Doc Films and the Renaissance Society present three film screenings in conjunction with the Renaissance Society's new exhibit Between the Ticks of the Watch. All three screenings are free and open to the public.
(Sadie Benning, 1998) · Artist Sadie Benning's experimental live-action cartoon uses masks, animation, subtitles, drawings, and dramatic scenes to investigate the psychic life of an androgynous eleven-year-old. Growing up in a working class neighborhood with her single mother and gay roommate, the protagonist confronts the loneliness of living between masculine and feminine in a culture obsessed with defining gender difference. This screening is free and open to the public. Presented by the Renaissance Society in conjunction with their exhibition Between the Ticks of the Watch (Apr 24-Jun 26).
runtime: 50 min format: Digital
(Michael Ramova, 2015) · Riley Rey feeds her interest in cryptozoology with a steady stream of video uploads with the help of her older sister, Rebecca, who plans to be the next hit cinematographer. With a YouTube channel featuring the usual ghost hauntings and UFO videos, Riley decides itís time to up the ante. In an effort to increase viewership, the two sisters hire the help of Greg, a seasoned tracker with a murky past. He guides the girls on an adventure to investigate Chanoc, a small town legend. Through adversity and conflict, they discover the secrets of the Panteon Woods but never return.
runtime: 78 min format: Blu-Ray
(Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, 2016) · Doc Films presents a FREE advance screening of The Huntsman: Winter's War, slated for release on April 22. In this prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, Charlize Theron returns as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt). Retreating to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya's most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth), aided by fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain), the only woman who has ever captured his heart.
runtime: N/A format: DCP
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1945) · To celebrate the centennial of Gregory Peck (born April 5, 1916), Doc Films presents two of his finest performances. First, in Spellbound, Peck stars as Dr. Edwardes, the young new director of a psychiatric institute who suffers from amnesia and cryptic dreams (including a sequence designed by Salvador Dali). A psychoanalyst colleague (Ingrid Bergman) tries to unravel his neurosis and falls in love with him--even as he becomes implicated in a crime.
runtime: 111 min format: 35mm
(Robert Mulligan, 1962) · Mulligan brings an understated grace to his adaptation of Harper Lee's classic, which in clumsier hands might have turned patriarchal and preachy. His film emanates a gentle paternalism in the sad cadences of Elmer Bernstein's score, the emotional clarity of Mulligan's mise-en-scene, and the enigmatic silences of Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch. Peck, nominated for his fifth Academy Award for Best Actor, finally won his first Oscar for this performance.
runtime: 129 min format: 35mm
(Jennifer Baumgardner, 2013), (Lisa F. Jackson, 2014) · It Was Rape profiles eight women as they detail their experiences with sexual assault, while It Happened Here focuses on survivors working for recognition and justice within collegiate systems. This screening is free and open to the public, and a facilitated discussion will take place immediately following in the theater.
runtime: 136 min (combined) format: Digital
(Kathy Barbini, 2010) · Boys and Men Healing confronts the stigma associated with male sexual abuse survivors by profiling three men who went public with their stories to help prevent future harm to young boys. This screening is free and open to the public, and a facilitated discussion will take place immediately following in the theater.
runtime: 58 min format: Digital
Join the College's French Club for a free screening of three short films Maman(s), Le Repas Dominical, and Errance.
Maman(s) (Mother(s)) · (Maïmoina Doucouré, 2015) · Aida, eight years old, lives in an apartment in a Parisian suburb. The day when he father comes back from his trip to Senegal, their country of origin, the daily life of Aida and her whole family is completely overturned: her father did not come back alone, he is accompanied by a young Senegalese, Rama, whom he presents as his second wife. Aida, aware of her motherís distress, decides to rid herself of the newcomer.
runtime: 20 min format: DVD
Le Repas Dominical (Sunday Lunch) · (Céline Devaux, 2015) · Itís Sunday. During lunch, Jean observes the members of his family. They ask him questions without listening to the answers, they give him advice without following it, they pet him and they hit him, itís normal, itís Sunday lunch.
runtime: 13 min format: DVD
Errance (The Wanderer) · (Peter Dourountzis, 2014)· Djé is coming to spend the weekend in Paris, but nobody is waiting for him. Anonymous in the shadows, he wanders the streets at random to relieve his boredom. Chameleon and marginal, he struggles or socializes, gets drunk, and drifts.
