Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Palestine Film Festival present the World’s Longest-Running Palestinian Film Festival September 25 - October 16, 2020

 



 

Gene Siskel Film Center and Chicago Palestine Film Festival present
the 19th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival;
The World’s Longest-Running Palestinian Film Festival returns
with a Hybrid of Virtual and Drive-in screenings
September 25 - October 16

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From September 25 through October 16, the Gene Siskel Film Center partners with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival to present this postponed (from April) and newly formatted nineteenth annual festival representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life.  Three drive-in screenings playing on selected dates at Chi-Town Movies in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood alternate with five  films available virtually on the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/CPFF2020.  This festival is dedicated to exhibiting film and video work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists.  

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF), the longest-running Palestinian film festival in the world, is now in its 19th consecutive season, continuing its mission to reflect Palestine and Palestinian culture through the vision of its artists. Because of the pandemic, this year’s festival cannot be hosted at its regular home, the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street. Instead, CPFF was creative and, in partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center, found two alternatives to show this year’s line-up: a drive-in movie theater and online showings. 

 

This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, September 25th with GAZA, co-directed by Irish filmmakers Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell. The feature film, which examines the dreams and realities of life in the world's largest open-air prison, was also Ireland's entry for the Oscars' Best International Feature Film, and a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee. It will be shown at Chi-Town Futbol in Pilsen, marking the first time in CPFF’s history that a movie is being aired at a drive-in.

 

Chicago has a large and vibrant Palestinian community, and is a natural home for this festival. CPFF welcomes people of all backgrounds and identities to experience Palestinian stories, connecting Palestinian and Arab communities of the Midwest with each other and with the broader community.

 

“CPFF is a great opportunity to experience Palestinian life and culture through these amazing films. We have some great films and documentaries, including many short films, and we are excited about this year’s line-up of films. I have attended almost every festival since it started in 2001. The pandemic was a surprise and caught everyone off guard, but our team of all-volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure the festival happened, and that we retained the title as the longest-running Palestinian film festival in the world”, said Executive Director Khaled J. Elkhatib. 

 

Ticket prices for the festival films are as follows:
Drive-in tickets = $40, with an early-bird special ticket offer of $28 (30% off) with promo code “CPFF.”

Virtual film tickets = $3 per virtual screening
All-access virtual pass = $10.00

 

This year's festival is made possible in part through the support of the Crossroads Fund and the hard work of many volunteers.  



Below is the complete list of films showing at the 2020 Chicago Palestine Film Festival. Just let me know if you need hi res images or screeners. We’re also happy to connect you with a member of the CPFF team to discuss any of these films. 

 

These three films will all take place at ChiTown Movies 2343 S. Throop St., Chicago, IL 60608:



GAZA

Friday, September 25, 9:30 pm 

Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF )

2019, Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell, Ireland/Palestine, 89 min.

The images speak for themselves hauntingly, as Irish filmmakers Keane and McConnell create an entrancingly lyrical and life-affirming portrait of Gaza and its people, even as Israeli shells continue to fall in the streets where children play.  Facing the Mediterranean and only 25-miles long and 7-miles wide, this much fought-over strip of ancient land bristles with tenacious life, observed in its moments of joy and playfulness as well as peril.  A critical sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, and Ireland’s submission for Oscar consideration, GAZA acutely observes the people with a sensitivity to their struggle that transcends any overt political statement.  A boy sleeps on the beach and aspires to own a boat; a teenage cellist plays her heart out; mothers, fathers and children are seen living each day reaching for the right to dream of a future.  Preceded by MARADONA’S LEGS (2019, Firas Khoury, Germany Palestine, 23 min).  In Arabic with English subtitles.  


ADVOCATE

2019, Philippe Bellaiche and Rachel Leah Jones, Israel, Canada/Switzerland, 108 min.

Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm

Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF 

Israeli lawyer Lea Tremel faces the most difficult and case in a long career dedicated to representing Palestinians accused of crimes including terrorism, in this gripping documentary that was short-listed for a 2020 Oscar nomination.  The former student activist and human rights champion has been called a traitor, a devil’s advocate and more by fellow Israelis. She is never more controversial than when she steps up to defend a 13-year-old boy charged with attempted murder after he ran through the streets waving an ornamental knife while his 15-year-old cousin (subsequently shot to death by police) carried out a non-fatal stabbing.  “I always see the person behind the case,” states Tremel, as the filmmakers take a fly-on-the-wall approach to following the high-profile progress of her defense, even though her odds of victory are near zero.  Preceded by SELFIE ZEIN (2019, Amira Diab,Palestine, 11 min.  In Hebrew, Arabic, and English with English subtitles. )  


BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

2019, Najwa Najjar, Palestine/Iceland/Luxembourg, 92 min.

