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Great Things in Smaller Packages

Before the imminent Oscar nominations arrive, let’s keep a spotlight trained on this year’s Independent Spirit Award nominees for achievement in independent cinema. Whether made by vibrant newcomers or veteran outsiders, these films achieve aesthetic nuances and fulfill grand thematic ambitions despite their meager budgets. This session will delve into key scenes from Todd Haynes’s controversial May December and Savanah Leaf’s very moving Earth Mama and furnish other viewing recommendations for last year’s most accomplished underdogs.

Recommended viewing: May December (dir. Todd Haynes), Earth Mama (Savanah Leaf)

Please note: The discussion ticket does not include a ticket to screen the films.


About the Digging Deeper Into Films series

Join the Chicago International Film Festival and Nick Davis, Northwestern Professor and film critic, for this series of free interactive lectures exploring recent releases and festival films from around the world with a focus on the nuances of imagery, editing, and sound that complicate story and theme.


This series is made possible with the support of the Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation.

Event Information

Saturday, January 20, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm

Alliance Française de Chicago
810 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610


Doors open at 10:30am. Please use the Dearborn St entrance for admission.


Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or ramp access and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms. For accommodation requests, please email us at access@chicagofilmfestival.com, call us at 312-683-0121, x108, or complete our Accommodation Request Form.

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