Film Center from Your Sofa
With our doors closed, you may be missing the Gene Siskel Film Center -- but we don't want you to miss out on the latest art house films! We're partnering with our favorite distributors to present new and noteworthy independent and international cinema on a screen (very!) near you.
Keep checking in for our updated streaming schedule, noting that new films will continue to be added as they're confirmed. Please also note that each film has its own streaming procedures, pricing, and availability--but none cost more than the price of a movie ticket!
A portion of all proceeds--from streaming films through the Film Center or contributing to our ongoing fundraising initiatives--will help keep the Film Center operating during this time and help ensure we will all watch movies together again at our theaters.
To stay connected in the meantime, we invite you to share your thoughts in the Facebook events we’ve created for each film we’re streaming and to tune in to our “Screen to Screen” discussions, where you can enjoy interactive, virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, crew, and other special guests all from the comfort of your sofa (and sweatpants).
Thank you for your generous support during this time. Stay well, stay at home--and we hope to "see you" at the movies!
Having trouble viewing?
Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!
The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:
• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, and to support efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. This is a dynamic and unprecedented situation, we will share the most up-to-date information on this page. Additionally, you may call 312-846-2600 or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
2019, Roger Michell, USA/UK, 97 min.
With Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska
"Bridges humor and heartbreak...Michell's nimble direction keeps the ship right even through the stormiest of sequences."--Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"A class act...this is a quality enterprise with numerous rewards for adult audiences."--Dennis Harvey, Variety
An all-star cast anchors this crowd-pleasing drama from director Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL, TEA WITH THE DAMES), a remake of the acclaimed Danish film SILENT HEART. Lily (Sarandon) and Paul (Neil) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer (Winslet) and Anna (Wasikowska). Joining the collective farewell are Lily’s son in law (Rainn Wilson), her lifelong friend (Lindsay Duncan), daughter’s partner (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and grandson (Anson Boon). Her story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life. (Description courtesy of Variance Films)
THE ARTIST'S WIFE
2019, Tom Dolby, USA, 94 min.
With Lena Olin, Bruce Dern
Claire (Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.--(Description courtesy of Strand Releasing)
Screen to Screen: Meet star Lena Olin and director Tom Dolby in a very special Facebook Live event on Wednesday, September 30 at 5pm CDT, moderated by filmmaker and Northwestern University film professor Kyle Henry (ROGERS PARK)!! Register for this free Q&A here: https://tinyurl.com/y2phs6bf
MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE
2020, Alan Govenar, USA, 86 min.
This in-depth documentary explores the extraordinary and sometimes difficult lives of Blacks in Paris from the 19th century to the present. For more than a century, African American artists, authors, musicians and others have traveled to Paris to liberate themselves from the racism of the United States. What made these African Americans choose France? Why were the French fascinated by African Americans? And to what extent was and is France truly colorblind? The film explores the lives and careers of renowned African Americans who emigrated to Paris, including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Beauford Delaney, Augusta Savage, Barbara Chase-Riboud, and Lois Mailou Jones, and includes rare home movie footage of Henry Ossawa Tanner in Paris. In English and French with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of First Run Features)
Black Harvest Film Festival 2020
2020, Sarah Colt and Josh Gleason, USA, 91 min.
What do a farmer in Kansas, a laid-off factory worker in Ohio, and an Uber driver in Florida have in common? All three are resourceful, positive thinkers who strive to adapt and thrive despite dehumanizing forces at play in the American economy. As the film’s heroes face these roadblocks with courage, certain ideals remain sacred: family, love, and staying strong in the face of adversity. Lush cinematography galvanizes a sense of place, and, as the narrative unfolds, the intimacy with the characters results in an emotionally rich observational drama. Ultimately, THE DISRUPTED reveals a collective American experience of financial challenge, family resilience, and the quest for the purpose and dignity of work. [CC] (Description courtesy of Sarah Colt Productions)
A CHEF'S VOYAGE
2020, Rémy Anfosso and Jason Matzner, USA, 90 min.
A CHEF'S VOYAGE follows the celebrated American Chef David Kinch and his team from Manresa, their 3 Star Michelin restaurant in California, for a one-of-a-kind collaboration with three legendary French chefs at their iconic restaurants in Paris, Provence, and Marseille. This intriguing documentary takes us behind the scenes as the Manresa crew attempts to stage nine major meals over 10 days in the world’s most cinematic venues, alongside culinary superstars, with the world watching (and tasting) - all to celebrate 15 years of Manresa excellence by doing what Chef Kinch and his team do best: creating meals and experiences worthy of those three stars. In English and French with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of First Run Features)
SAUL & RUBY'S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND
2020, Tod Lending, USA, 81 min.
This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry.