With Mouna Hawa, Firas Nasser

Thursday, October 8, 5:30 pm

Location: ChiTown Movies 2343 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Price: $28 (early bird special 30% off. Use code: CPFF)

An urgent road trip in a vintage Mercedes includes psychic detours through the checkered pasts of an attractive middle-class Palestinian couple seeking a quick divorce after five years of marriage.  A seeming bureaucratic error leaves Salma (Hawa) and Tamer (Nasser) without an essential document verifying his paternity, sending them on a trek from the West Bank to the Golan Heights in search of a mysterious associate of his dead father.  Director Najjar (EYES OF A THIEF, the 2015 Palestinian Oscar entry) weaves together the intimately connected dilemma of two people still ambivalent about their permanent parting with the wider political aspects that confront them at every turn.  Salma is the daughter of a Palestinian activist, while Tamer is the son of a writer assassinated in Beirut.  Discoveries involving the lives and politics of their parents take on new meaning as the two are forced to see each other in a new light.  Preceded by NIGHTMARE OF GAZA (2019, Farah Nabulsi, UK/UAE, 13 min.  In Arabic, English, Hebrew, and French with English subtitles.  



These five films will stream via the Film Center’s website starting at the date/time shown, with 24-hour screening access:


GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM

2019, Abby Martin, USA, 74 min.

Tuesday September 29: 24-hour screening access begins at 8:00 pm (CST)

Price: $3.00

Journalist/filmmaker Martin (THE EMPIRE FILES) begins this searing documentary with a recap of the historical and political factors that have brought the Gaza Strip to utter devastation in its present state of siege, with a trapped population plagued by poverty, food shortages, and ongoing rocket bombardment.  “It looks like we are alive, but we are not,” states an unemployed man who lives with his wife and sixteen children in two rooms with access to electricity only four hours a day.  The centerpiece of this film is you-are-there coverage of the Great March of Return in May, 2018, when thousands of frustrated Gaza citizens march peacefully to the razor-wire barricades, only to be randomly picked off by Israeli snipers. Among the hundreds wounded and the 59 dead is paramedic Razan al-Najjar, shot while trying to aid a casualty.  Preceded by AMBIENCE (2019, Wisam Al Jafari, Palestine, 15 min.  In English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles.  



THE JOURNEY OF THE OTHERS

(EL VIAJE DE LOS OTROS)

2019, Jaime Villarreal, Chile/Jordan/Palestine, 74 min.

Thursday, October 4: 24-hour screening access begins at 8:00 pm (CST)

Price: $3.00

The cast and crew of Jenin’s Freedom Theater prepares for a risky trip to New York to stage their banned play The Siege, a harrowing drama of six freedom fighters holed up in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.  The planned U.S. tour dwindles to a premiere at NYU after other venues back out, and their stage manager is deported in chains upon arrival.  The filmmaker parallels these events with a little boy’s symbolic journey to a place safe from violence through the camp’s theater and arts program for children.   Preceded by 3 MINUTES (2019, Dima Sharif, UK/Palestine, 4 min.), and THE PIPE (2019, Sami Zarour, Palestine, 10 min.).  In English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles.  



THE GOLDEN HARVEST

2019, Alia Yunis, Jordan/UAE, min.

Sunday, October 11: 24-hour screening access begins at 8:00 pm (CST)

Price: $3.00

Chicago-born filmmaker Yunis says, “My dad was born in Palestine, and so was olive oil.”  Her film journey through the nationally and ethnically diverse olive oil-making world has its heart in Palestine.  On the way, Yunis makes an engaging circuit of the Mediterranean, through Italy, Greece, and Spain, exploring the relationship that humankind has cultivated over more than 6,000 years, with the tree that produces the prized golden elixir.  Cultural and culinary lore give way to new stories and different meanings in Israel and Palestine, as the filmmaker visits her deceased father’s family for the first time, and experiences the olive tree at the center of a passionate political struggle, the material symbol of an ages-old source of power and a ravaged treasure.  

Preceded by MADE IN PALESTINE (2019, Mariam Dwedar, USA, 8 min.)  In English, Spanish, Greek, Italian, and Arabic with English subtitles.  



IMPRISONING A GENERATION

2019, Zelda Edmunds, USA, 50 min.

