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)
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
December 12, 2018:Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club examines Chef Flynn. Facilitators are Portia Belloc Lowndes, Founder of Slow Food Chicago; Eda Davidman, member of the GSFC Advisory Board and Green City Market Board of Directors; and Eda's 11-year-old son, Cade Missner, who started cooking on his own at age five. Each ticket-holder attending the post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage.
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); 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.