First Amendment rights go head-to-head with hate-group schemes in the tiny North Dakota ghost town of Leith, when its population of 24 is boosted in 2012 by a new resident. He is Craig Cobb, a notorious white supremacist, who buys up property and announces plans to establish majority control of the town for his racially pure neo-Nazi mecca. Filmmakers Beach and Walker (FLEX IS KINGS) earn the trust of both sides for a disturbing immersion into a low-down, dirty-trick-filled fight between horrified longtime locals and the technically law-abiding newcomers. DCP digital. (BS)
Welcome to Leith
2015, Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, USA, 86 min.
"A gripping you-are-there portrait of a community under siege…as engrossing as a fictional thriller." – Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A stunning portrait of First Amendment rights pushed to their extremes." – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
OCTOBER 5: The 6:00 pm screening on Monday, October 5, is a Movie Club event moderated by Professor Stephen Siegel, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of law. His long-standing research interest is American legal history, although he also is highly regarded in the areas of property and constitutional law. Among his writings on the history of free speech are articles on “Injunctions for Defamation, Juries, and the Clarifying Light of 1868” and “The Origin of the Compelling State Interest Test and Strict Scrutiny.”
2015, Mary Agnes Donoghue, USA, 95 min. With Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson.
"Heartstring-tugging…an apt release in the wake of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage." – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
"A warm, agreeable coming-out romance buoyed by strong performances." – James Rocchi, TheWrap
With same-sex marriage in the news, this nimble romantic comedy is timely, treating the coming-to-terms process of conservative Midwestern parents with gentleness, humor, and dignity. Jenny (Heigl) dotes on her family but fails to divulge the truth about herself until a wedding with Kitty (Alexis Bledel), the love of her life, is in the offing. How did daddy’s little girl and mom’s confidante get in this fix? Full disclosure results in a full-blown family circus, with parents, snappish sister Anne (Grace Gummer), friends, neighbors, and the guys down at the firehouse caught up in a round of subterfuge, speculation, and gossip before love wins the day. Tom Wilkinson (THE FULL MONTY, SELMA) is a standout as Jenny’s conflicted dad. DCP digital. (BS)
SEPTEMBER 23: The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, September 23, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director of Lambda Legal. He has played an instrumental role in marriage equality in Iowa and Illinois and continues to advocate for gay equality on all fronts. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Bennett performs sketch comedy and is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash. Movie ticket required for entry.