Film Screening Types Archives: In-Person

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Before, Now & Then Nana

  Kamila Andini

  Indonesia     103 minutes

Synopsis

In 1960s Indonesia, middle-aged Nana finds herself in an untenable situation. Wrestling with trauma over having lost her family to war in West Java, she has embarked on a new chapter with a wealthy second husband, but their unsatisfying union has left her feeling alone and adrift. She ultimately finds connection in the most unexpected of places, developing a close bond with her husband’s mistress. Together, the pair set out to discover a new sort of freedom and intimacy beyond the confines of a smothering patriarchal society. Star Happy Salma is a revelation as Nana, a dignified woman concealing her pain and frustration behind a mask of calm serenity. With a memorable score, distinctive camerawork, and expressive color palette Kamila Andini’s film has earned comparisons to Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, but the feminist period drama has a dreamy, rapturous quality all its own.

 Indonesian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Suma Adiwinata, Gita Fara, Ifa Isfansyah
  •   Kamila Andini
  •   Ahmad Fesdi Anggoro
  •   Batara Goempar
  •   Happy Salma, Laura Basuki
  •   Fourcoulours Films, Titimangsa Foundation
  •   https://filmmovement.com/before-now-then

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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The Big Payback

  Erika Alexander & Whitney Dow

  United States     92 minutes

Synopsis

In 2021, Evanston, Illinois became the first city in the United States to approve a reparations program for some of its Black residents. How did it get there? Captivating and urgent, The Big Payback follows the dramatic journey of rookie Alderman Robin Rue Simmons as she fights to redress the wrongs of “redlining” and the legacy of slavery. Filmmakers Erika Alexander (John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jaspar) chart Simmons’ emotional and political path from the onset of the pandemic through the racial protests of 2020, as she faces detractors who criticize her legislation for doing too little and supporters who herald the bill as an important first step into the future. An inspiring story of the early signals of seismic change, one citizen and then one city at a time.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 1:00pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum

Special Guests*: Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons
*Subject to change

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Ben Arnon, Xan Parker, Erika Alexander, Whitney Dow
  •   Melissa Neidich, Chistopher Nizza
  •   Margaret Byrne, Kevin Shaw, Brett Wiley, Keith Walker
  •   Tom Efinger
  •   Adrian Younge
  •   Katy Barksdale, Joy Ann Reid, Jason Reid, Marco Williams, Adrienne Becker, Jedd Canty, Dara Canty, Spring Point Partners
  •   Color Farm Media, Feral Films, Reversal Pictures

Sponsors

Film Sponsor

Logo: CMP 273x75

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

40 Years a Prisoner

  Tommy Oliver

  United States 109 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 19-25 in the United States.

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director/producer Tommy Oliver and actor Mike Africa, Jr.

Synopsis

This powerful documentary bears witness to the lifelong efforts of Michael Africa, Jr. to secure the freedom of his parents, who were incarcerated for four decades. Along with seven other members of MOVE, a Black Liberation group active in Philadelphia in the 1970s, Debbie and Michael Africa, Sr. were charged in the death of a police officer during a brutal raid by authorities at the end of that decade. Interviews with journalists, activists, and others, along with archival footage of the MOVE commune, are intercut with Michael Africa, Jr.’s ongoing battles with the courts. With uncanny resonance to our current moment, the film delivers a bracing examination of the embattled state of liberty in the face of a racially and politically biased justice system.

 English 

Sponsors

Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

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The Film Title

  Horace Van Welmute

  Austria, Belarus, Croatia     634 minutes

Synopsis

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

“What is this?”
-everyone

 Croatian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thursday, Sept 30, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Media

Film Credits

  •   Paul Producer
  •   Samir Screenwriter
  •   J. Jonah Jameson
  •   Annie Lebowitz
  •   Candice D.P. Willgins
  •   Bill Murray, Charlie Chaplin, Reese Witherspoon, Daniel Day-Lewis
  •   Junkie XL
  •   The Decemberists
  •   Dan Quayle, Will Smith
  •   Dreamworks, A24

Sponsors

Logo: Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago 250x75Logo: NEA 293x100Logo: Prodigy Film Camp - 462x100