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James Westby in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

At the Video Store

2019, James Westby, USA, 72 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 24th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 25th 5:30pm

"Perfectly captures the often shambolic nature of these home video emporiums... The film also serves as a wistful time capsule."—Robert Ham, Portland Mercury

The independent neighborhood video store is both celebrated and eulogized in this lively documentary recalling the heyday of what was once a democratic temple of high art and movie madness like no other. Director Westby (FILM GEEK, THE AUTEUR) conjures up an age when wildly eclectic selections of VHS tapes graced the shelves of these establishments like rare volumes presided over by intensely knowledgeable—and often geeky and eccentric—curator/ clerks. It’s not all nostalgia, as the featured presence of a handful of surviving mom n’ pop stores reveals, including Chicago’s own Odd Obsession Movies. Entertainment world movers and shakers including John Waters, Bill Hader, Thelma Schoonmaker, Todd Haynes, Nicole Holofcener, and more testify to the life-altering and career-making effects of their video store experience. DCP digital. (BS)

Director James Westby is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings. On Friday, the discussion will be moderated by film critics Kat and Ben Sachs. On Saturday, the discussion will be moderated by Newcity film critic (and film subject) Ray Pride.
Join us for a reception after Saturday's screening, hosted by Odd Obsession Movies.

Join us for movie trivia with Kat and Ben Sachs! Cinephiles should come ready to win; the stakes are high with our assortment of prizes from the depths of the Film Center. Trivia will start around 6:30PM! Odd Obsession will also be tabling at the screening.

In addition to Trivia, our friends and featured video store Odd Obsession Movies will be present at both screenings and will be hosting a reception at their location following Saturday's screening.

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