Wednesday, October 14: 24-hour screening access begins at 8:00 pm (CST)

Price: $3.00

The plight of four Palestinian children charged with crimes and imprisoned by the Israeli military illustrates a series of injustices and inequities, including displacement, the deliberate targeting of children, and routine violence perpetrated against Palestinian youth by both settlers and soldiers.  Director Edmunds focuses on the stories of four young teens whose “crimes” ranged from playing in a forbidden area to allegedly throwing stones.  Thirteen-year-old Motaz was arrested in the middle of the night, when more than 50 armed and masked soldiers invaded his family’s home to lead him away handcuffed and blindfolded.  Fifteen-year-old Nooran went to jail for punching the checkpoint guard who attempted to tear off her top after demanding a strip-search.  Twelve-year-old Shadi was imprisoned, tortured, and charged with attempted murder despite a security camera revealing neither a weapon nor a victim.  Preceded by JALAS (2019, Olga Arias, Spain, 30 min.)  In English and Arabic with English subtitles.  (BS)



BROOKLYN INSHALLAH

2019, Ahmed Mansour, USA. 83 min.

Friday, October 16: 24-hour screening access begins at 8:00 pm (CST)

Price: $3.00

In the culturally diverse neighborhood of New York’s Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Palestinian immigrant Khadar El-Yateem, a Lutheran pastor, mounts a political campaign aimed at becoming the first Arab American elected to the New York City council.  Director Mansour follows the charismatic, passionately committed candidate through contentious weeks of energetic grassroots contact with voters and potential voters.  Enjoying the community-wide support of Christians and Muslims alike, he faces the challenge that out of an estimated 40,000 Arab Americans in his district, only 400 are registered to vote, many kept away by the language barrier, or fear and intimidation in the post-911 climate.  This inspiring but bittersweet saga becomes a rousing fight for change, with El-Yateem aided in strategies by the dynamic Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour.   Preceded by IN VITRO (2019, Søren Lind and Larissa Sansour, Denmark/UK/Palestine, 28 min.)  In English and Arabic with English subtitles. (BS)


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About the Chicago Palestine Film Festival

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, nonsectarian project based in Chicago that exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine. CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the filmmakers.


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.

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER >> Starting Friday: MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE, THE DISRUPTED, THE ARTIST'S WIFE, and A CHEF'S VOYAGE!

 




GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER’s FILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA 

NEW FILMS OPENING THIS WEEK: 

THE ARTIST’S WIFE starring Lena Olin and Bruce Dern; 

A CHEF’S VOYAGE, featuring 3 Star Michelin Chef David Kinch; 

MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE; and THE DISRUPTED, 

a documentary about individuals who have had to reshape their lives in the wake of economic downturn and job loss.


UPCOMING STREAMING FILMS INCLUDE: STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-ke (ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE), long out of U.S. distribution


FILMS OF BLACK INTEREST: 

MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE; MR. SOUL!; JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE




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



OPENING THIS WEEK in Film Center from Your Sofa:

The following film is available to be streamed starting Friday, September 25: 


Just added! MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE

2020, Alan Govenar, USA, 86 min.

This in-depth documentary explores the extraordinary and sometimes difficult lives of Blacks in Paris from the 19th century to the present.  For more than a century, African American artists, authors, musicians and others have traveled to Paris to liberate themselves from the racism of the United States.  What made these African Americans choose France?  Why were the French fascinated by African Americans?  And to what extent was and is France truly colorblind?  The film explores the lives and careers of renowned African Americans who emigrated to Paris, including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Beauford Delaney, Augusta Savage, Barbara Chase-Riboud, and Lois Mailou Jones, and includes rare home movie footage of Henry Ossawa Tanner in Paris.  


Just added! THE DISRUPTED

2020, Sarah Colt and Josh Gleason, USA, 91 min.

What do a farmer in Kansas, a laid-off factory worker in Ohio, and an Uber driver in Florida have in common?  All three are resourceful, positive thinkers who strive to adapt and thrive despite dehumanizing forces at play in the American economy.  As the film’s heroes face these roadblocks with courage, certain ideals remain sacred: family, love, and staying strong in the face of adversity.  Lush cinematography galvanizes a sense of place, and, as the narrative unfolds, the intimacy with the characters results in an emotionally rich observational drama.  Ultimately, THE DISRUPTED reveals a collective American experience of financial challenge, family resilience, and the quest for the purpose and dignity of work.  [CC]  


A CHEF’S VOYAGE 

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.


