Award Winning Balsamo Film, PARACOSM, Premiering at Chicago’s Music Box Theater

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This is a big weekend for Barrington’s own Thomas & Wade Balsamo and their company, World Touch Productions. After winning several recent film festival awards, the father/son team’s latest film called PARACOSM, Death of Ego is premiering in Chicago, accompanied by a live orchestra, at the Music Box Theater Sound of Silent Film Festival.

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Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, the 11th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival is hosted by Access Contemporary Music, an organization committed to bringing the music of our time to a wider audience. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th. Tickets cost $20 at the door, $15 online, $8 for students and seniors (door only, with ID). The historic Music Box Theater is located at 3733 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.

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Paracosm is an abstract, interpretive silent film that captures the ego’s quest to be loved, following the rise and fall of power of a man struggling in the delusional mind of the self. This groundbreaking silent film stands out among others with its truly unique editing and cinematic style. The film keeps the viewer fully engaged with a journey through the internal conflicts of the mind, compelling the viewer to evaluate their own interpretation of self identity.

Paracosm was shot at the landmark Dole Mansion as well as at the iconic old Burpee Factory in the Chicagoland area, starring the charismatic Tony Bonocore in the dramatic lead role.

The film won a Best Shorts Film Competition as well as the highest award of merit from the Indiefest Film Competition before its world premiere at Siouxland Film Festival in February. Since then, the film has been awarded special mention and award of merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition, and will be honored with a live orchestral score at the Music Box Theatre this April. The live orchestral score was created by Greg Steinke and will be conducted by Francesco Milioto exclusively for this event.

One of seven films to be featured during Saturday’s film festival, Paracosm’s live orchestral score was created by Greg Steinke and will be conducted by Francesco Milioto exclusively for this event. Each piece will be accompanied by an orchestra featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films.

Post 545 - Sound of Silent Film Festival PosterHere are the films included in Saturday’s program:

Cheating, Inc.
by William Lorton (music by Eric Reda)
by Thomas & Wade Balsamo (music by Greg Steinke)
The Hipster and the Cat
by Anthony McLean (music by Tim Corpus)
Games We Played
by Brett Rogstad (music by Ioannis Papaspyrou)
The Stray
by Ryan Rozar (Music by Adam Cole)
Now Here
by Beatrice Grande (music by Gabi Malanciou)
by Daniel Ruiz Bustos (Jakub Polacyzk)

World Touch Productions was founded by Thomas and Wade Balsamo to improve the human condition through the power of art, film, and story. Thomas has inspired many with his fine art portraiture, with a career spanning nearly four decades in Barrington. He recently partnered with his son, Wade, to collaborate on film projects. Learn more their work at


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