Thursday, August 19, 2021

World Premiere Exhibition Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Announces: Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public (Boca Raton, FL.)

About the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Kicking off its eighth decade in 2021, the Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park and the Art School. As one of South Florida’s cultural landmarks, the Museum has provided cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world, since it was founded in 1950. 

Visit bocamuseum.org/visit/virtual-visits to enjoy the Museum’s current online content, including video tours and digital gallery guides. 

 

About Cityneon Holdings

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. 

Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan, together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor, Johnson Ko Chun Shun. 

Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. 

In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds approximately 9% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$29B of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. 

Other institutional shareholders of the Group include EDBI - a Singapore government-linked global investor, and Pavilion Capital - a Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, that made strategic investments to the Group in August and October 2019 respectively. 

In April 2021, Cityneon welcomed new investors Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, which will now own approximately 4% of the Group, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China, joining the already strong stable of shareholders to support the Group's further expansion globally. For more information, please visit www.cityneongroup.com.

 

About World Heritage Exhibitions 

World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE) is a worldwide leader in producing, promoting, and designing blockbuster exhibitions. 

WHE is renowned for producing the finest quality museum content that captivates, educates, and inspires visitors across the globe. 

With a combined 50-years of exhibition experience, the executive team is responsible for touring many of the world's most valuable treasures, including objects from King Tutankhamun's tomb, relics from Cleopatra's Royal Palace, artifacts from the Titanic, items from the discovery of Pompeii, and more. 

Their exhibitions have now been enjoyed by over 30 million people, spanning six continents, and their collective expertise has come together in one of the most influential touring exhibition companies on the planet. 


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World Premiere Exhibition Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Announces:

Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

Watch the video announcing tickets on sale at: youtube.com/watch?v=SzEFRjA-e8E

 

Purchase Advance Tickets by Visiting BocaRatonMuseum.org/golden

 
 

Eager fans can finally secure their coveted places in line for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

1 AD - 800 AD -- Frontal adornment of 14-karat gold alloy Andean headdress. Photo Courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

The first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu

 

As Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru takes flight for the first time, tourists from around the world are expected during the inaugural stop of its global tour in South Florida this Fall at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.   

Eager fans can finally secure their coveted places in line for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This combination of rarely seen, world-class museum artifacts alongside technological breakthroughs in virtual reality is unparalleled (watch the here video announcing tickets on sale). 

The early access online ticket portal is now open to the public at BocaMuseum.org/Golden.

 

Debuting October 16, 2021

Watch the new video

Watch the new preview video at: youtube.com/watch?v=saB41YJpf4k

 

Debuting October 16, 2021, audiences will discover an all-new, immersive museum experience that will transport visitors to the jewel of the Southern Hemisphere’s cradle of civilization, the Incan city of Machu Picchu ‒ voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. The exhibition will encompass the entire museum, including all galleries on both floors. 

This dazzling collection of ancient Peruvian artifacts features the most opulent collection of Andean gold to ever travel the globe.

The experience will also feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu, recorded in 2020 during the unprecedented closure of the site during the pandemic. It was the first time in recent history this majestic City in the Sky was completely empty, filmed using state of the art drone-VR technology. 

These breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark, without any humans present, are a passageway for museum guests on an astonishing journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site (watch a preview video here).  

The exhibition will start its limited run in South Florida before leaving the U.S. and embarking on a multi-country tour. Ticket prices start at $19.95. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is perfectly located near the tourism destinations of Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

"These breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark, without any humans present, are a passageway for museum guests on an astonishing journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site."

 

"Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in Engineering . . . an astounding 3,000 years of Andean culture."

1 AD - 800 AD Copper funerary mask depicting Ai Apaec. Photo Courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

 

"A stunning selection of 192 artifacts from Royal tombs."

 

Cityneon presents the exhibition with support from the Government of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociación. Many of these stunning 192 priceless artifacts are from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, and have never-been-seen before out of Peru. 

