The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Chasing the Blues
2017, Scott Smith, USA, 77 min. With Grant Rosenmeyer, Jon Lovitz, Ronald L. Conner.
"Goofy and high-spirited." - Marilyn Ferdinand, Chicago Reader
"An extremely compelling and darkly comic ride." - Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
The 2 PM screening on Friday 10/12 is SOLD OUT!
Made in Chicago, this black-comic caper pays tribute to the city's musical legacy and its blues and bluesmen through a spirited fictional tale of a cursed record, based on a short story by Chicago writer Kevin Guilfoile. On the very day that Alan (Rosenmeyer of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS), obsessed record collector and convicted felon, is released from prison, he resumes his search for the object that has been the holy grail of his life. Back in 1938, the wanted murderer Jimmy Kane Baldwin walked into a South Side studio and recorded a haunting (and haunted, it turns out) demo, then disappeared. A smarmy Southern lawyer (former SNL star Lovitz), a dotty widow (Anna Maria Horsford of A MADEA CHRISTMAS), and an arch-rival record-store owner (Conner of "Empire" and "The Chi") are among the conmen, musicians, killers, and goofballs who race through a saga that extends from the 1930s to the present, and plays like an urban legend. DCP digital. (BS)
American Revolution 2
1969, The Film Group, USA, 77 min.
★★★★ "A film every Chicagoan should see…as well edited and as high in technical quality as any cinema verite documentary I've ever seen." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2 begins by documenting the explosive confrontations between the Chicago police and protestors during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The filmmakers (Howard Alk, Mike Gray, and Bill Cottle) then move from these clashes to a nuanced, compelling, and very timely examination of the unlikely relationship that was developing between the Black Power movement in Chicago and the Young Patriots - a group of impoverished, primarily white residents of the Uptown neighborhood who were beginning to organize around issues of social mobility, police brutality, and income inequity. This new 35mm print is the most recent preservation project of Chicago Film Archives, with the support of the National Film Preservation Foundation and Rebuild Foundation. CFA also commissioned sound artist Adam Sonderberg to create a seven-minute audio prelude piece using archival material from their collections. Preceding the film, it will provide an alternative way to absorb and understand the political and social turmoil that defined Chicago in 1968. (Michelle Puetz)