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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Chasing the Blues

2017, Scott Smith, USA, 77 min. With Grant Rosenmeyer, Jon Lovitz, Ronald L. Conner.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 12th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 13th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 14th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 15th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 17th 8:00pm
First Chicago run! Filmmakers in person!

"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)

Director Scott Smith, executive producer John Fromstein, and co-producer Aria Razza are scheduled to be present for audience discussion on Friday (8 pm), Sunday, and Wednesday. On Friday, lead actor Ronald Conner will join the discussion, which will be moderated by Fernando Jones, Chicago bluesman, educator, singer, songwriter, scholar, and founder of the Blues Kids Foundation.

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