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It may seem hard to believe, but other people are still out there. With Film Center: Screen to Screen, we're bringing them to you...from the safe distance of your screen. Enjoy interactive, virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, and crew, as well as film critics and other community leaders...all from the comfort of your sofa (and sweatpants). We know that our community of film lovers is just that--a community--and even if we can't watch films together, we can come together to discuss them, screen to screen.

Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT

2019, Halina Dyrschka, Germany, 93 min.

STREAM APRIL 24 - JUNE 4

“CRITIC’S PICK.Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” –A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I’VE SEEN ABOUT FINE ART. It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us.” —Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.com

“GORGEOUS...GOES FAR DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE...making an airtight case for af Klint’s ascension to an elevated place in art history.”—Shana Nys Dambrot, LA WEEKLY

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

Click here to view a virtual Q&A with Halina Dyrschka, director of BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT, moderated by Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com)!

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Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further directions.

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

UP FROM THE STREETS

2019, Michael Murphy, USA, 104 min.

CLICK TO STREAM MAY 15 - JUNE 4

Tip your hat to jazz music and the recently cancelled annual Jazz Fest in New Orleans with Michael Murphy's omnibus celebration of the music that shaped the culture of New Orleans in UP FROM THE STREETS. Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host for the film. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans’ most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers. NOTE: For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation COVID-19 relief fund. (Description courtesy of UMG)

Join for a live Q&A session on Tuesday, May 26 at 8PM CDT with Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe, Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Producer / Director Michael Murphy.
https://watch.eventive.org/upfromthestreets/play/5ec2ea81ff2b05004574ea2f

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

Alice

2019, Josephine MacKerras, UK/Australia/France, 106 min.
With Emilie Pipponier, Martin Swabey

CLICK TO STREAM MAY 22-28

Plays In: Screen to Screen

"Makes the case for Pipponnier to be a movie star. She dominates every frame with a mesmerizing screen presence."--Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Alice (Pipponier in a tour de force performance), a Parisian wife and mother, seemingly has it all - an upscale middle-class life with her devoted husband Francois (Swabey) and their adorable toddler son. The illusion is shattered when Francois mysteriously disappears and his financially ruinous addiction to high-end call girls is revealed. Left bankrupt, with a mountain of debt and foreclosure on her home looming, Alice desperately accepts a lucrative job offer - working for the same escort service that had supplied her husband's secret obsession. It's the flip side of BELLE DU JOUR with an audacious and sometimes comic feminist angle. Director Mackerras weaves an engaging tale of dawning empowerment and female friendship that neither glamorizes Alice's choice nor condemns it, but celebrates her determined path to independence. In French with English subtitles. (BS)

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Click here to view a prerecorded Master Q&A with director Josephine Mackerras.

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY

2019, Elizabeth Carroll, USA/Mexico, 82 min.

STREAM MAY 22-28

Plays In: Screen to Screen

"Cinematic comfort food of the first order."--Guy Lodge, Variety

"A candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world's most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs."--Andrew Parker, The Gate

The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana Kennedy is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. Master chef, teacher and environmental activist, she is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she's a fierce jolt of energy-- one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, this lively documentary is an homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration. Features extensive interviews with Kennedy herself, plus famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters. (Description courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

Click here to join the virtual Q&A Saturday, May 23, 7pm CT with famed chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), The New York Times City Kitchen columnist David Tanis, and director Elizabeth Carroll + two-time James Beard semifinalist Gabriela Cámara (A Tale of Two Kitchens).

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

2020, Benjamin Ree, Norway, 102 min.

CLICK TO STREAM MAY 22-28

"Incredible...a stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results."--Peter Debruge, Variety

"Nuanced and beguiling...intimate and involving as can be."--David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them.  After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.  Director Ree comments, "I’ve always been fascinated with art theft.  I think it’s because of the contrasts.  The socially elevated art industry with a lot of cultural capital meets “lower-class” criminals with rough backgrounds. These contrasts raise questions that intrigue me. Who are these thieves?  How do they choose their paintings, and is it for money or because of a genuine love of art?"  Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Creative Storytelling at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.  In English and Norwegian with English subtitles.  (Description courtesy of Neon)

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

Watch a pre-recorded Q&A during the film’s week-long engagement found here: https://neonrated.com/posts/the-painter-and-the-thief-q-a

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

LUCKY GRANDMA

2019, Sasie Sealy, USA, 100 min.
With Tsai Chin, Ha Hsiao-yuan
COMING SOON!

CLICK TO STREAM MAY 29- JUNE 4

“This is no sentimental ON GOLDEN POND in Chinatown…Grandma Wong is a wonderfully tart and vinegary character and it is a role that Chin totally knocks out of the park.”—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

“Straight-faced yet searingly funny…an anti-heroine for the ages.”—Rosamund Kelby, The Upcoming

Hilariously shrewd and breathtakingly resourceful, widowed Grandma Wong (Chin of THE JOY LUCK CLUB and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) is a stone-faced, chain-smoking harridan-from-hell to those who risk crossing her. When her excited fortuneteller confirms a most auspicious reading (carps jumping over the dragon gate!!), Wong withdraws her savings and heads for the casino bus. Lady Luck smacks her down in one arena, only to deliver handsomely in another, with only a little assist from some fast-thinking larceny. Flush with an ill-gotten fortune, Wong hires lovably clueless Big Pong (Ha) as her bodyguard when rival Chinatown gangs come calling, but proves more than capable of handling the dirty work herself. In this first feature, director Sealy delightfully turns the stereotype of the maverick action hero as a male or a curvaceous young babe on its head with this wise kickass granny with a mind of her own. In English, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles. (BS)

SPECIAL DIRECTOR Q&A! Join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 6pm CDT for a Facebook Live Q&A with LUCKY GRANDMA director Sasie Sealy, moderated by Tzi Ma (THE FAREWELL, MULAN, RUSH HOUR, etc.)! Be sure to watch the film before the Q&A (if you start the film at 4:20pm CT, you'll be done watching just in the for the Q&A). RSVP for the Q&A here: https://tinyurl.com/y74vzx8s or just tune into our Facebook page at 6pm CDT on June 3: https://www.facebook.com/siskelfilmcenter/

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

2019, Daniel Traub, USA/Italy, 57 min.

CLICK TO STREAM JUNE 5-11

Plays In: Screen to Screen

"Von Rydingsvard’s favored forms are massive. They slump on the floor like hollow, tuberous mounds into which it’s tempting to crawl; or jut out from the wall; or else rise up like inverted megaliths or weathered geological forms. They’re dramatic, sensuous, but at the same time almost accidental, as if shaped organically by wind and water."--Sebastian Smee, Washington Post

“Pure visual pleasure from start to finish.”--Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, where her towering “Bronze Bowl with Lace” is installed on the Bluhm Family Terrace. The sculptures are massive, yet strangely intimate, and some feel imbued with an almost primal energy. Director Traub’s in-depth profile underlines von Rydingsvard’s passionate drive to create, and follows her life’s journey from post-WWII upheaval and trauma to the present, as she oversees a host of collaborators, including cutters and metal-smiths, to undertake the most complex and challenging project of her career. [Closed-captioned] (Description courtesy of Icarus Films)

Director Daniel Traub and artist Ursula von Rydingsvard are scheduled to participate in a moderated discussion with Robyn Farrell, the Art Institute of Chicago's Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm CDT.

Having trouble viewing?

Please reference our Streaming FAQ page for further direction!

The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:

• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
Thank you so much for your understanding and support! Enjoy!

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