Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Almost There

2014, Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, USA, 85 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 11th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 12th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 13th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 14th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 16th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 17th 6:00pm
Back by popular demand! Chicago filmmakers in person!

"Hilarious, heartbreaking and haunting…a brilliant piece of work and a must-see." – Jeff Manes, Post-Tribune

This Kartemquin-produced chronicle of a near-decade in the life of East Chicago, Indiana, outsider artist Peter Anton, now 83, boasts as many layers, permutations and interpretations as the pages of one of his profusely illustrated scrapbook journals. Discovering the vast body of the reclusive artist’s life’s work in a trash-filled home, the filmmakers become friends, virtual care-givers, and champions of his art. When a critically acclaimed retrospective at Intuit, Chicago’s Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, brings the aged artist into the limelight, a precipitous revelation about his past threatens his new-found celebrity. DCP digital. (BS)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11: THE PRODUCTION
Post-screening Discussion Moderator: Ray Pride (Newcity Film Critic)
Panelists: Aaron Wickenden (Almost There Co-Director, Producer); Gordon Quinn (Almost There Executive Producer and Kartemquin Films' Artistic Director)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12: THE CINEMATOGRAPHY
Post-screening discussion (and slide show!) with Aaron Wickenden (Almost There Co-Director and Cinematographer) and David Schalliol (Almost There Environmental Cinematographer). Co-Presented by the MoCP, the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13: THE ART
Post-screening Discussion Moderator: Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival Associate Artistic Director)
Panelists: Aaron Wickenden (Almost There Co-Director); Cleo Wilson (Former Executive Director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art); and Jerry Stefl (Intuit Board Member and Current Education Committee Chair)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14: THE EDITING
Post screening between Anthony Kaufman (Film writer, teacher and programmer) and Aaron Wickenden, ACE (Editor of Almost There, Best of Enemies, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16: THE ETHICS
Post-screening Discussion Moderator: Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com Film Critic)
Panelists: Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden (Co-Directors/Producers, Almost There); Olga Briseño (Independent Media Production Professional, Journalist in Almost There); Joel Hood (Writer and Former Chicago Tribune Journalist in Almost There)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17: THE HELPERS
Post-screening Discussion Moderator: Nick Allen (RogerEbert.com Film Critic)
Panelists: Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden (Co-Directors/Producers, Almost There); Eve Gomez, Dan and Diane McKern, Shelby Withrow (characters/helpers in Almost There)

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