Screenings


Venues and Admissions

Please see listings for screening location information and admission prices.

Programming: Beckie Stocchetti

 

 

Upcoming Screenings

 

  • Programmed + Introduced By Tim Kinsella!
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: Chicago Filmmakers

    I’ve never been much of an Abstract Expressionist. Structural constraints move me, the way the sustained compression provokes explosive release. It’s just so much like life! COMING APART was one of the first films that ever made me feel like the characters were being choked by the film’s frame. It’s funny, but only in the saddest ways. And it’s harrowing. I feel embarrassed for everyone involved, but also profound empathy. I might not know of a more perfect tautology than director Milton Moses Ginsberg’s narrative design given life here: the camera = the story = the theme. It creeps along. Its apparent flourishes reveal themselves to be formal necessities. As a viewer you are offered nothing except the direct experience of your voyeurism. (1969, 110 min, video)

    ON THE SERIES:
    ELEPHANT MAN VARIATIONS: on BACHELORHOOD by Tim Kinsella
    Loneliness takes form in infinite variations and contexts. The circumstances of your life might make you feel like you must be a freak, but far as you can tell, you don’t think you feel like a freak. But how else to account for how strange you think everyone else is, all The Normals? And how strange they all look at you? Feeling judged all the time. Being alone and living alone are acquired skills. This series will present classic films that investigate various extremes men reach struggling to connect with others, their own spirit, and their sense of self. (This series will continue throughout 2015 and 2016).

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  • ELEPHANT MAN VARIATIONS: on BACHELORHOOD
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:30pm
    Location: Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    I’ve never been much of an Abstract Expressionist. Structural constraints move me, the way the sustained compression provokes explosive release. It’s just so much like life! COMING APART was one of the first films that ever made me feel like the characters were being choked by the film’s frame. It’s funny, but only in the saddest ways. And it’s harrowing. I feel embarrassed for everyone involved, but also profound empathy. I might not know of a more perfect tautology than director Milton Moses Ginsberg’s narrative design given life here: the camera = the story = the theme. It creeps along. Its apparent flourishes reveal themselves to be formal necessities. As a viewer you are offered nothing except the direct experience of your voyeurism. (1969, 110 min, video)

    ON THE SERIES:
    ELEPHANT MAN VARIATIONS: on BACHELORHOOD by Tim Kinsella
    Loneliness takes form in infinite variations and contexts. The circumstances of your life might make you feel like you must be a freak, but far as you can tell, you don’t think you feel like a freak. But how else to account for how strange you think everyone else is, all The Normals? And how strange they all look at you? Feeling judged all the time. Being alone and living alone are acquired skills. This series will present classic films that investigate various extremes men reach struggling to connect with others, their own spirit, and their sense of self. (This series will continue throughout 2015 and 2016).

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  • Co-Presented With Danielle E. Campbell
    Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: Chicago Filmmakers

    Chicago-based artists Molly Hewitt and Kaycee Conaway employ video and performance to re-create and re-enact their own worlds of gender bending alter-egos; characters that exist in a low-budget, green-screened imitation of a landscape that’s been recorded, buried, dug up again. Or maybe it came through a motel TV on a single digit channel at 2 AM. This program features two new shorts made by Conaway and Hewitt, as well as a survey of their work over the last two years. (2012-2015, approx. 60 min., video)

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  • Co-Presented With Danielle E. Campbell
    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:30pm
    Location: Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    Chicago-based artists Molly Hewitt and Kaycee Conaway employ video and performance to re-create and re-enact their own worlds of gender bending alter-egos; characters that exist in a low-budget, green-screened imitation of a landscape that’s been recorded, buried, dug up again. Or maybe it came through a motel TV on a single digit channel at 2 AM. This program features two new shorts made by Conaway and Hewitt, as well as a survey of their work over the last two years. (2012-2015, approx. 60 min., video)

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  • Dyke Delicious Series!
    7:00pm Social Hour, 8:00 Screening
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Location: Chicago Filmmakers

    May is the month for our popular shorts program with films and videos by and about lesbians! We promise to bring you a collection of thought-provoking and rib tickling stories for your entertainment. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; and Co-Sponsored by Black Cat Productions. Chicago Premiere! Series curated by Sharon Zurek.

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  • Dyke Delicious Series!
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6:30pm
    Location: Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    May is the month for our popular shorts program with films and videos by and about lesbians! We promise to bring you a collection of thought-provoking and rib tickling stories for your entertainment. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; and Co-Sponsored by Black Cat Productions. Chicago Premiere! Series curated by Sharon Zurek.

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  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: Chicago Filmmakers

    This is your time to shine! Bring your work - insane comedies, touching dramas, high-energy music videos, odd animation, hot topic documentaries, neighborhood portraits, and any mind-expanding experimental visions. Maximum length per person is 20 minutes, and we will screen at least one work from everyone who brings something up to that time length. Accepted formats: DVD only. Nothing X-rated—sorry! Enjoy with friends and community! FREE Admission
     

  • Co-Presented With Beguiled Cinema
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Location: Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago - 1104 South Wabash Avenue

    Dominique Benicheti’s COUSIN JULES appears to be an understated documentary set over a single day, depicting an elderly farmer and his wife going about mundane tasks in the French countryside. In fact, Benicheti and cinematographer Pierre William Glenn shot the film over five years and employed technology that hadn't been used before in documentary filmmaking—namely CinemaScope and stereophonic sound. It’s not even a documentary in the strict sense of the word; Benicheti, who takes a writing credit, storyboarded every shot before filming. The director was in the process of restoring COUSIN JULES—frame by frame, and by hand—when he died suddenly in 2011. (An expert in stereoscopic technology, he also hoped to convert the film to 3D.) Two years after his death, the restoration was completed by others, and the film got a wide release for the first time. JULES couldn't find a distributor in 1973, despite winning acclaim at various international film festivals; most art house theaters were unequipped to screen the film in its original format, and Benicheti wouldn't let it be shown any other way. Now audiences can finally enjoy JULES as it was meant to be seen. It's a truly meditative filmgoing experience, one in which the pounding of a hammer is as rhythmic and moving as the flick of a pen, the stroke of a brush, or the rolling of a camera. (1972, 91 min., DCP)

    “LE COUSIN JULES...is a totally unique and arresting piece of cinema that eludes all present genre categories, while sharing something of all of them, yet creates a cinematic ambience that virtually eliminates verbal language.” - Lee Atwell, Film Quarterly, 1975

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  • From The Archives Of...
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Location: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave

    Chicago Filmmakers proudly distributes over 600 films on 16mm and 35mm. These aren't those films. These are the leftover film reels from long-shuttered local co-ops and long-forgotten classes. And plenty of random stuff that even we can't figure out. A lovely, goofy evening will be had by all. (90 min. approx., 16mm)

  • Chicago's Own!
    Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: Chicago Filmmakers

    Group 312 Films is a Chicago-based artists' collective of digital video directors who work collaboratively on short films with a mission to learn, inspire and find motivation with each other though the collective environment. Each director creates one short per month inspired by a group elected theme that she or he is free to interpret however they see fit.  This 4th Annual Report continues the tradition of previous years’ programs at Chicago Filmmakers and will present a selection of films that represent the highlights of the past year’s work.  The shorts featured display a breadth of original ideas that offer humorous and elegant perspectives on the eternal quest for creative expression. Group members will be in person to discuss their creative process.  Directors include Kevin B. Chatham, Chris Mann, Richard Syska, Brian Klein, Dave Purdle, Emily Tolan, Steve Wood, Marian Oliver, and more

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