Screen to Screen
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.
SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY'S FARM
2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min.Plays In: Screen to Screen
Henry Brockman is both an anachronism and a visionary. Surrounded by GMO-heavy industrial farms in Central Illinois, he has for a quarter-century successfully operated a small family vegetable farm based on principles of organic cultivation and biodiversity. Feeling the effects of age and a lifetime of hard work, Henry decides to take a sabbatical with his wife Hiroko in her native Japan. Left in the hands of a former intern, the farm is devastated by unusually heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, Henry's recently graduated daughter Aozora, a stalwart worker on the farm, is planning to leave for New York to pursue a writing career, and Henry's sojourn in Japan has caused him to rethink the future of farming. Director Sommer (BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD) effectively integrates an absorbing inside look at the nuts-and-bolts of sustainable farming with a lyrical feeling for nature and a stirring portrait of a down-to-earth idealist. (MR)
Sunday, August 16 at 5pm: Director Ines Sommer, film subject Henry Brockman, and other special guests!
DAYS OF THE WHALE
LOS DIAS DE LA BALLENA
2019, Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, Colombia, 80 min.
With Laura Tobón, Davis Escallón
"There's an indomitable youthful exuberance that thrums through Restrep's debut feature...unmistakable energy and unconcealed filmmaking glee."--Jessica Kiang, Variety
“A gem of a film. The story is compelling, the art is amazing, the sense of place is near perfect.” --Steve Kopian, UnSeen Films
"A promising debut from a fresh new voice...features a fantastic soundtrack with a mix of Colombian hip hop and Cuban salsa."--Raquel Stecher, Quelle Movies
Cristina (Tobón) and Simon (Escallón) are two young and daring graffiti artists bent on rebellion through art, in Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city. Their restless spirit leads them to defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint a mural over a threat written in a wall. The love that unites them, their friendship with other artists at La Selva--an old house they use as a refuge--and familiar tensions, come together to tell a story where the powerful strength of youth faces fear, violence and the difficulties of growing up. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Outsider Pictures)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with DAYS OF THE WHALE director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo, producer Pau Brunet, moderated by journalist, essayist, and educator Esther Cepeda.
2019, Emily Harris, UK, 96 min.
With Hannah Rae, Devrim Lingnau, Tobias Menzies
"Expressive, atmospheric...hazy, ethereal, and almost hyper-real."--Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
"Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other'...Lingnau and Rae create plenty of heat in their scenes together."--Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
15-year-old Lara (Rae) lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation, and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla (Lingnau). Based on the 1872 gothic novella of the same name, the quintessential "lesbian vampire" story has been adapted previously as Roger Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES and the Hammer classic THE VAMPIRE LOVERS. In this new interpretation, director Emily Harris strips back "the supernatural tropes of Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel in order to dive deeper into the motivations and behaviors that turn love and openness into hate and destruction." (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with CARMILLA director Emily Harris, moderated by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
2020, Dawn Porter, USA, 96 min.Plays In: Screen to Screen
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. [closed caption] (Description courtesy of Magnolia Films)
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.
Additionally, on 7/9 all ticket-buyers are welcome to stream a live panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theater. The live panel begins at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST and will also be archived to watch afterward.
2018, Nikolaus Leytner, Austria/Germany, 117 min.
With Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz
"Told with unusual sensitivity...a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz."--Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
Featuring one of the final performances by acclaimed Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (THE AMERICAN FRIEND) this drama based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler explores an unexpected friendship set against the background of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz (Morzé) journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Ganz), a regular customer. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka (Emma Drogunova), he seeks courtship advice from the psychoanalyst. As political and social conditions dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. In German with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Menemsha Films)
Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with THE TOBACCONIST director Nikolaus Leytner, and actor Simon Morze moderated by Erin Gizewski, doctoral student in Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.