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.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
2016, Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, USA, 114 min.
- Fri, Sep 16th 2:00pm
- Fri, Sep 16th 6:00pm
- Fri, Sep 16th 8:15pm
- Sat, Sep 17th 1:00pm
- Sat, Sep 17th 5:15pm
- Sun, Sep 18th 3:00pm
- Sun, Sep 18th 5:15pm
- Mon, Sep 19th 6:00pm
- Mon, Sep 19th 8:15pm
- Tue, Sep 20th 7:45pm
- Wed, Sep 21st 6:00pm
- Thu, Sep 22nd 6:00pm
- Thu, Sep 22nd 8:15pm
- Fri, Sep 23rd 6:00pm
- Fri, Sep 23rd 8:15pm
- Sat, Sep 24th 5:00pm
- Sat, Sep 24th 8:00pm
- Sun, Sep 25th 3:00pm
- Sun, Sep 25th 7:30pm
- Mon, Sep 26th 8:15pm
- Tue, Sep 27th 6:00pm
- Wed, Sep 28th 6:00pm
- Wed, Sep 28th 8:15pm
- Thu, Sep 29th 8:15pm
"What Coburn Whack and Hercules do so well is capture Angelou's power and elegance...No hagiography, it paints a portrait of a life lived to the full and dedicated to being true to oneself." — Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
"The African-American icon’s richly textured and often traumatic story is unpacked in this near-definitive documentary." — Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies
This film will return November 11 - 17.
The remarkable, daring, and iconic life of poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou unfolds in this in-depth portrait, which includes a substantial element of storytelling by the artist herself. Angelou brings the resonant cadences of poetry to narrating an entrancing chronicle of a youth shaped by family upheaval, the racism of a small Arkansas town, and early motherhood, as eventually detailed in her first book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Rare footage traces her varied pre-writing career as a nightclub dancer, singer, and star known as “Miss Calypso,” her courage as a political activist, and her transformative friendships with figures including James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Interviews include Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, and Angelou’s son Guy Johnson. DCP digital. (BS)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 at 8:15 PM: Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and director of photography Keith Walker will be present for audience discussion.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 5:15 PM: Co-directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack and director of photography Keith Walker will be present for audience discussion.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 at 5:15 PM: Co-director Rita Coburn Whack will be present for audience discussion.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at 8:15 PM: Co-director Rita Coburn Whack will be present for audience discussion.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 at 6:00 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Raymond Lambert, the documentary's executive producer.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 6:00 PM: Director of photography Keith Walker will introduce the screening.
2016, Marc Levin, USA, 74 min.
- Tue, Aug 23rd 6:00pm
"Puts a human face on the issue of income equality … compelling viewing." — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There are no villains here, and everyone gets a say." — Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times
The high price of gentrification is examined in this gripping profile of one intersection in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. On one side of the street, a stone’s throw from the popular High Line, lies an aging public housing project packed with black and Latino families of the working poor. On the other side stands a brand new elite pre-K-12 private school flanked by condos with “bargain” price tags circa ten million. Filmmaker Levin (HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND) focuses on the kids on both sides of the divide, but also listens to parents, teachers, developers, newcomers, and longtime residents of the area, for a complex portrait of classism and urban evolution. Special advance screening courtesy of HBO Documentary Films. (BS)
AUGUST 23: This screening is a Movie Club event. Producer Daphne Pinkerson and film subject Hyisheem Calier will be present for an audience discussion after the film. The discussion will be facilitated by Janet Smith, Associate Professor at UIC and Co-Director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.