Ira Glass and WBEZ Chicago venture into the movie biz

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Producer/director Joss Whedon (L) and producer Ira Glass arrives at the premiere of IFC Films' "Sleepwalk With Me" at the Writers Guild Theater on August 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images / August 30, 2012)

Q: Working on the movie, there was no way for you to anticipate the problems that would arise with Mike Daisey, who fabricated details in his broadcast earlier this year about Foxconn working conditions. But in hindsight, are you glad Mike gives his character a fictional name in the movie? Just to clarify to audiences that everything on screen is not exactly factual?

A: A hundred percent. But the truth is that Mike always conceived this as a character, because it seemed like it would free him up. And coincidentally, that's exactly the way I would have wanted it, for all the reasons that you're saying. I mean, the broad outlines of the story did happen, but it isn't a truthful enough story to have it be his real name. And it is associated with the show, so I wouldn't want it to be his real name, given how much the movie tinkers with the truth.

Q: Any last parting words?

A: I have to run--I'm supposed to do MTV now, which is a sentence I never thought I would say.

Ira Glass will be at the Friday & Saturday screenings of "Sleepwalk with Me" at the Music Box. Go to

Early look

Get a jump on the new TV season with a screening of the new NBC series "Revolution" 8 p.m. Thursday at Kerasotes Showplace Icon. Created by J.J. Abrams, the survivalist drama imagines a future where all technology (and electricity) has become incapacitated. Go to

Mid-Century cinema

The Siskel Film Center's fall discussion series will focus on American cinema of the 1950s, led by film scholar Fred Camper, who describes the era as expressing "both celebration and disillusionment toward such subjects as consumerism, popular culture, the American Dream, and even the American family. Deliberately differentiated from the new medium of television, Hollywood film style of the 1950s was uniquely rich in ways that were designed specifically for celluloid and do not translate well to video." Screenings begin Tuesday with Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil," followed by "The Searchers" (Sept. 11), "Kiss Me Deadly" (Sept. 18) and "Vertigo" (Sept. 25). Go to

Studs TV

Old episodes of "Studs' Place," the unscripted TV series set in a diner starring Chicago's own Studs Terkel, which ran from 1949 to 1951, will screen Wednesday at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Found by Terkel's son while cleaning out the basement after his father's death, four episodes have been transferred to digital video, along with 1989 reunion of the cast. The Tribune's Rick Kogan will interview archivist Tom Weinberg about the show and Terkel's career. Go to√

Offbeat charmer

If the fall TV season feels far off in the future, there's always the option of catching some of TV's more interesting character actors on film. Aubrey Plaza, the sullen intern April on NBC's "Parks & Recreation," stars in "Safety Not Guaranteed," a film that earned three stars from Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who called it "sardonic like its heroine but, at heart, a sweetie, the fetching new comedy" about a magazine reporter who investigates a man who claims he can travel back in time. Go to

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