Everyone likes to talk about movies, so let’s keep the conversation going! The Gene Siskel Film Center will get everyone talking with monthly film conversations. Audiences are invited to informal conversations led by—but not monopolized by—carefully selected facilitators.
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
2017, Anna Chai and Nari Kye, USA, 85 min.
“A knock-out doc…beautifully shot…well-told story about one of the most important things in our lives.” — Mary Leslie, Film Pulse
If a documentary about global food waste and its remedies doesn’t sound mouthwatering, think again, for this is a rousing good story of mind-boggling foodie innovations, high-tech initiatives pioneering in Europe and Asia, and unusual gastronomic delights that include a British beer brewed from stale bread and more than 50 varieties of designer pork from happy Japanese pigs fed on diets of specially targeted food waste. The film’s executive producer, chef Anthony Bourdain, a leader in creative solutions to a worldwide dilemma that encompasses everything from agricultural overrun to home kitchen scraps, joins a coterie of chefs and food critics including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura, to provide a shocking, enlightening, and entertaining look at the problem and an abundance of innovative solutions. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event, with discussion moderated by Ken Dunn, founder of the Chicago Resource Center.
All The Queen's Horses
2017, Kelly Richmond Pope, USA, 71 min.
Home-grown front-page scandal is dissected in this Kartemquin-produced documentary detailing how the placid farm town of Dixon, Illinois, claiming fame as the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, became notorious for the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history, thanks to city comptroller Rita Crundwell, a flamboyant, high-living champion horse breeder, who sucked the town dry to the tune of $54 million. Neighboring communities thrived over two decades while Dixon tightened its belt in poverty, and most envied the seemingly wealthy blonde who built a vast equine empire in their midst as she held down a city job. From the accidental discovery of the scam by a frightened whistleblower to an inside look at how Crundwell cooked the books and the details of the auctions of high-priced horses and luxury possessions through which Dixon attempted to recoup some of the cash, this chronicle tells all. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on November 10 (8 pm only), 11, 12, 13, 15, and 19. The audience is invited to a reception sponsored by Kartemquin Films following the show on November 10. The Wednesday, November 15 screening is a Movie Club event.
2017, Peter Bratt, USA, 98 min.
“Energetic, engaging…sharp, cogent.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers’ rights but to the expanding role of women.” — Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
The Tuesday, September 26 screening of DOLORES at 8:15 PM is now SOLD OUT!
The tumultuous life and groundbreaking work of Dolores Huerta, termed one of the most important yet least known activists in American history, are chronicled in this documentary that provides a compelling glimpse of history in the making. Co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the nation’s first farm workers’ union, and strategist of the 1965 California grape boycott, the 87-year-old Huerta is seen as a tireless lifelong champion of social justice for Latinos, migrant workers, immigrants, and women. Risking physical danger, weathering constant attacks on her character and fierce opposition from politicians including Nixon and Reagan, she becomes the soul of the farm workers' movement, its unsung hero, and its frequently unrecognized driving force. Director Bratt, who has personal connections to the movement, reveals a complete picture of this complex woman, from high-profile alliances with figures including Coretta Scott King, Robert Kennedy, Angela Davis, and Gloria Steinem, to her conflicted relationship with her eleven children. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:45 PM: This screening is a Movie Club facilitated by Analía Rodríguez, Executive Director, Latino Union of Chicago.
Shorts Program: Women of Color
2016-17, Various directors, USA, 85 min.
- Wed, Aug 9th 6:00pm
- Thu, Aug 10th 8:15pm
Seekers, lovers, and survivors, women of color are the heroines of these five shorts:
Wednesday, August 9 at 6 PM: Director Will Robbins, executive producer Asher Turney, writer/producer Meleisha Edwards, and cast member Mykie Fisher of IN THE SPOTLIGHT; director Maisha R. Carter of ON THE VERGE OF MOTION; and director Mary-Lyn Chambers, producer Monica Lawson, and cast member Renda Pettis of THE PLURAL OF BLOOD are scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Wednesday. This screening is a Movie Club event. The discussion will be held at the Gene Siskel Film Center with food provided by Rosebud Prime. The discussion will be facilitated by Bonnie DeShong, Director of Community Relations for the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Thursday, August 10 at 8:15 PM: Director Maisha R. Carter or ON THE VERGE OF MOTION; director Mary-Lyn Chambers, producer Monica Lawson, and cast member Renda Pettis of THE PLURAL OF BLOOD; and writer/producer Meleisha Edwards of IN THE SPOTLIGHT are scheduled to appear for audience discussion. PLUS: From 7 PM to 8 PM, there will be a pre-screening wine tasting and artist talk in the gallery/cafe with writer/producer Meleisha Edwards of IN THE SPOTLIGHT sponsored by 57th Street Wines. All ticket holders are invited.