Friday, May 24, 2013


Millenium Park Adds Summer Film Series to its Free Offerings;
New State-of-the-Art Screen Added to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announce that a brand new film series will be added to the free offerings this summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, officially kicking off on Tuesday, June 18 with a brief tribute to Roger Ebert, honoring Chicago’s Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, and screening the musical “Chicago”.
“Millennium Park is one of Chicago's premier attractions for cultural tourism, drawing residents from all over the City to visitors from the world over,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The new and innovative video screen adds another exciting feature to deliver even more free entertainment at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and kicking off the film series with a tribute to Roger Ebert will remind us of how he championed Chicago as a center for filmmaking and critiques.”
The series continues every Tuesday evening through August 20 and will highlight musicals including “Dream Girls” and “Moulin Rouge”. The series’ films will be presented on the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion’s state-of-the-art sound system.
Earlier in June, there will be two pre-screenings: a Chicago Blues Festival related film, “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981” on June 4 and a Chicago Bike Week related film, “The Triplets of Belleville” on June 11. 
The screen was acquired by Millennium Park, Inc. to serve as a permanent enhancement to the Pritzker Pavilion. It measure 40 feet long and 22.5 feet high with an LED system and technology that is similar to that of a giant-screen television. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the lawn seating area. Both live and recorded presentations can be seen either day or night. All film screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. (The June 11 presentation of “The Triplets of Belleville” is shown in association with Chicago Bike Week and will begin at dusk.)
“The Board of Millennium Park, Inc. was very impressed with last June’s free live simulcast of the Paris Opera Ballet at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion seen by 14,000 people on a state-of-the-art LED screen,” said Donna La Pietra, Chairman of Millennium Park, Inc. “We decided to purchase an even larger screen to not only start a film series but to have the potential of enhancing many of the live performances at the Pavilion and to provide the option of more live simulcasts.”
The Disney animated film, “The Jungle Book” will screen on Tuesday, July 23 in coordination with The Goodman Theatre’s live theatrical presentation, June 21-August 4. Tony Award® winner Mary Zimmerman directs this adaptation with a score of the movie’s best-loved songs and original Indian-inspired music and dance.
The Millennium Park Film Series is free admission. Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served.
(Lawn seating may reach capacity.)
The 2013 Millennium Park Film Series:
June 4                  Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones-Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981
Blues guitarist Buddy Guy owned the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood when the Rolling Stones stopped by for a chance to play with Muddy Waters who coaxes them to the stage, one by one. 1981 (97 min.)
June 11                The Triplets of Belleville
This animated comedy tells the story of a grandmother’s journey to rescue her grandson who was kidnapped while competing in the Tour de France. 2003 (78 min.)
June 18                Chicago
                              Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah
Jazz Age Chicago is the setting for this film adapted from the long-running stage musical about two murderesses who find themselves on death row together, fighting for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. 2002 (113 min.)
June 25                Funny Face
                              Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thompson
With a score from Gershwin, Stanley Donen directing and Paris as a backdrop, this film centers on a photographer who discovers his latest model as shop girl in a Greenwich Village bookstore. 1957 (103 min.)
July 2                    Yankee Doodle Dandy
                              James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston
In his Oscar® winning role, Cagney becomes legendary song and dance man George M. Cohan, who reigned on Broadway throughout the first half of the 20th Century. The soundtrack is filled with the showman’s great songs including the title tune. 1942 (126 min.)
July 9                    Amadeus
                              F. Murray Abraham, Thomas Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham, who stars as the brilliant Antonio Salieri, whose envy of the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart drove him to madness. 1984 (160 min.)
July 16 Moulin Rouge
                              Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
A young English writer comes to Paris to take part in the Bohemian revolution which leads him to the famous Moulin Rouge where he falls in love with a beautiful courtesan, a woman also coveted by the club’s patron known as The Duke. Director/writer Baz Luhrman has scored the film set in 1899 with many contemporary 20th century songs including “Material Girl” and “Your Song”.               2001 (127 min.)
July 23 The Jungle Book
                              Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman
The Disney animated feature, based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, tells the story of a Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The wolves seek to protect him by sending him to a human tribe and on his way he meets many helpful and colorful animal characters. 1967 (78 min.)
July 30 Buena Vista Social Club
A group of legendary Cuban musicians, some in their nineties, were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. In this documentary, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana and watch as many of these musicians resurrected their careers.
                              1999 (105 min.)
August 6              Singin’ in the Rain
                              Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Fortunes changed for silent actors with the advent of talkies in 1920s Hollywood. While Kelly’s Don Lockwood makes an easy transition, it’s a different story for his co-star whose dialogue must be dubbed by Reynold’s character, an aspiring young actress. The film is the number one movie musical of all time as chosen by the American Film Institute. 1952 (103 min.)
August 13           Cabaret
                              Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey
Minnelli and Grey both took home Oscars as did Director Bob Fosse, just three of the eight Oscars won by this Kander and Ebb musical. It focuses on the decadent Kit Kat Club in a 1930s pre-Hitler Berlin and its nightclub singer, the carefree Sally Bowles. 1972 (124 min.)
August 20           Dream Girls
                              Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy
The Dreamettes are seeking fame and fortune and a Cadillac salesman seizes the opportunity to make them stars but not before he replaces the big booming voice of Effie with the slimmer Deena. The two singers take very different paths as Effie ends up on welfare and Deena becomes a star. Hudson won an Oscar for her first film, starring as Effie. 2006 (130 min.)
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.
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