runtime: 20 min format: DVD
() · The Real Love: A New Musical is inspired by a true story about a woman who is deeply in love with her equally tender hearted husband, a doctor. But as their happy marriage blossoms, a divine calling compels her to make a heartrending decision: remain with her beloved husband or sacrifice everything in search of happiness for all humanity. In what appears to be a destined journey, she embarks on a trip that takes her through India and the Himalayas, encountering adventure, danger, and surprises along the way. This unforgettable story will bring tears, laughter, and poignant memories to audiences of all backgrounds. This screening is free and open to the public.
runtime: 120 min format: DVD
(Kirby Dick, 2012) · The Invisible War deals with sexual assault within the United States military and military academies, addressing the problems with the internal justice system and lack of care and support for veteran survivors. This screening is free and open to the public.
runtime: 93 min format: Digital
(Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, 2016) · Doc Films presents a FREE advance screening of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. In theaters on June 3, Popstar is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy, produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up), goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when heís no longer the dopest star of all.
runtime: 90 min format: DCP
(Candida Brady, 2012) · Jeremy Irons investigates the extent and impact of waste--from global warming and polluted oceans, to the increasing burden on human health. Stunning scenes of beautiful landscapes overrun with trash highlight the harsh realities of our consumption. Directed by Candida Brady, Trashed premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 to overwhelmingly positive critical reviews. Presented by GlobeMed, this screening is free and open to the public.
runtime: 98 min format: Digital
(Jonathan Kaplan, 1988) · The Accused is loosely based on the true story of a victim of gang rape who fought for justice within the court system. Jodie Foster won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the survivor. This screening is free and open to the public, and a facilitated discussion will take place immediately following in the theater.
runtime: 111 min format: Digital
(Oliver Stone, 2012) · Join the Institute of Politics and the Department of History as they welcome Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to campus. Stone has his body of work as ďcontroversial versions of recent American history, some of them at deep odds with conventional myth.Ē The IOP and the Department of History will screen Episode 3 of The Untold History of the United States; which explores the strategies behind the atomic bombings of Japan. After the screening, UChicago professor Bruce Cumings will interview Mr. Stone and Peter Kuznick, historian and writer of the Untold series. Kuznick is Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. This event is free and open to the public. If you plan on attending, please register here
runtime: 58 min format: BluRay
(Lotfy Nathan, 2013) · This documentary follows Pug, a 13-year- old boy from Baltimore‚Äôs Westside who yearns to join the urban dirt bike riders known as the 12 O'Clock Boys: young African American men who tear around the city, popping wheelies and weaving through traffic. As his fascination grows, it begins to eclipse everything else in his life. This screening is free and open to the public. Presented by the Renaissance Society in conjunction with their exhibition Between the Ticks of the Watch (Apr 24-Jun 26).
runtime: 76 min format: Digital
In collaboration with the Center for East Asian Studies, Doc Films brings two Japanese musicals from the Japan Society's spring film series in New York to Chicago. The two screenings, both free and presented in 35mm, span from the golden age of the "popular song film" starring teen idols and TV stars from 50s and 60s to more contemporary genre mashups.
(Umetsugu Inoue, 1957) · Yujiro Ishihara, the biggest male film and singing star in postwar Japan, plays a drummer given his big break by a female talent manager (Mie Kitahara). A series of love triangles set within the Tokyo music scene plays out, but this film is less noir than male melodrama: the central problem is neither corruption nor romance but the lack of a mother's love. This screening is free and open to the public. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation Film Library.
runtime: 101 min format: 35mm
(Tetsuya Nakashima, 2006) · Memories of Matsuko is a darkly hilarious film, with digital effects and gaudy musical numbers that cast its story of abuse into sharp relief. Matsuko is found beaten to death in a poor suburb of Tokyo. Alienated from her family, she is dismissed as meaningless until her loser nephew, tasked with cleaning up her home, starts to piece her life together. This screening is free and open to the public. Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation Film Library.
runtime: 130 min format: 35mm
(Various Artists) · These artist works explore how uncertainty affects the personal, the political, and the social. Phil Collins' marxism today (prologue) follows the fortunes of former teachers of Marxism-Leninism in Communist East Germany; The Role of a Lifetime by Deimantas Narkevicius considers the ethical responsibilities of the artist and the impossibility of objectivity; and in The Amateurist Miranda July portrays a woman on the brink of a technologically-driven madness. This screening is free and open to the public. Presented by the Renaissance Society in conjunction with their exhibition Between the Ticks of the Watch (Apr 24-Jun 26).
runtime: 66 min format: Digital