The collection is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Thousands of patrons have already reserved museum memberships that feature special access for families and additional benefits. Follow #BocaStrikesGold on social media for ongoing announcements about special events.

 

"Visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a whole new way."

Aerial view of UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. Courtesy World Heritage Exhibitions

 

"It is an honor to be chosen as the first museum destination that launches the global tour of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, and to partner with such esteemed cultural institutions to bring this exhibition to the United States,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“We look forward to introducing South Florida and the world to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization for what promises to be a memorable exhibition.”

 

"Discover the mysteries of Andean cosmology."

 

Guided throughout the exhibition by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, visitors will gain a window into transformation through the forces of nature that result in his death and subsequent rebirth. 

In this exotic land nothing is fixed and beings can change from one form to another. Throughout this dramatically staged expedition, the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround visitors as they unravel the mysteries of Andean cosmology and marvel at the sophistication of Andean artists. 

"At this once-in-a- lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a whole new way," said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan.

"We are excited to provide the chance for guests to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this impressive fortress 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains."

 

Nestled in a cloud forest, this great Inca Empire's enduring symbol of architectural prowess is protected by twin sacred mountains and is invisible from below.

Further adding to its unrivaled beauty, the flourishing landscape of Machu Picchu has restored much of the original biodiversity that it enjoyed in Incan times through a recent reforestation initiative.

Visitors will behold the marvels of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished.

Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before.

Huaca de La Luna (Temple of the Moon). Photo Courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

"As we get closer to launching the premiere engagement, our team is truly excited to share this world class production with South Floridians,” stated President of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann. 

"We’ve been working around the clock to bring to the South Florida one of the most awe-inspiring exhibitions to ever tour the world. With a combined 50-years in this business, we’ve never seen a production quite like this

Beyond the stunning collection of Peruvian artifacts courtesy of Museo Larco and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, the team at Virtual Worlds delivered a virtual reality experience that will make you feel as though you are walking through the stone fortress at Machu Picchu."

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Black Harvest Film Festival: Call for Entries extended by one week until 8/27/21! (Chicago, Illinois)

 

 

 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES

DEADLINE EXTENSION: CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 

BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL 2021

 

Deadline extended until August 27, 2021 for November festival

 

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is extending its submission deadline by one week, until Friday, August 27, for its Black Harvest Film Festival, which will be presented in-person and virtually from November 5 - December 2, 2021

 

Celebrating its 27th year in 2021, The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that celebrate, explore and share the Black, African American and African Diaspora experience. The Festival, held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, located at 164 N. State Street, curates both short and feature length films, proudly presenting influential auteurs and emerging filmmakers of color side by side. The Black Harvest Film Festival invites Black, African American and African Diaspora identifying directors, producers and screenwriters to submit their work for consideration at this year's Festival.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Black Harvest Film Festival intend the 2021 installment to be held in person as well as virtually in November 2021. If, due to continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts this is not possible, the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival will be held entirely virtually. Only filmmakers who are willing to present their work in a hybrid theatrical/virtual format should submit their work for consideration.

 

The following are submission requirements:

 

  • The (extended) deadline for entry is August 27, 2021. There is no entry fee.

 

  • Feature-length films and shorts (up to 45 minutes total running time) are eligible for consideration.

 

  • All entries must include a screener link, a completed entry form, a press kit or credit list. Materials will not be returned.

 

  • Year of completion must be 2019 or later.

 

  • Film must be Chicago premieres. Films that have had public Chicago or suburban screenings prior to the Festival are ineligible for consideration.

 

  • Films not in English must be submitted with English subtitles.

 

  • In order to be eligible for the virtual component of the Festival, films must have open or closed captioning.

 

  • Only films directed, co-directed, produced and/or written by Black, African American or African Diaspora identifying filmmakers are eligible for consideration.

 

  • Entries selected for the festival must be available for public exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP or Apple ProRes formatted digital file.