After World War II, Holocaust survivors Saul and Ruby moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to South Florida. Retirement could have been the last chapter in their story, but they decided to start a klezmer band, named the Holocaust Survivor Band. In this utterly heart-affecting and enthralling film, Oscar-nominated director Lending (LEGACY) follows their musical journey, which includes a performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and an emotionally significant plan to return to Poland to perform triumphantly in honor of their dead loved ones. (Description courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films)
GOD OF THE PIANO
2019, Itay Tal, Israel, 80 min.
With Naama Preis, Andy Levi
"Quietly chilling...prepare to be shaken and stirred."--Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia
"As enigmatic as it is compelling...the use of music throughout is superb."--Wendy Ide, Screen International
Anat (Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the boy grows up indifferent to his destiny as a great pianist, Anat will have to stand up to her father - and her own actions. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
2018, Melissa Haizlip, USA, 99 min.
"For five years during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history...a soft-spoken intellectual brought his vision of 'black love and black strength and black encouragement' to public television."--Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Rich, deeply affecting...an exuberant cinematic celebration of some of the best – and boldest – performances ever seen on television."--David Alm, Forbes
Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first “Black Tonight Show.”
Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reignited a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of Black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, political and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, this man ensured the revolution would be televised. The man was Ellis Haizlip. The Revolution was SOUL! - an amazing weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 - 1973, celebrating Black American culture, art, life and community and shared it with the nation via the airwaves. Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Nikki Giovanni, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool and the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Mrs. George Jackson, George Faison, Patti Labelle and many more. (Description courtesy of Melissa Haizlip)
DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION
2019, Daria Price, USA, 84 min.
DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud — the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up with an endless treasure trove of previously unseen abstract expressionist masterpieces? Or did she eventually suspect they were fakes, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars for fifteen years? Whatever the truth, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever of Modern American Art. Closed captions available. (Description courtesy of Grasshopper Films)
OUR TIME MACHINE
2019, S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun, China/USA, 86 min.
"Sensitivity and insight...Maleonn's wondrous creations are enough of an attraction on their own, but the film has many more layers to reveal."--Scott Tobias, Variety
"Not only a powerful staged spectacle but a lovely meditative movie...a thoughtful exploration of memory and growing up."--Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
"Uplifting...an elegant, focused piece of storytelling."--Allan Hunter, Screen International
Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, Shanghai conceptual artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play's production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life. Facing his father’s painful decline, the artist becomes more aware of life’s complexities. There are no effortless masterpieces or simple solutions. And there’s no traveling back in time to retrieve what has been lost. There is however, the relationship that has developed with co-director Tianyi. He proposes to her, ready to become a partner and a father, and to carry on forward with a new outlook on his art and life. (Description courtesy of Walking Iris Media)
Click here to view a Live Q&A and studio tour, with THE TIME MACHINE filmmakers and film subject Maleonn, moderated by MSNBC's Richard Lui.
UNE INTIME CONVICTION
2018, Antoine Raimbault, France/Belgium, 110 min.
With Marina Foïs, Olivier Gourmet
"A nail-biter of a courtroom thriller...by the time the trial begins, we've been sucked so far into the facts of the case that we're left hanging onto the edge of our seats."--Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Based on the true story of a notorious French murder case, this thrilling courtroom drama draws an amateur researcher, a short-order cook by trade, and a famous defense attorney into a battle to prove the innocence of an accused wife murderer in the face of the prejudicial court of public opinion. That quest comes at a price that the pair may not be ready to pay. As the attorney, award-winning Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, acclaimed for his work in films by the Dardenne brothers (THE KID WITH A BIKE, THE SON) delivers a stunning tour de force performance. In French with English subtitles. (BS)
SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY'S FARM
2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min.
Henry Brockman is both an anachronism and a visionary. Surrounded by GMO-heavy industrial farms in Central Illinois, he has for a quarter-century successfully operated a small family vegetable farm based on principles of organic cultivation and biodiversity. Feeling the effects of age and a lifetime of hard work, Henry decides to take a sabbatical with his wife Hiroko in her native Japan. Left in the hands of a former intern, the farm is devastated by unusually heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, Henry's recently graduated daughter Aozora, a stalwart worker on the farm, is planning to leave for New York to pursue a writing career, and Henry's sojourn in Japan has caused him to rethink the future of farming. Director Sommer (BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD) effectively integrates an absorbing inside look at the nuts-and-bolts of sustainable farming with a lyrical feeling for nature and a stirring portrait of a down-to-earth idealist. (MR)
Click here to view a Facebook Live Q&A with director Ines Sommer, film subject Henry Brockman, and co-producer Terra Brockman, moderated by filmmaker and Northwestern University film professor Kyle Henry (ROGERS PARK)!
John Lewis: Good Trouble
2020, Dawn Porter, USA, 96 min.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. [closed caption] (Description courtesy of Magnolia Films)
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.
Additionally, on 7/9 all ticket-buyers are welcome to stream a live panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theater. The live panel begins at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST and will also be archived to watch afterward.