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.
THE ARTIST'S WIFE
2019, Tom Dolby, USA, 94 min.
With Lena Olin, Bruce Dern
Claire (Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.--(Description courtesy of Strand Releasing)
Click here to view a live Q&A with star Lena Olin and director Tom Dolby, moderated by filmmaker and Northwestern University film professor Kyle Henry (ROGERS PARK)!!
OUR TIME MACHINE
2019, S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun, China/USA, 86 min.Plays In: Screen to Screen
"Sensitivity and insight...Maleonn's wondrous creations are enough of an attraction on their own, but the film has many more layers to reveal."--Scott Tobias, Variety
"Not only a powerful staged spectacle but a lovely meditative movie...a thoughtful exploration of memory and growing up."--Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
"Uplifting...an elegant, focused piece of storytelling."--Allan Hunter, Screen International
Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, Shanghai conceptual artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play's production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life. Facing his father’s painful decline, the artist becomes more aware of life’s complexities. There are no effortless masterpieces or simple solutions. And there’s no traveling back in time to retrieve what has been lost. There is however, the relationship that has developed with co-director Tianyi. He proposes to her, ready to become a partner and a father, and to carry on forward with a new outlook on his art and life. (Description courtesy of Walking Iris Media)
Click here to view a Live Q&A and studio tour, with THE TIME MACHINE filmmakers and film subject Maleonn, moderated by MSNBC's Richard Lui.
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)
Click here to view a Facebook Live Q&A with director Ines Sommer, film subject Henry Brockman, and co-producer Terra Brockman, moderated by filmmaker and Northwestern University film professor Kyle Henry (ROGERS PARK)!
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.