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posted: 9/10/2012 8:08 AM

See independent movies at Sycamore Film Festival

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Building off last year's success, the Sycamore Film Festival is bringing together an amazing lineup of filmmakers, actors, writers and directors to showcase their works.

The festival, a nonprofit 501(c)3 "Arts for the Arts" event, features three days of independent films from filmmakers around the globe, including Mexico, Spain, and England, as well as guest appearances from actors and filmmakers that include:

• James Hampton, actor of "The Longest Yard," "Teen Wolf," "Teen Wolf Too," "China Syndrome," "Hawmps!," "Condorman," "Pump Up the Volume," and "Police Academy V."

• Marie Rowe, casting director of "Good Morning Vietnam."

• Mitch Markowitz, writer of "Good Morning Vietnam."

• Tom Tran, leading actor of "Good Morning Vietnam" who has an amazing story of escape from Vietnam, as well as Cu Ba (tentative), another supporting lead actor in the film who, in reality, was in the South Vietnamese Army and also has a story of escape. He played the shady owner of the bar where all the soldiers ate and drank.

• Ethan Bensinger, filmmaker of a Holocaust survival documentary about the individuals who founded the Self Help Center in Chicago-Jewish Center. They were German Jews who fled Europe and came to Chicago and founded the center -- and are still there.

• Mari Deese Hampton, actress in a recurring role on the TNT series "Dallas" and in the feature film "Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay."

Adding to the lineup of films and filmmakers is the showing of the film "Wired -- the DeKalb documentary." Premiere showing will be at the Egyptian Theater Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The festival, held at the Sycamore Theater on State Street, will also pay homage to the 25th anniversary edition release of "Good Morning, Vietnam."