Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
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
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)
Friday 11/30: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin) is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.
Saturday 12/1: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin) and BAND OF SISTERS director Mary Fishman are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by the hosts 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.
2018, Cameron Yates, USA, 82 min.
“Takes an honest look at child food prodigy Flynn McGarry, warts and all.”--Alan Ng, Film Threat
“Involving and mouth-watering...Gets beyond the hype surrounding culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry."-John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Marvels of gastronomy that will take your breath away are just the amuse-bouche for juicy family melodrama that begins when ten-year-old Flynn McGarry (a recent Chicago Ideas Week lecturer) takes over cooking duties from his divorced mother and proves a culinary quick study who’s running his own gourmet supper club from their Los Angeles living room by the time he’s twelve. This revealing profile of child-prodigy chef Flynn goes way behind the scenes to portray the drama surrounding an ambitious helicopter mom and relentlessly precocious son locked in a symbiotic relationship that may ultimately result in rebellion. As innovative food creations flow non-stop from the home-schooled kid’s remarkably professional bedroom kitchen, The New York Times, Time magazine, and other national media outlets make him a star. Filmmaker Yates (THE CANAL STREET MADAM) blends footage shot over the years by Flynn’s filmmaker mother Meg (KISSHUI) with his own intimate coverage of the young chef’s rapid rise and the tumultuous process of opening a pop-up Manhattan restaurant at the age of seventeen. DCP digital. (BS)
1963, Luchino Visconti, Italy, 185 min.
"Magnificent...a great film of a great book."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Visconti’s widescreen masterpiece is one of the cinema’s richest visual experiences. Based on the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, it tells of an aging but still vigorous Sicilian prince (Lancaster, who modeled his performance on the princely Visconti) whose sympathies for Garibaldi’s revolution conflict with the interests of his own declining class. The climactic grand ball is an overwhelming tour de force of densely orchestrated detail. In Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Note: There will be a 15-minute intermission. (MR)
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.
Shorts program: Women Of Color
2017-18, Various directors, USA, 88 min.
- Tue, Aug 28th 6:00pm
- Wed, Aug 29th 8:00pm
The strength of women of color to live, love, survive and prevail is at the center of these six shorts: GLADYS BROWN (2017, 13 min.) by Chad Scarborough; EMBERS (2018, 9 min.) by Prakshi Malik; BURNING ANGEL DUST (2017, 16 min.) by Jackie J. Stone; ON MONDAY OF LAST WEEK (2018, 14 min.) by Akosua Adoma Owusu; PEARL MOTEL (2017, 17 min.) by Chris Jones; and SHOTGUN WEDDING (2018, 19 min.) by Derek Dow.
Tuesday 8/28 & Wednesday 8/29: Directors Derek Dow and Chris Jones will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.
The Wednesday screening is a Movie Club event.