Film Venues Archives: Gene Siskel Film Center

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Pray For Our Sinners

  Sinéad O'Shea

  Ireland     81 minutes

Synopsis

In this arresting mixture of personal storytelling and political exposé, filmmaker Sinead O’Shea returns to her small Irish hometown to scrutinize the recent history of the Catholic Church’s pervasive abuse and neglect—and shine a light on the very few who managed to fight back. Delving into the institution of “mother and baby homes”—where unwed women were sent to give birth, many of whom died—and the widespread practice of corporal punishment in schools, O’Shea paints a staggering portrait of Irish life, which caused irreparable harm to women and children into the early 1990s. Elegantly mixing archival footage with heartbreaking interviews, the film also offers uplifting profiles in courage of unsung activists who worked to mitigate the damage and affect change. At a time when women’s rights are under assault around the world, Pray For Our Sinners is an at once sobering and empowering story about oppression and resistance.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 13 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Sinead O'Shea
*Subject to change

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 3:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Director Sinead O'Shea
*Subject to change
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Media

Film Credits

  •   Maya Derrington, Sinéad O'Shea
  •   Sinéad O'Shea
  •   Enda O'Dowd
  •   Andrew Cummins, Brian Moore, Michael Lavelle, Enda O'Dowd
  •   George Brennan
  •   SOS Productions

Sponsors

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Documentary Patron

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Leonor Will Never Die Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago

  Martika Ramirez Escobar

  Philippines     99 minutes

Synopsis

In this inventive mashup of low-budget ’80s Filipino action thrillers, retired screenwriter Leonor spends her time absent-mindedly puttering around her house. Reminiscing about her glory days, she dusts off an old screenplay—a story of bloody, brotherly revenge—in hopes that she might submit it to a local competition. After she is struck by a falling television and knocked into a coma, Leonor is transported into the world of her unfinished script. Trapped inside her own creation, she embarks on a free-wheeling odyssey to finish the film while still unconscious. Director Martika Ramirez Escobar lends a light touch to the surreal proceedings as her offbeat tale oscillates between old-fashioned shoot-’em-ups and tender, human drama. The result is both a love letter to Filipino action cinema and a winning, metatextual reflection on the creative process and mortality.

This film is part of a double feature screening with The One-Armed Executioner.

 Filipino with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

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Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 10:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Monster Jimenez, Mario Cornejo
  •   Martika Ramirez Escobar
  •   Lawrence S. Ang
  •   Eero Yves S. Francisco
  •   Carlos Mauricio
  •   Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon
  •   Alyana Cabral and Pan De Coco
  •   Arkeofilms

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Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues

  Sacha Jenkins

  United States     104 minutes

Synopsis

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues paints an insightful and engaging portrait of the master musician, known as the founding father of jazz. Covering Armstrong’s expansive career — from his roots in New Orleans to his breakthrough in Chicago to his growing fame in New York and around the world—the film skillfully interweaves a trove of archival footage with candid audio diaries and private correspondences. The result is both a musical gem and a highly revealing look at a man, far more complex than his wide-smiling and big-cheeked public personae, who speaks in brashly frank terms about race and racism in America. Filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (who has previously profiled Rick James, the Wu-Tang Clan, and 50 Cent) has created a remarkably contemporary account of the famed vocalist and trumpeter, whose contributions to the fabric of American music and culture remain relevant to this day.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 5:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

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Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Sacha Jenkins, Julie Anderson
  •   Jason Pollard, Alma Herrera-Pazmiño
  •   Ed Lachman
  •   Terence Blanchard
  •   Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michele Anthony, David Blackman
  •   Imagine Documentaries, Polygram Entertainment

Sponsors

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Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

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The March on Rome Marcia su Roma

  Mark Cousins

  Italy     98 minutes

Synopsis

For his latest absorbing inquiry into the history and power of the moving image, director Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) delves into Italy’s film archives to expose the machinations and faulty foundations of fascism. His focus is the infamous 1923 propaganda film A Noi, which was produced as the Italian Fascist Party’s official document of its “March on Rome.” Dissecting the film frame by frame and exposing its sleight of hand, Cousins reveals how the film tried to write history, sometimes ominously and often quite clumsily, eventually losing its sway on its intended viewers, as reflected in short fictionalized scenes with an Italian citizen of the time (played by Alba Rohrwacher). With Cousins’ characteristically witty and insightful narration as our guide, March on Rome is both a riveting analysis of the allure of cinema and a timely, provocative account of the politics of manipulation that persist today.

 English, Italian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 2:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

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Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 3:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

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Film Credits

  •   Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra
  •   Timo Langer
  •   Mark Cousins, Timoty Aliprandi
  •   Alba Rohrwacher
  •   Stefano Di Fiore
  •   Antonio Badalamenti, Andrea Romeo
  •   Palomar SPA

Sponsors

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Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Cultural Support

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The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

  Judd Tully & Harold Crooks

  United States, Canada     101 minutes

Synopsis

This striking portrait chronicles the career of the elusive African American artist and provocateur David Hammons. Born in Springfield, Ill., Hammons emerged as a powerful aesthetic force out of L.A.’s Watts Rebellion in 1965 and grew to become a globally recognized, category-defying figure whose radical work—featuring, among other things, brown paper bags, fried chicken wings, and snowballs—was rooted in a deep critique of American society and the art world elite. As Manthia Diawara once wrote in Artforum, “Like the work of his heroes Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, Hammons’ art is decidedly anti-art.” Featuring eminent artists and curators, a trove of archival footage and animated sequences, and an evocative soundscape, The Melt Goes on Forever paints a rich and illuminating picture of one of the most singular artists of our time.

 English 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 2:45pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Directors Harold Crooks and Judd Tully and producer Andrew Mer
*Subject to change
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Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Directors Harold Crooks and Judd Tully and producer Andrew Mer
*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

  •   Judd Tully, Andrew Mer
  •   Harold Crooks
  •   Louis-Martin Paradis
  •   John Russell Foster, Christina Wairegi
  •   Ramachandra Borcar
  •   Rosie Filmwaze, LLC
  •   https://themeltfilm.com/

Sponsors

Film Patron

Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson

Documentary Sponsor

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Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Cultural Supporters

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