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Current & Ongoing Series

Conversations at the Edge Spring 2019

Spring 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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29th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

From February 2 through March 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the "29 th Annual Festival of Films from Iran," presenting Chicago premieres of eight films by directors working within and outside of Iran. We open with the U.S. premiere of the documentary MOUTH HARP IN A MINOR KEY: HAMID NAFICY IN/ON EXILE by Maryam Sepehri.

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Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

January 25 - May 7

Lecturer: Jonathan Rosenbaum

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National Theatre Live

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

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Upcoming Series

Two by Resnais

We present new digital restorations of two major works by Alain Resnais, a key figure in the development of modernist cinema. Resnais's fluid, fragmentary treatment of time and memory, enhanced by brilliant editing, moved critic Andrew Sarris to call him “the cinema’s most profound mediator on the human mind.”

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Fringe Benefits

We inaugurate a new 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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