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Chicago film fest founder: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Chicago film fest founder: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Michael Kutza sliced through the crush with a smile. It's what he has done for decades. Well-wishers, sponsors, staffers, friends, filmmakers, moviegoers, people who say Chicago would be a culturally poorer place without him and people who say he's an incorrigible, tone-deaf socialite who does the city few favors: Everyone stepped aside, and Kutza strode through the lobby, down a hallway and into a theater at AMC River East 21, the unassuming, proletarian showcase for the Chicago International Film Festival, which Kutza founded. His smile is his weapon, the first thing you notice about him. It's mischievous and reddens his face, his grin expanding across his cheeks with...