Special Events


Back by popular demand!
Filmmakers in person!
THE FIRST BREATH OF TENGAN REI
2008, Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski, USA/Japan, 72 min.
With Erika Oda, Katori Eason, Sean Nix

“Great performances.”--Michael Esposito, Chicago Tribune

“An auspicious debut.”--Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

Set largely in the industrial wilds of Chicago’s far-South Side and northern Indiana, this is the story of a Japanese woman who ventures into an alien landscape and even more unfamiliar mindscape to right the wrong that has scarred her life. Kidnapped and raped by two American G.I.s as a teenager on her native Okinawa, Rei (Oda, of Kore-Eda’s AFTER LIFE) tracks down one of the rapists and succeeds in taking hostage his teenage son Paris (Eason). Violence begets violence, and even as the woman and the boy achieve a strained peace, a final reckoning with the father looms for them both. HD video. (BS)

Co-producers/writers/directors Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski will be present for audience discussion at both screenings

Saturday, January 3, 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 7, 7:45 pm

Back by popular demand!
Filmmakers in person!
THE CHRISTIANS
2008, Stephen Cone, USA, 62 min.
With Krissy Shields, Arian Moayed, Laurel Schroeder, Rob Belushi

 

“The script is provocative...the performances, particularly by Rob Belushi as Jim, are strong”--Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune

Belief is tested and found wanting in this intense drama centering on two fundamentalist Christian couples, one married, the other dating but virginal, holed up in a Chicago apartment awaiting the Rapture as news of a widespread bio-terrorism attack breaks in the media. Midnight arrives but Jesus doesn’t, and each of these committed young idealists faces a crisis of conscience brought on by the untimely sore throat of one of their number, a plea for shelter from two strangers, and the insidious force of sexual desire. HD video. (BS)

Director Stephen Cone, and producers Dennis Belogorsky and Jason Stephens will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

Saturday, January 10, 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 14, 8:00 pm

Chicago premiere!
GOOD DICK
2008, Marianna Palka, USA, 86 min.
With Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter

“Brimming with intriguing ideas about love’s dark underbelly.”--Tim Grierson, Village Voice.

Funny, abrasive and oddly innocent.”--Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Exceptionally acrid, exceptionally funny…a dark, sweet and sophisticated confection.”--Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

A needy video store clerk (Ritter) develops an obsessive crush on a female customer, a surly, tomboyish young woman (Palka) with matted hair and an insatiable penchant for ‘70s porn. Somewhere between his unwise move to stalk her and her knife-wielding good-neighbor policy, they move toward an S&M-tinged truce. The details sound lurid, but writer/director/actor Palka casts an oddly romantic aura around this journey from loneliness to improvised love. An official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. 35mm. (BS)

Saturday, January 17, 8:00 pm
Monday, January 19, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 22, 8:00 pm

Chicago premiere!
Gerard Jamroz in person!
LOFTY INTENTIONS
2008, Gerard Jamroz, USA, 92 min.
John Mossman, Katherine O’Neill, Gerard Jamroz

Inspired by the methods of John Cassavetes, Mike Leigh, and the films of the Dogme movement, writer/director/actor Jamroz (CHICAGO POEMS) weaves a story with the edginess of noir but the down-to-earth realism of its Chicago locations. The life of Alex (Mossman), a conflicted immigration officer, is dogged by the memory of recent losses and cover-ups, and the imminent break-up of his marriage. His tentative pursuit of a nursing student pulls him into the sphere of drag queen Athena (Jamroz), where an attempt to turn the page on his old life results in revisiting the past. DV-Cam video. (BS)

Chicago writer/director/actor Gerard Jamroz will be present for audience discussion.

Saturday, January 31, 8:00 pm

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