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.
A Murder In The Park
2015, Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber, USA, 93 min.
- Fri, Jul 10th 8:00pm
- Sat, Jul 11th 7:30pm
- Sun, Jul 12th 5:45pm
- Mon, Jul 13th 8:15pm
- Tue, Jul 14th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jul 15th 6:00pm
- Wed, Jul 15th 8:15pm
- Thu, Jul 16th 8:15pm
- Fri, Jul 17th 8:00pm
- Sat, Jul 18th 3:00pm
- Sat, Jul 18th 7:45pm
- Sun, Jul 19th 5:30pm
- Mon, Jul 20th 6:00pm
- Tue, Jul 21st 8:00pm
- Wed, Jul 22nd 8:30pm
- Thu, Jul 23rd 6:00pm
“A jaw-dropping story of corruption and thwarted justice.” — Chris Barsanti, PopMatters.com
This gripping documentary investigates a controversial Chicago murder case and makes a compelling argument that the celebrated exposure of an alleged miscarriage of justice, central to the ending of the death penalty in Illinois, may itself have led to a graver and more authentic injustice.In 1982, two teenagers were murdered near a public swimming pool in Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. Identified by six witnesses, Anthony Porter was convicted and sentenced to death. In 1999, Porter was set free, thanks to the efforts of the Innocence Project, conducted by Professor David Protess and his students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Crucial to Porter’s release were an eyewitness’s recanted testimony and a new confession by another man, Alstory Simon, who was subsequently convicted for the murders. The case became a key factor in the death-penalty moratorium declared by Gov. Ryan in 2003.It was a great story — as one newspaperman called it, “a journalist’s dream.” But, as one of the investigating police officers maintained, “There was one problem — it was one big lie.” Cracks began to appear, and questions multiplied. Why weren’t the other eyewitnesses contacted by Protess and his students? Was the witness who recanted intimidated by Porter? Was Simon’s confession coerced by Protess’s hired investigator, posing as a policeman? Why was Porter released almost immediately after Simon’s confession was leaked to CBS News, without being checked out by the State’s Attorney’s office? Why was Simon represented by a lawyer who had close ties to Protess’s team? Had the real killer been released, and an innocent man railroaded into prison? DCP digital. (MR)
FRIDAY, JULY 10: Co-directors Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber and executive producer Andrew Hale will be present for audience discussion moderated by critic Steve Prokopy.
SATURDAY, JULY 11: Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring co-director Shawn Rech; Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn; and Rob Warden, journalist and Executive Director, Emeritus, Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University. The discussion will be moderated by critic Steve Prokopy.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15: The 6:00 PM screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Kevin Davis, an award-winning journalist, author and magazine writer based in Chicago. A former crime reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, his writing has appeared in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, Utne Reader, In These Times, American Bar Association Journal, Reader's Digest, USA Weekend, Encyclopedia Britannica and many other publications.
FRIDAY, JULY 17: Co-director Shawn Rech will be present at the screening.
SATURDAY, JULY 18: Co-director Shawn Rech will be present at both screenings.
Macaroni and Cheese
2012, Sophie Letourneur, France, 75 min.
With Sophie Letourneur, Camille Genaud
“Demonstrates Ms. Letourneur’s modest yet ferocious talent... wry humor and unrelenting energy." — Miriam Bale, The New York Times
Swift, breezy, and often very funny, MACARONI AND CHEESE gives us a fictionalized glimpse behind the scenes at a real film festival. You may have thought that those festivals were about films, but director/star Letourneur, who evidently knows whereof she speaks, demonstrates that they are really about going to the right parties, getting wasted, and getting laid. Sophie (Letourneur) and her two BFFs descend upon the Locarno Film Festival, where Sophie has a film in competition--and a determination to track down Louis Garrel, who, she is convinced, would be the love of her life, if only she could meet him. Like Lena Dunham, to whom she is frequently compared, Letourneur is a connoisseur of shameless behavior and the highs and humiliations it brings. In French, Italian, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Director/star Sophie Letourneur will be present for audience discussion at both screenings. The discussion on Friday is a Movie Club event.