Monday, September 14, 2020

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER >> Opening this week: BLACKBIRD, starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, and Mia Wasikowska + more!

 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER’s FILM CENTER 
FROM YOUR SOFA NEW FILMS OPENING THIS WEEK: 
BLACKBIRD, starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, and Mia Wasikowska

UPCOMING STREAMING FILMS INCLUDE:
THE ARTIST’S WIFE starring Lena Olin and Bruce Dern; and A CHEF’S VOYAGE, featuring 3 Star Michelin Chef David Kinch 

SCREEN TO SCREEN virtual discussion this week for MIKVA! DEMOCRACY IS A VERB
With Bob Hercules, David Axelrod, Jan Schakowsky; moderated by Phil Ponce


CHICAGO--The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) continues Film Center from Your Sofa: Stay Connected and Stream with Us


The following film is available to be streamed starting Friday, September 18: 

2019, ROGER MICHELL, USA/UK, 97 MIN.
WITH SUSAN SARANDON, SAM NEILL, KATE WINSLET, MIA WASIKOWSKA
An all-star cast anchors this nimble drama from director Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL, TEA WITH THE DAMES) and Danish screenwriter Christian Torpe (“Rita”), a remake of the acclaimed Danish film SILENT HEART. Lily (Sarandon) and Paul (Neil) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS on her own terms. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer (Winslet) and Anna (Wasikowska). Joining the collective farewell are Lily’s son in law (Rainn Wilson), her lifelong friend (Lindsay Duncan), daughter’s partner (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and grandson (Anson Boon). Her story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life. 


COMING SOON in Film Center from Your Sofa:
Note that links of new releases will not become active until midnight the day the films open, unless “Pre-sale option” is specified. 


A CHEF’S VOYAGE -- STREAM STARTING 9/25
2020, RÉMI ANFOSSO AND JASON MATZNER, USA, 90 MIN.
A CHEF'S VOYAGE follows the celebrated American Chef David Kinch and his team from Manresa, their 3-Star Michelin restaurant in California, for a one-of-a-kind collaboration with three legendary French chefs at their iconic restaurants in Paris, Provence, and Marseille. This intriguing documentary takes us behind the scenes as the Manresa crew attempts to stage nine major meals over 10 days in the world’s most cinematic venues, alongside culinary superstars, with the world watching (and tasting) - all to celebrate 15 years of Manresa excellence by doing what Chef Kinch and his team do best: creating meals and experiences worthy of those three stars. In English and French with English subtitles. 

THE ARTIST’S WIFE -- STREAM STARTING 9/25
2019, TOM DOLBY, USA, 94 MIN.
WITH LENA OLIN, BRUCE DERN
STREAM STARTING 9/25
Claire (Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself. Pre-sale


CONTINUING in our Film Center From Your Sofa series:
These film titles are still available to be streamed in our Film Center from Your Sofa series: 

2019, P. DAVID EBERSOLE AND TODD HUGHES, USA/FRANCE, 95 MIN.
Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature but few know the man behind the larger-than-life label. Ultimately we seek to answer the question: Who is Pierre Cardin? What is the story behind this legendary icon? HOUSE OF CARDIN is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Cardin. 

2018, MELISSA HAIZLIP, USA, 99 MIN.
Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with SOUL!, America's first “Black Tonight Show.”
Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reignited a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of Black American culture onto the national television stage. 

2019, DARIA PRICE, USA, 84 MIN.
DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud — the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Whatever the truth, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever of Modern American Art. 
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EPICENTRO
2020, HUBERT SAUPER, AUSTRIA/FRANCE. 108 MIN.
From world-renowned filmmaker Hubert Sauper - director of the Oscar®-nominated DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE - comes EPICENTRO, an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, "utopian" Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana, particularly its children, who he calls "young prophets" - to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself. Winner of the World Documentary jury prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

CONVICTION (opened 9/4)
UNE INTIME CONVICTION
2018, ANTOINE RAIMBAULT, FRANCE/BELGIUM, 110 MIN.
WITH MARINA FOÏS, OLIVIER GOURMET
Based on the true story of a notorious French murder case, this thrilling courtroom drama draws an amateur researcher, a short-order cook by trade, and a famous defense attorney into a battle to prove the innocence of an accused wife murderer in the face of the prejudicial court of public opinion. 

2020, BOB HERCULES, USA, 58 MIN.
Abner Mikva was a tireless advocate for democracy and ethical government and believed fervently in the power of young people to effect change. DEMOCRACY IS A VERB chronicles both his remarkable career as a U.S. Congressman, Federal Judge and White House Counsel and his legacy organization, the Mikva Challenge. The film is also a sweeping story of Mikva challenging the Daley machine, the National Rifle Association and the neo-Nazis who invaded Skokie, Illinois in 1978.
SCREEN TO SCREEN: On Wednesday,  Sept. 16 at 7pm CDT, the Film Center will present a panel discussion with director Bob Hercules, political consultant David Axelrod, Congresswoman (and film subject) Jan Schakowsky, and Mikva Challenge student Schyler Travis, moderated by “Chicago Tonight” host Phil Ponce (WTTW).


OUR TIME MACHINE (opened 9/11)
2019, S. LEO CHIANG AND YANG SUN, CHINA/USA, 86 MIN.
Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, Shanghai conceptual artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. 

THE AUGUST VIRGIN (opened 8/21)
(LA VIRGEN DE AGOSTO)
2019, JONÁS TRUEBA, SPAIN, 129 MIN.
Up-and-coming Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba’s new film is a perfect summer movie, an Éric Rohmer-esque love letter to Madrid and affairs of the heart. 

DESERT ONE (opened 8/21)
2019, BARBARA KOPPLE, USA, 107 MIN.
Documentarian Barbara Kopple reveals the story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern history: a secret mission to free hostages of the 1979 Iranian revolution.

2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min. 
Director Ines Sommer (BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD) effectively integrates an absorbing inside look at the nuts-and-bolts of sustainable farming with a lyrical feeling for nature and a stirring portrait of a down-to-earth idealist. 

JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (opened July 17)
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), JOHN LEWIS chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia.
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This week in our virtual discussion series:

  • On Wednesday,  Sept. 16 at 7pm CDT, the Film Center will present a panel discussion for MIKVA! DEMOCRACY IS A VERB with director Bob Hercules, political consultant David Axelrod, Congresswoman (and film subject) Jan Schakowsky, and Mikva Challenge student Schyler Travis, moderated by “Chicago Tonight” host Phil Ponce (WTTW).




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Note the following about Film Center from Your Sofa:
  • All of our streaming films have open-ended end dates, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Films marked “cc” are available in a closed-caption format. 
  • Panorama Latinx” refers to films that are part of our Panorama Latinx initiative, dedicated to year-round Latin American film programming.  
  • The Film Center’s “Screen to Screen filmmaker/cast Q&As are noted beneath each associated film. These virtual discussions with directors and special guests are moderated by respected film critics, filmmakers, and lecturers.
  • These are films the Film Center has screened in the past, would have been screening now, or reflect the venue’s critically acclaimed programming.
  • Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what one would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
  • Please note that viewers will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa; having a Film Center account will not apply.
  • Because the Film Center is connecting audience members to a variety of platforms, member or any other discounts for streaming cannot be offered. For memberships that were active when we closed on March 16, the Film Center will provide a three-month extension.
  • If patrons are experiencing difficulties with streaming links, they should send a message through the Film Center’s Facebook page or to filmcenter@saic.edu.


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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,700 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.

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