Tuesday, April 23, 2013



Festival and series
Not available on home video, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle (May 3-15) will be presented in 35mm prints. The avant-garde sculptor/filmmaker’s colorful, highly symbolic, metaphor-laden films have attracted legions of fans, from students to seasoned connoisseurs and critics of high art. The films also have their detractors, including a number of film critics equally passionate in their skepticism. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/cremastercycle
Filmmakers in person! Asian American Showcase (May 17-30) is filled with Chicago premieres of entertaining dramas, comedies, and documentaries with filmmakers in person who provide insights into the experience which is uniquely Asian American. Highlights include opening night film, coming-of-age drama White Frog by Quentin Lee (Shopping for Fangs); the exploration of “yellow fever,” about the Caucasian fetish for Asian lovers in Seeking Asian Female; director Jason DaSilva’s personal journey with multiple sclerosis in When I Walk; Mr. Cao Goes To Washington, a profile of the former New Orleans Vietnamese-American congressman; and the Chungking Express- and After Hours-inspired dark comedy Sunset Stories. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/aashowcase2013

Final screening of the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (through May 6), presented in cooperation with the Gene Siskel Film Center, showcasing the work of committed and courageous filmmakers through stories of activists and survivors from all over the world. On May 6, producer Lise Lense-Møller appears in person with My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone, in which Danish director Nagieb Khaja distributes mobile phones with cameras to residents to make accounts of their daily lives, from a widowed father struggling to raise his kids to a young man obsessed with his hair. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/humanrightswatchff2013

Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties (through May 7), presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center in cooperation with SAIC’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism concludes. A series of 14 programs with weekly Tuesday lecture/discussions by Mary Patten, visual artist, videomaker, writer, political activist, and Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation brings together key films and experimental videos that emerged from the revolutionary movement of the “long 1960s” (1955-75). The final film is Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames, a landmark of No Wave, feminist cinema, and politicized science fiction. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/revolutionintheair

First Chicago run! Ken Loach’s The Angel’s Share (April 26-May 9) is an upbeat comedy which centers on Robbie, a young Glasgow delinquent who has a rare gift for identifying whiskies which leads to him and his buddies donning kilts, posing as a whisky-tasting club, and heading for the highlands to heist a batch of ultra-valuable single malt. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/angels-share-apr2013
Chicago premiere! Amy Seimetz’s first feature Sun Don’t Shine (May 3-9) is a compelling Southern neo-noir steeped in the torpor of her native Florida in which a crazed couple is on the run—but what they fear the most is stowed away in the trunk of their car. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/sundontshine

Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee The Gatekeepers (May 10-16) provides a unique and startling perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which all six living former heads of Israeli secret service Shin Bet speak publicly for the first time about their experiences, providing a look at counterterrorist operations and a critique of Israeli policies. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/gatekeepers

Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love (May 10-16) concerns call girl Akiko, sent to an elderly client whose main interest is to make conversation, a request that is beyond her abilities and further complicated when she, the old man, and her jealous boyfriend become enmeshed in an emotional triangle. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/likesomeoneinlove

First Chicago run! Not for the squeamish, highly unconventional documentary Leviathan (May 17-23) feels more like a horror film, David Lynch, Gaspar Noé, Moby Dick, and The Birds. Using an array of tiny waterproof cameras, the viewer is taken aboard a fishing vessel and hurled into a disorienting, hallucinatory, often startlingly beautiful vortex of clanking machinery, roaring wind, roiling waves, back-breaking labor, screeching gulls, and slithering viscera. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/leviathan

Chicago premiere! One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (May 24-30) is an intimate profile of the former Blue Öyster Cult front man who, in his own voice, talks about his transformation into a Grammy-winning singer of Indian devotional music through a trip to its origins in India where he discovered a talent for the ancient chants known as kirtan. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/onetrackheart

First Chicago run! Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux (May 24-30) is a highly unconventional narrative in a landscape haunted by a startling personification of evil. While the title means “light after darkness,” it’s the moral gray areas which dominate as protagonist Juan’s world unfurls threat in every human impulse and every manifestation of nature. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/post-tenebras-lux

Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay star in Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet (May 24-30). Hoffman’s first film at age 75 is a heartfelt tribute to art, aging, and actors whom live in a retirement home with still active musicians including singer-diva Jean Horton (Smith). Unless Horton can be convinced to participate in a benefit concert involving her ex-husband (Courtenay), the home will be shut down. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/quartet

Limited Engagements
Chicago premiere! Persistence of Vision (May 3, 4, 5) is a documentary about an animation never completed by the London-based Richard Williams. Sequences created in the mid-1960s that survive combine psychedelia, Arabian Nights exotica, and classic silent comedy, conveying the madness and magnificence of Williams’ ill-fated masterpiece. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/persistenceofvision
Free admission! School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Undergraduate and Graduate Film, Video, Animation, and Sound Festival (May 8, 9, 10): encounter the next generation of film, video, and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative, and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces. Program details and schedules will be available at the box office. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/artinstitute

Filmmakers in person! Waterwalk (May 11, 12) is based on the acclaimed memoir by Steve Faulkner, a workaholic small-town news editor with little time for his troubled teenage son Justin. When Steve loses his job—a blessing in disguise—father and son undertake an epic canoe trip retracing the route of Marquette and Joliet from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to St. Louis. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/waterwalk
Chicago premiere of The Unspeakable Act (May 17, 18, 21, 23), considered to be writer-director Dan Sallitt’s breakthrough film, in which 17-year-old Jackie enjoys a dangerously close relationship with her older brother until his departure for college leaves her in limbo between arrested development and risky maturity. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/unspeakableact
Chicago premiere of Sam Neave’s tour-de-force Almost in Love (May 18, 20, 22), a story divided into two 40-minute single takes involving the erratic love life of thirty-something Sasha (Alex Karpovsky), his lingering feelings for his ex Mia (Marjan Neshat), his rivalry with his best friend, and a wedding that leaves much unresolved. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/almostinlove

Filmmakers in person! Kartemquin Spring Showcase (May 19) features exclusive premieres of four upcoming projects from the documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films: Judith Helfand’s Cooked; Xan Aranda’s Mormon Movie; Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare’s The Homestretch; and Usama Alshaibi’s American Arab. All five directors will be present for audience discussion. A reception for ticket-holders follows. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kartemquin-spring2013
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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com
, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.
Please note the following:
Lecture series discount: Gene Siskel Film Center members pay discounted admission of $4 to any screening in the series Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties.
Cremaster discount: buy a ticket at our regular prices to a Cremaster show, and get a ticket for any of the other Cremaster shows at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second and third shows only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)
Admission is free to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Undergraduate and Graduate Film, Video, Animation, and Sound Festival but tickets are required and may be obtained only through the Film Center box office during regular box-office hours, 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.
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Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office. 
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org
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