Glen Ellyn Filmmaker to Premiere 'Broken & Beautiful' in Chicago Area

"Broken & Beautiful," shot in Chicago and the suburbs—including downtown Wheaton—premieres in Chicago area this weekend.

A Glen Ellyn filmmaker's award-winning faith-based film, Broken & Beautiful will make its Chicago are premiere Saturday at the SeptemberFest Film Festival in Glendale Heights.

The independent feature film by Glen Ellyn filmmaker has been chosen as a finalist in the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival in Detroit, where it premiered in May.

Dalian filmed Broken & Beautiful in the spring of 2011 in Chicago and the suburbs, . 

Broken & Beautiful weaves together stories of the lives of members of All Saints Church. Through the music of contemporary Christian artists, the characters’ dark secrets are exposed, despite their best efforts to cover their imperfections. With themes of judgment and hypocrisy, forgiveness and unconditional love, Broken & Beautiful deals head-on with struggles in today's world. The trailer for the film is available on the official Broken & Beautiful website.


  • Best Feature - GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, 2012
  • Golden Ace Award - Las Vegas Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Faith-Based Feature (Nominated ) - Action on Film International Film Festival, 2012
  • Award of Merit - Accolade Competition, 2012

Official Festival Selections

  • Official Selection - GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection - Interrobang Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection - Action on Film International Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection - SeptemberFest Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection - Sycamore Film Festival, 2012
  • Official Selection - Oak Park International Film Festival, 2012

Broken & Beautiful stars an ensemble cast: Annelyse Ahmad of Skokie, Danish Alidino of Chicago, Jackson Brunsting of Plainfield, Timothy Cross of Aurora, Martin Gonzalez of Glen Ellyn, Julie Hurt of Chicago, Sean Marcus McDonnell of Skokie, Devon Moon of Naperville, Ann Morton of Memphis, Tennessee, Mary K. Nigohosian of Batavia, Peter Sipla of Warrenville and Felecia Thompson of Chicago.

The film will also be shown in a two other festivals next weekend:

  • Oak Park Film Festival on September 15 at 1pm. Oak Park Library - 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL. Tickets are available at the door.
  • Sycamore Film Festival on Friday, September 14th (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, September 15th (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 16th (11:00 a.m.) Sycamore State Theater - 420 West State Street, Sycamore, IL (all in Theater 3). Tickets are available online. A Day Pass is $10 for adults and $8 for students.

Written by Wheaton Local Editor Charlotte Eriksen


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