 

  • DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.

 

  • All legal clearances including, but not limited to, talent, music, or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker.

 

  • The Gene Siskel Film Center reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the festival for publicity purposes.

 

To apply, visit:

https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/black-harvest-film-festival-2021-call-entries

 

 

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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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.

 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER PRESENTS CHICAGO FAVORITES; Chaz Ebert, Steve James, Dr. Allison Arwady, and Ayana Contreras among the notable Chicagoans presenting their film favorites between August 22 - September 28




Gene Siskel Film Center banner

 
 

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER PRESENTS 

CHICAGO FAVORITES FILM SERIES 

Chaz Ebert, Steve James, Dr. Allison Arwady, and Ayana Contreras among the notable Chicagoans presenting their film favorites throughout August and September

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, CONTAGION, NASHVILLE among films to be showcased; 
two films to be presented in 35mm!

CHICAGO—The Gene Siskel Film Center is pleased to present Chicago Favorites, a series of eight films curated by a cross-section of notable Chicagoans. On eight dates between August 21 and September 28, select community members will introduce films they hand-picked and find personally and/or professionally meaningful, including NASHVILLE, PRINCESSE TAM-TAM, CONTAGION, and more. Several of the films will be presented in newly restored digital, with two titles--JUPITER ASCENDING and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN-- to be screened in 35mm film.

The series will kick off this Saturday, August 21, at 7:00pm CT with DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, introduced by Chaz Ebert, President of the Ebert Company, Ltd., and will conclude on Saturday, September 28 at 6:00pm CT with PRINCESS TAM-TAM, introduced by Ayana Contreras, host of Reclaimed Soul on WBEZ and Vocalo Radio. 

Additional guest curators include Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board member Ed Siskel, introducing RUSHMORE (9/13); filmmaker Steve James, introducing NASHVILLE (8/28); LaSaia Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance, introducing JUPITER ASCENDING (9/1); Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, introducing, ahem, CONTAGION (9/4);
Ashley Wheaterthe  Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, introducing HUGO (9/11); and Jon Carr, Executive Producer, The Second City, introducing SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (9/9).

The Film Center's Director of Programming Rebecca Fons says, "Our Chicago Favorites represent an eclectic cross section of Chicagoans. This selection of individuals represents leaders in their fields, voices we admire, and people who inspire us. Curating this group of curators gave us the opportunity to remember the joy that comes when we share cinema that is personal to us. We are surrounded by film lovers."

The Film Center's Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin adds, "We look forward to sharing this bounty of films with our film-loving community. Our Chicago Favorites, all of whom are friends of the Gene Siskel Film Center, choose films that provide a window into our guest curators and represent the diverse viewpoints of Chicago itself. We are so grateful that they shared their favorites with us, providing an opportunity to come together to celebrate our curators and their favorite films."

Fons explains the genesis of the idea for the Chicago Favorites series:

“Recently, during a long-awaited and much needed dinner with friends, we got to talking about the films we had all watched at home while Chicago was locked down. Guilty pleasures, comfort food, deep dives into filmmakers - everyone had watched a lot of movies. The conversation then turned to our favorite films, and a friend I'd known for years floored me with his pick. Knowing his choice, and why it meant so much to him, gave me an entirely new perspective on this person I'd known for years - his story behind the cinematic story was as special as the film itself. For our Chicago Favorites series, we invite you to get to know select notable Chicagoans through the perspective of their favorite films. 

From a seminal title from their childhood, to a film that speaks to their identity or lived experience, from pure big screen entertainment to canonical, vital contributions to film history, these films articulate the diversity of our city, and of cinema. Our guest curators will either introduce each film or engage in a post-screening talkback, and we look forward to welcoming you to this series that celebrates the films they hold dear. Perhaps you will purchase a ticket because one of these films is your favorite as well, or - through the eyes of our Chicago Favorites - you'll see the film, or them, in a new and wonderful way.”

