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.
All The Queen's Horses
2017, Kelly Richmond Pope, USA, 71 min.
The 8 PM screening on Friday 11/10 is now SOLD OUT!
Home-grown front-page scandal is dissected in this Kartemquin-produced documentary detailing how the placid farm town of Dixon, Illinois, claiming fame as the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, became notorious for the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history, thanks to city comptroller Rita Crundwell, a flamboyant, high-living champion horse breeder, who sucked the town dry to the tune of $54 million. Neighboring communities thrived over two decades while Dixon tightened its belt in poverty, and most envied the seemingly wealthy blonde who built a vast equine empire in their midst as she held down a city job. From the accidental discovery of the scam by a frightened whistleblower to an inside look at how Crundwell cooked the books and the details of the auctions of high-priced horses and luxury possessions through which Dixon attempted to recoup some of the cash, this chronicle tells all. DCP digital. (BS)
Friday, November 10 at 8 PM: Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, joined by Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films; Jason Wojdylo of the U.S. Marshal Service; and Todd Carrol, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, FBI Chicago Office. The discussion will be moderated by Marissa Bailey, co-anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago weekday morning and midday newscasts. The audience is invited to a reception sponsored by Kartemquin Films following the show.
November 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, and 22: Director Kelly Richmond Pope is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. The Wednesday, November 15 screening is a Movie Club event.
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
2017, Anna Chai and Nari Kye, USA, 85 min.
“A knock-out doc…beautifully shot…well-told story about one of the most important things in our lives.” — Mary Leslie, Film Pulse
If a documentary about global food waste and its remedies doesn’t sound mouthwatering, think again, for this is a rousing good story of mind-boggling foodie innovations, high-tech initiatives pioneering in Europe and Asia, and unusual gastronomic delights that include a British beer brewed from stale bread and more than 50 varieties of designer pork from happy Japanese pigs fed on diets of specially targeted food waste. The film’s executive producer, chef Anthony Bourdain, a leader in creative solutions to a worldwide dilemma that encompasses everything from agricultural overrun to home kitchen scraps, joins a coterie of chefs and food critics including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura, to provide a shocking, enlightening, and entertaining look at the problem and an abundance of innovative solutions. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event, with discussion moderated by Ken Dunn, founder of the Chicago Resource Center.