THE ARTIST’S WIFE 

2019, TOM DOLBY, USA, 94 MIN.

WITH LENA OLIN, BRUCE DERN

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



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. 



STILL LIFE

(SAN XIA HAO LAN ZHOU)

2006, Jia Zhang-ke, China/Hong Kong, 108 min.

With Zhao Tao, Lan Zhou

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and long out of U.S. distribution, STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-ke (ASH IS PUREST WHITE), is a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction, an empathetic portrait of those left behind by a modernizing society.  Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges dam.  Fengjie’s old town, which has a 2000-year history, has been torn down and submerged forever.  Life-changing choices face Sanming, a miner traveling to Fengjie in search of his ex-wife of sixteen years, and Shen Hong, a nurse who has come to Fengjie to look for her husband who she hasn’t seen in two years.  Both will have to decide what is worth salvaging in their lives and what they need to let go.  In Mandarin with English subtitles. 


ENDING SOON:

The following films will conclude their run at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Thursday, September 24:


HOUSE OF CARDIN 

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. 


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.


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.


MIKVA! DEMOCRACY IS A VERB (opened 9/11)

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.


 

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: 


BLACKBIRD

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. 


SAUL & RUBY'S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND

2020, TOD LENDING, USA, 81 MIN.
This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry.

 

GOD OF THE PIANO
2019, ITAY TAL, ISRAEL, 80 MIN.
WITH NAAMA PREIS, ANDY LEVI
Anat (Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the boy grows up indifferent to his destiny as a great pianist, Anat will have to stand up to her father - and her own actions.


MR. SOUL! 

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. 


DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION 

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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CONVICTION

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. 


OUR TIME MACHINE 

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. 


SEASONS OF CHANGE ON HENRY’S FARM 

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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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.

 

TIME100 - The 100 Most Influential People in the World; Entertainment Names

 

Here are the Entertainment names that made the list this year as well as some of the notable writers in this year's issue.

 

Entertainment names include: Selena Gomez, Halsey, Michael B. Jordan, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson, Gabrielle Union, The Weeknd, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ali Wong, Tyler Perry, Billy Porter, Michaela Coel, JoJo Siwa, Greg Berlanti, Bong Joon-ho, J Balvin, and Ayushmann Khurrana. Here are some of the notable Entertainment pairings and highlights from this year's TIME100:

 

America Ferrera on Selena Gomez: https://bit.ly/33P9Trb

BTS on Halsey: https://bit.ly/3iWWLqf

Denzel Washington on Michael B. Jordan: https://bit.ly/3mN49qu

Taraji P. Henson on Megan Thee Stallion: https://bit.ly/2ROqdmm

Mary J. Blige on Jennifer Hudson: https://bit.ly/2FWrkOm

Tarana Burke on Gabrielle Union: https://bit.ly/300Pdve

Elton John on The Weeknd: https://bit.ly/2FWrmFY

Taylor Swift on Phoebe Waller-Bridge: https://bit.ly/2FYyYaX

Chrissy Teigen on Ali Wong: https://bit.ly/3cyZRPb

Oprah Winfrey on Tyler Perry: https://bit.ly/2HsASl7

Cyndi Lauper on Billy Porter: https://bit.ly/32RiJFJ

Lena Waithe on Michaela Coel: https://bit.ly/2ZX24hV

Kim Kardashian West on JoJo Siwa: https://bit.ly/33UfBYK

Jennifer Garner on Greg Berlanti: https://bit.ly/3cmEFvv

Tilda Swinton on Bong Joon Ho: https://bit.ly/2RQi4Ou

Camila Cabello on J Balvin: https://bit.ly/35YmqeE

Deepika Padukone on Ayushmann Khurrana: https://bit.ly/3kAvUAI

 

TIME and ABC are revealing the TIME100 list with a first-ever primetime hour-long television special event airing now on ABC. The TIME100 broadcast special will feature marquee musical performances of The Weeknd, Jennifer Hudson and Halsey, exclusive interviews and in-depth profiles, honorary tributes from members of this year's list, surprise appearances from previous honorees, and much more. Details on assets from the broadcast special can be found below.

 

MORE ON TIME.COM 

-See the entire TIME100 list here: www.time.com/100 

-See all eight covers here: https://bit.ly/3hUIsRN

- Download the covers: https://bit.ly/2RWnWFL

-Read TIME CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal’s letter to readers about the TIME100: https://bit.ly/32Va7Oi