Tickets are on sale now for $6 (Film Center members) or $12 (General Admission).

(Still from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, which will be presented in 35mm on 9/9 at 7pm).

The following is an at-a-glance schedule of Chicago Favorites series, with more details below:

 

Date

 

Special Guest

 

Film

 

Details

8/21 @ 7pm

   

Chaz Ebert

     

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST

 

1991, Julie Dash, 112 mins, USA/Germany, Digital

8/28 @ 6pm

 

Steve James

 

NASHVILLE

     

1975, Robert Altman, 140 mins, USA, Digital

9/1 @ 6pm

 

LaSaia Wade

 

JUPITER ASCENDING

 

2015, Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 127 mins, USA/Australia, 35mm

9/4 @ 6:30pm

 

Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH

 

CONTAGION

 

2011, Steven Soderbergh, 106 mins, UAE/USA/Hong Kong, Digital

9/9 @ 7pm

 

Jon Carr

 

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

 

1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 103 mins, USA, 35mm

9/11 @ 5pm

 

Ashley Wheater

 

HUGO

 

2011, Martin Scorsese, 126 mins, UK/USA/France, Digital

9/13 @ 7pm

 

Ed Siskel

 

RUSHMORE

 

1998, Wes Anderson, 93 mins, USA, Digital

9/18 @ 6pm

 

Ayana Contreras

 

PRINCESSE TAM-TAM

 

1935, Edmond T. Greville, 77 mins, France, Digital

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST

Saturday, August 21, 7pm
Guest Introduction: Chaz Ebert, 
President of the Ebert Company, Ltd.

1991, Julie Dash
USA, Germany, 112 minutes
English, French with English subtitles 
Format: Digital

“Before there was Beyonce, or Lemonade, there was Ms. Dash, Ms Julie Dash and her luxurious film about Gullahs living in coastal South Carolina. She led the way for other female directors. And to this day I find her film one that feeds all the senses, a true classic.

Roger Ebert called it a 'a tone poem of old memories, a family album in which all of the pictures are taken on the same day.' He went on to say that 'at certain moments we are not sure exactly what is being said or signified, but by the end we understand everything that happened -- not in an intellectual way, but in an emotional way.'”

--Guest curator Chaz Ebert, President of the Ebert Company, Ltd.


Synopsis:
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggles to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The first wide release by a Black female filmmaker, DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, the film still resonates today. Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences can finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended. (Kino Lorber)

NASHVILLE

Saturday, August 28 - 6:00pm
Guest introduction:
Filmmaker Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, CITY SO REAL)

1975, Robert Altman
USA, 140 minutes
English, French with English subtitles 
Format: Digital

“I first saw NASHVILLE when I was a young person falling in love with film and it was certainly a foundational work that helped drive my interest in pursuing filmmaking. It remains such a vivid, real, original film that still has much to say about American politics and the American Dream.”

--Gust curator Steve James, filmmaker

Synopsis:
In Robert Altman’s satirical, sprawling musical comedy-drama, numerous individuals - in the political and musical industries of Nashville, Tennessee - intersect and interact over the course of a few hectic days as the city prepares for a political convention. Starring Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin, Ronnee Blakley, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Geraldine Chaplin and Scott Glenn, among others. (RF)

JUPITER ASCENDING 

in 35mm

Wednesday, September 1- 6:00pm
Guest introduction: LaSaia Wade, 
Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance

2015, Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski
USA, Australia, 127 minutes
English, Russian with English subtitles
Format: 35mm

Synopsis:
Jupiter Jones Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, JUPITER ASCENDING is written and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. (Warner Bros.) 

CONTAGION

Saturday, September 4 - 6:30pm
Guest introduction:

Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
 
2011, Steven Soderbergh
UAE, USA, Hong Kong, 106 minutes
English and Mandarin, Cantonese with English subtitles
Format: Digital 

"I love that an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer is included in this movie. As a former one myself, I'm excited to talk to the audience about fact vs fiction."

