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Fringe Benefits

We continue the mostly monthly series dedicated to provocative and outré films that have galvanized audiences and critics alike, incited passionate conversation, and inspired devoted cult followings among adventurous cinephiles.

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Viewing Positions

Lecturer: Fred Camper

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Abbas Kiarostami

September 6 - October 30

“Cinema is truth twenty-four frames per second.”—Jean-Luc Godard

“In cinema, by fabricating lies we may never reach the fundamental truth, but we will always be on our way to it. We can never get close to the truth except through lying.”—Abbas Kiarostami

"Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.”—Jean-Luc Godard

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Conversations at the Edge Fall 2019

Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists. The program is organized by the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank.

For more, visit www.saic.edu/cate.

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5th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley

September 27 - 29

From September 27 through 29, the Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia invite you to whoop it up Irish-style with our 5th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley. The hooley is just another name for a good shindig, and, with filmmakers present for discussion at all screenings, stimulating conversation and lively debate are guaranteed as we present Chicago premieres of three films celebrating the passion, humor, and swagger of the Irish diaspora. The Emerald Loop Bar and Grill hosts our happening opening night party on Friday, September 27 (see details with film listing).

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Two "Killers," Four Killers

October 4 - 10

With its hardboiled dialogue, vividly sketched characters, and swift escalation of tension, Ernest Hemingway's 1927 short story "The Killers," about two hit men who barge into a small-town diner to wait for their victim, seems tailor-made for the screen. The main problem is that it's too short for a feature film. Two classic film noirs addressed that problem by using a flashback structure to open up the backstory behind the hit.

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National Theatre Live

The groundbreaking best of British theater, straight from the London stage.

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