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.

Chicago premiere!

Dolores

2017, Peter Bratt, USA, 98 min.

PREVIOUSLY

Chicago premieres! Chicago Connection! Filmmakers in person!

Shorts Program: Women of Color

2016-17, Various directors, USA, 85 min.

Showtimes:

  • Wed, Aug 9th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 10th 8:15pm

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.

First Chicago run!

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

Vor der Morgenröte

2016, Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany, 106 min. With Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Jul 21st 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 21st 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jul 22nd 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 23rd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 24th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jul 25th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 26th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jul 27th 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 26: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Sara Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at UIC.

First Chicago run! Steve James and Mark Mitten in person!

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

2016, Steve James, USA, 88 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Jun 16th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 16th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jun 17th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 17th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 18th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jun 19th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 19th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jun 20th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 21st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 22nd 8:45pm

LION DANCE — FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY! To officially kick off the run, join us starting at 7:30 pm (before the 8:15 pm screening) when patrons will be greeted outside of the Film Center with a lion dance to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck for the film's week-long engagement. The lion dance will continue in our theater lobby on the 2nd floor starting at 7:45 pm.

Friday, June 16 at 8:15 PM: Director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten will be present for audience discussion. The discussion will be moderated by film critic Steve Prokopy. There will be a reception before the screening starting at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, June 17 at 7:45 PM: Director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten will be present for audience discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Kim Bellware of Huffington Post.

Sunday, June 18 at 5:15 PM: Director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten will be present for audience discussion, moderated by Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation's Director of Journalism and Media.

Tuesday, June 20 at 8:00 PM: Director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten will be present for audience discussion, facilitated by Mike McNamara, Executive Director of the Midwest Independent Film Festival. This screening is a Movie Club event.

Chicago premiere!

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

2016, Matt Tyrnauer, USA, 92 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, May 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 12th 8:15pm
  • Sat, May 13th 3:00pm
  • Sat, May 13th 7:45pm
  • Sun, May 14th 1:00pm
  • Sun, May 14th 3:00pm
  • Sun, May 14th 6:00pm
  • Mon, May 15th 6:00pm
  • Tue, May 16th 7:45pm
  • Wed, May 17th 8:15pm
  • Thu, May 18th 6:00pm

Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event. Discussion will be led by Janet Smith, PhD, Co-Director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the UIC Chicago College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Mar 31st 2:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 1st 1:30pm
  • Wed, Apr 5th 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 5 at 6 pm: This screening is a Movie Club event with a discussion led by original Broadway cast member Marc Moritz. The discussion will be held at Rosebud Prime, 1 S. Dearborn St.

Chicago premiere! Panel discussion!

Franca: Chaos & Creation

2016, Francesco Carrozzini, Italy/USA, 80 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Mar 4th 6:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 6th 7:45pm

MARCH 6: Following the March 6 screening, a panel chaired by Gillion Carrara, Director of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and including Debra Riley Parr, Associate Professor of design history and theory at Columbia College Chicago, Geoffrey Rhodes, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Communication Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fashion journalist and consultant Maria Vanessa Colapinto will discuss the issues.

Chicago premiere!

Saving Banksy

2015, Colin M. Day, USA, 80 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 3rd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 4th 2:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 12:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 5th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 6:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 6th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 7th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 8th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Feb 9th 8:15pm

FEBRUARY 8: The 6:15 pm screening on Wednesday, February 8, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by psychotherapist and Art Institute of Chicago adjunct lecturer Tamara Faulkner.

Back by popular demand!

Ixcanul

Volcano

2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 7th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 8th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 9th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 12th 8:15pm

JANUARY 11: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Camille Roussel, Ph.D. student in Human Development at the University of Chicago, whose scholarship focuses on gender and women's health issues among the K'ekchi' Maya in Guatemala.

New 4K digital restoration!

Tampopo

タンポポ

1985, Jûzô Itami, Japan, 114 min. With Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 2nd 7:45pm
  • Sat, Dec 3rd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 4th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 12th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 14th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 15th 6:00pm

DECEMBER 12 This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago Reader Senior Writer / Food Critic Mike Sula.

New digital restoration!

The Fallen Idol

1948, Carol Reed, UK, 94 min. With Ralph Richardson, Bobby Henrey.

Film series: Brit Noir

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Nov 18th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 19th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 23rd 6:00pm

NOVEMBER 18: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by J. R. Jones, lead film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of The Lives of Robert Ryan.