--Guest curator Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health

Synopsis:
Oscar®-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC) returns to large-scale cinema with this global action thriller that revolves around the threat of a deadly outbreak of a fatal disease and the people determined to keep it at bay. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. A stellar international ensemble cast including Academy Award® winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and nominees Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne portray the dedicated doctors at the CDC and World Health Organization who rush to contain the outbreak of a new virus. (Warner Bros.) 
 

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
in 35mm

Thursday, September 9 - 7:00pm

 Guest introduction & post-screening discussion:
Jon Carr, Executive Producer, The Second City

1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
USA, 103 minutes
English 
Format: 35mm

“It is truly an honor to be a part of Chicago Favorites. Film was my first experience with art and it caused me to redefine my preconceived notions of an artist. By partnering with an amazing group of people this program allows film to redefine how we look at their art, work, and talent. That's what makes Chicago Favorites so special.”

--Guest curator Jon Carr, Executive Producer, The Second City

Synopsis:
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era--paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time--and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. Set during the advent of "talkies," this film's classic song-and-dance numbers celebrate the beginning of movie musicals. (Warner Bros.) 
 

HUGO
Saturday, September 11 - 5:00pm
Guest introduction & post-screening discussion:
Ashley Wheater, MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

2011, Martin Scorsese
UK, USA, France, 126 minutes
English 
Format: Digital
 
Synopsis:
HUGO tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, this magical tale is Academy Award®-winner Martin Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D. (Paramount Pictures)

RUSHMORE
Monday, September 13 - 7:00pm
Guest introduction: Ed Siskel, 
Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board member

1998, Wes Anderson 
USA, 93 minutes
English 
Format: Digital
 
Synopsis:
The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, RUSHMORE defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache. (Criterion)

PRINCESSE TAM-TAM 
Saturday, September 18 - 6:00pm
Guest introduction: Ayana Contreras, 
host of Reclaimed Soul on WBEZ and Vocalo Radio.

1935, Edmond T. Gréville
France, 77 minutes
French with English subtitles
Format: Digital 

“In PRINCESSE TAM-TAM, Josephine Baker shimmers as a North African nomadic woman who enters high society under a guise of royalty concocted by a French author. I love most how the movie veers from the predictable Pygmalion trope when she makes a choice between assimilation with and rejection of what is presented as "civilization". The plastic existence afforded by so-called modernity is exposed as counterfeit, and her native African culture is unveiled as both noble and marvelous." 

--Guest curator Ayana Conteras, host of Reclaimed Soul on WBEZ and Vocalo Radio.
 
Synopsis:
Buoyed by the success of the French musical ZOU ZOU a year earlier, the same team created this comedy in which a mischievous shepherd girl rises through society to become a pretend princess and the toast of Paris nightlife. While in Tunisia seeking inspiration for a new novel, a French aristocrat (Albert Préjean) becomes infatuated with the innocent gamin Alwina (Josephine Baker) and constructs a plot to bring her back to Paris and pass her off as an Indian princess. In a thinly veiled parallel to Baker’s own experience, Alwina becomes a celebrity, a favorite subject for the city’s great artists, and a guest at the most important social events. Her rise to notoriety climaxes in a posh nightclub, where she strips off her shimmering evening gown and dances as only La Baker could. (Criterion)
 
Content consideration: PRINCESSE TAM-TAM includes language and depictions of racial stereotypes. As suggested by the Criterion Channel, we encourage you to view scholar Terri Simone Francis' contextualization of Josephine Baker’s film career in the “Terri Simone Francis on Josephine Baker” video available on the Channel, and/or Francis’ conversation about her book, “Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism”, with Nina Collins on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1KpQXp7SqE


Gene Siskel Film Center

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has presented critically acclaimed cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. 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 1,500 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 siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

School of the Art Institute

For more than 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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