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  • Control

    Filmmakers in Attendance!
    (2014, 52 min., video)
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Arnold J Damen Student Center Cinema, Loyola University Chicago - 6511 North Sheridan Road

    CONTROL is documentary about the stunning way that the criminal justice system can simply drift into a teen's life, casually threatening to undo a family's decades of hard work and planning. In most ways, Luther (sometimes "Mouse") is a normal teen - snarkily commenting about his dad's cooking and overly-confident about his ability to handle himself with the troubles he faces. In many other ways, he has had a rough go of it. He had to help raise his brothers while they moved in and out of foster homes. Both his mother and father have spent time in jail. His mother tells her story of ardently working to get her kids back with confidence and grit. She's similarly clear-eyed about Luther and the challenges he's facing. The film opens with a bold assertion of its cinematic and journalistic point-of-view. You jump right into a loud, overlapping argument in Luther's echoey bedroom among his friends, with Luther giving the film's back-story (he was picked up after checking in on a fight he wasn't involved in) while his friends gently mock him for getting picked up. The film drops you right into Luther's life, and doesn't give you too many traditional documentary conceits to hold on to. It's a powerful film of deceiving simplicity about indifferently destructive forces in civil institutions and one young man's attempts to avoid too-common ensnarements.

    Free!

  • From the Archives of... Ron Slattery

    Unseen treasures on film!
    Free!
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Comfort Station - 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue

    "From the Archives of..." is a new series of programs designed to highlight the work of passionate collectors, personal archivists, and relentless documenters from the Chicagoland area. We're kicking off the series with a screening of motion pictures from Ron Slattery. Ron is a flea-market fiend, an eBay expert, and almost certainly the most jovial collector you'll ever meet. Born and raised in Oak Lawn, Ron bounced around the West Coast and the Midwest doing various jobs before realizing that he was happiest back home in Chicago digging through good old American detritus searching for the gems - like the photography of Vivian Maier (Ron was one of the two people who re-discovered her now famous work). He also runs the website bighappyfunhouse.com, which updates daily with new photos from his extensive collection of vernacular photography. This screening promises to be a ridiculous and entrancing evenings of mystery films in every format Ron can find!

    Free!

  • GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE

    Filmmaker Blake Eckard in person Saturday! with CITY by Jon Jost!
    (2013, 83 min., video)
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

    Lonnie is headed home to Empire Prairie to be with his brother and his ailing father. He may have worked on the rodeo. He may have killed. He may have broken both his legs. You can't be sure about much with Lonnie, except that he is cruel and hot-tempered. You can also be pretty sure that he learned this behavior from his father, who turns violent in a moment, and who doesn't seem all that bothered by the abuses his sons may have suffered. Blake Eckard's films are bleak, to be sure. They take place in a dusty, stifling Midwest where desolation can wipe away the beauty of the landscape. You see the effluent, but not the factory; the rusted silo, but not the crops; the damaged families but not the community. Everything's been hollowed out and left to choke on the dust. But Eckard's works are also incredibly controlled, deft, and well acted micro-budget expressions of true independent cinema. GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE co-stars American film legend Jon Jost (who also serves as Cinematographer), Ryan Harper Gray, Arianne Margot, and Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Screening with Jon Jost's Chicago-made film CITY (1964, 15 min., 16mm on video).

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  • GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE

    with CITY by Jon Jost!
    (2013, 83 min., video)
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    Lonnie is headed home to Empire Prairie to be with his brother and his ailing father. He may have worked on the rodeo. He may have killed. He may have broken both his legs. You can't be sure about much with Lonnie, except that he is cruel and hot-tempered. You can also be pretty sure that he learned this behavior from his father, who turns violent in a moment, and who doesn't seem all that bothered by the abuses his sons may have suffered. Blake Eckard's films are bleak, to be sure. They take place in a dusty, stifling Midwest where desolation can wipe away the beauty of the landscape. You see the effluent, but not the factory; the rusted silo, but not the crops; the damaged families but not the community. Everything's been hollowed out and left to choke on the dust. But Eckard's works are also incredibly controlled, deft, and well acted micro-budget expressions of true independent cinema. GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE co-stars American film legend Jon Jost (who also serves as Cinematographer), Ryan Harper Gray, Arianne Margot, and Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Screening with Jon Jost's Chicago-made film CITY (1964, 15 min., 16mm on video).

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  • I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS

    Co-Presented with Chicago Cinema Society!
    (2014, 84 min., video)
    Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

    International Europop star Bené is holed up at a secret Los Angeles location, in hiding after a fatwa has been taken out on him via the dreaded FatwaList.com website. Bené spends his time in all kinds of strange ways, making uproarious contemplations, getting into gut-bustingly bizarre circular arguments, writing songs, dealing with nosy neighbors, whipping up disguises in order to go outside and — oh yeah — fighting off the odd militarily trained super-soldier! Too unique, too weird, too unconventionally hilarious and simply too amazing to ever be produced with anything other than the microbudget it was made on, I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS is exactly the sort of film that illustrates why underground outsider cinema remains essential in 2014. Show us a work with more oddball personality this year, we challenge you. Shot on a budget of just $12,000 on 24P mini DV beginning in 2007 and emerging from post-production only this year, it’s driven by a very strange style of straight-faced absurdist humour, sort of reminiscent of TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB!, if any comparison has to be drawn. However, this is something that exists entirely on an island of its own, the toothpicks-and-bubblegum, no-budget aesthetics further enhancing the film’s gonzo charm. In fact, they’re a key part of its comedic tapestry. -Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival

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  • I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS

    Co-Presented with Chicago Cinema Society!
    (2014, 84 min., video)
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    International Europop star Bené is holed up at a secret Los Angeles location, in hiding after a fatwa has been taken out on him via the dreaded FatwaList.com website. Bené spends his time in all kinds of strange ways, making uproarious contemplations, getting into gut-bustingly bizarre circular arguments, writing songs, dealing with nosy neighbors, whipping up disguises in order to go outside and — oh yeah — fighting off the odd militarily trained super-soldier! Too unique, too weird, too unconventionally hilarious and simply too amazing to ever be produced with anything other than the microbudget it was made on, I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS is exactly the sort of film that illustrates why underground outsider cinema remains essential in 2014. Show us a work with more oddball personality this year, we challenge you. Shot on a budget of just $12,000 on 24P mini DV beginning in 2007 and emerging from post-production only this year, it’s driven by a very strange style of straight-faced absurdist humour, sort of reminiscent of TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB!, if any comparison has to be drawn. However, this is something that exists entirely on an island of its own, the toothpicks-and-bubblegum, no-budget aesthetics further enhancing the film’s gonzo charm. In fact, they’re a key part of its comedic tapestry. -Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival

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