One of the landmarks of filmmaking in Chicago makes a stellar comeback in a new 16mm print courtesy of Kartemquin Films and the National Film Preservation Foundation. In 1968, filmmakers Quinn and Temaner designated two naïve young nuns as their on-the-street interviewers in locations ranging from the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry to sidewalks around Chicago's Loop. "Are you happy?" is the question. The answers are surprisingly positive, thoughtful and thought provoking, and so very human. An inspired and unmistakably Chicago riff on CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER by French documentary pioneer Jean Rouch, INQUIRING NUNS is a time capsule of Sixties attitudes and social and political mores, yet is wholly timeless in its homely off-the-cuff stock-taking and universal expressions of yearning. Soundtrack music composed and performed by Philip Glass. 16mm. (BS)
1968, Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner, USA, 66 min.
"Remains a great and truly under-appreciated document of its time…captivating; should be seen by anyone who cares about the documentary form." - Michael Glover Smith, White City Cinema
"What could have been little more than a quirky stunt becomes a fascinating and rich sociological study of people reacting to the questions of two rather guileless and unconventional interviewers." - Jeff Stafford, Streamline
Friday 11/30: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin); Bren Ortega Murphy, Professor of Communications and Women's/Gender Studies and Loyola University and filmmaker (A QUESTION OF HABIT); and Sister Maria Cimperman (Chicago Theological Union, Director of the Center for Consecrated Life) are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by New City film critic Ray Pride.
Saturday 12/1: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin), BAND OF SISTERS director Mary Fishman, and RADICAL GRACE director Rebecca Parrish are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by Ryan Jagiello, host of Cinema Jaw.
Wednesday 12/5: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin) and Judy Hoffman, Kartemquin Collective member and Professor of Practice in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Al Gini, Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business.
The Wednesday, December 5, screening is a Movie Club event.
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
Le grand méchant renard et autres contes...
2017, Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner, France/Belgium, 83 min.
- Fri, Oct 19th 4:00pm
- Fri, Oct 19th 6:00pm
- Sat, Oct 20th 4:45pm
- Sun, Oct 21st 3:15pm
- Mon, Oct 22nd 6:00pm
- Tue, Oct 23rd 7:45pm
- Wed, Oct 24th 6:00pm
- Thu, Oct 25th 8:15pm
- Fri, Oct 26th 2:00pm
- Fri, Oct 26th 6:00pm
- Sat, Oct 27th 3:00pm
- Sat, Oct 27th 6:30pm
- Sun, Oct 28th 1:30pm
- Sun, Oct 28th 5:00pm
- Mon, Oct 29th 6:00pm
- Wed, Oct 31st 6:00pm
- Thu, Nov 1st 8:15pm
"Utterly beguiling…deliriously entertaining." - Matthew Turner, The List
"Wacky, heartwarming and wise…equal parts Tex Avery and Dr. Seuss, with a bit of Adult Swim thrown into the mix." - Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Two of the makers of Oscar-nominated ERNEST & CELESTINE team up for an endearingly goofy 2-D animated romp hosted by a wily wide-eyed fox, who invites his audience behind the makeshift curtain for a three-part production of barnyard theater. A hoot for the whole family, with enough satire and pop culture references to engage the adults and enough slapstick to keep everybody in stitches, this set of tales boasts an all-animal cast with some winningly human foibles and fears. In the zany, fast-paced "A Baby to Deliver," a stork feigns a broken wing and leaves it to the clueless combo of Pig, Rabbit, and Duck to deliver a bundled baby girl, but a wrong turn lands them in China. The Fox, neither as big or as bad as he thinks, is faced with a fitting dilemma in "The Big Bad Fox," when the eggs he steals hatch and the rambunctious chicks imprint on him as their parent. In "A Perfect Christmas," the animals hustle to replace Santa Claus after a farmyard stunt goes disastrously awry. In English, or in French with English subtitles, at indicated times. DCP digital. (BS)
FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Fri., 10/19 at 4 pm — Sat., 10/20 at 4:45 pm — Mon., 10/22 at 6 pm — Thu., 10/25 at 8:15 pm — Fri., 10/26 at 6 pm — Sat., 10/27 at 3 pm — Sun., 10/28 at 5 pm — Mon., 10/29 at 6 pm — Thu., 11/1 at 8:15 pm
Fri., 10/19 at 6 pm — Sun., 10/21 at 3:15 pm — Tue., 10/23 at 7:45 pm — Wed., 10/24 at 6 pm — Fri., 10/26 at 2 pm — Sat., 10/27 at 6:30 pm — Sun., 10/28 at 1:30 pm — Wed., 10/31 at 6 pm
The Wednesday, October 31 screening is a family-friendly Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago-based independent animator artist and DePaul animation instructor Lisa Barcy.