International Television Festival and the organization’s year-round education program.

2017 Chevy Bolt Regen Paddle Reduces Need to Brake

Chevy Bolt regen paddle

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is already breaking new ground in the world of electric vehicles. Now the automaker has announced that the need for braking in the city will be reduced thanks to the Chevy Bolt regen paddle.

The Regen on Demand paddle, or regenerative braking paddle, will let the driver access increased levels of regenerative braking. This is a feature that collects the energy produced when friction is used to slow the car down and uses the energy to recharge the battery of an electric or hybrid vehicle. Regenerative braking gives cars better battery range in the city because brakes are used more often.

The Bolt driver can toggle the regen paddle to avoid braking altogether, according to Chevy. By reducing your use of the brake pedal and increasing use of regenerative braking, you can boost your battery range by up to 5%. Chevy says that you can improve range even more by putting the Bolt in low gear while engaging the paddle. The paddle will also be available on the new Chevy Volt.

The Bolt’s 60-kWh battery and electric motor will produce 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and will have a range of at least 200 miles. Sales for the Bolt will begin sometime this year.