A Brighter Summer Doc: Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them

Programmed by Anton Yu

1/7/2017 @ 7:00 PM
1/8/2017 @ 3:45 AM

American Honey

(Andrea Arnold, 2016) · Desperate to escape her home life, disaffected teenager Star (Sasha Lane) joins a traveling magazine sales crew. Scraping together a living traveling around the Midwest, Star quickly finds herself entranced by the group's charming leader Jake (Shia LaBoeuf). Living day-to-day, party-to-party, Sasha comes to care more about traveling than having a destination and finds herself quickly drowning in aimlessness.

runtime: 163m format: DCP


1/14/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:45 PM
1/15/2017 @ 3:45 PM

White Girl

(Elizabeth Wood, 2016) · Amidst a world of drugs, sex, and non-stop partying, NYC college student Leah (Morgan Saylor) falls in love with local drug dealer Blue (Brian "Sene" Marc). When Blue is arrested, Leah goes to wild lengths to free him. Controversial since its release, Woods' feature debut, loosely based on her own experiences, is anchored by raw performances from the two leads. Saylor, a sophomore at UChicago, will hold a Q&A with the audience after the 7 p.m. screening.

runtime: 88m format: DCP


1/21/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
1/22/2017 @ 4:00 PM


(Denis Villeneuve, 2016) · In this cerebral sci-fi thriller, aliens arrive across the globe in a dozen giant spaceships, one in Montana. Rather than shoot first, the U.S. military recruits a team of elites—scientists, led by linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—to learn their language and intentions. As Banks makes contact, Adams portrays her trepidation, vulnerability, and professional enthusiasm with a compelling grace that, combined with Villeneuve's deliberate pacing, is emotionally gripping.

runtime: 116m format: DCP


1/28/2017 @ 7:00 PM
1/29/2017 @ 3:15 PM

The Handmaiden

(Park Chan-wook, 2016) · South Korean maverick Park Chan-wook's (Oldboy) latest film follows two lowly thieves masquerading as a handmaiden and a count to enter the mansion of a creepy book collector and shake-down his heiress niece. Full of bitter double-crosses and a deliciously erotic love affair between the heiress and her handmaiden, this sumptuous period piece is so involving you'll find yourself swept away by the volatile interplay of criminal intent and heated romance.

runtime: 167m format: DCP


2/4/2017 @ 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
2/5/2017 @ 4:00 PM

Howl's Moving Castle

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) · In collaboration with UCJAS, Doc Films presents Howl's Moving Castle for Uchi-Con 2017. After young hatter Sophie is cursed by the wicked Witch of the Waste, she turns to the enigmatic wizard Howl and his magical friends to break the spell. Together, they embark on a journey in Howl's moving castle to lift the curse, stop a war, and free Howl from his past. In 2013, Miyazaki called Howl his favorite of his films, highlighting its central message "that life is worth living."

runtime: 119m format: DCP


2/11/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:45 PM
2/12/2017 @ 4:00 PM

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

(David Yates, 2016) · Venture back into the wizarding world with a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise set 70 years before Harry and his friends find themselves at Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut based on her book of the same name follows writer and wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he ventures into the secret wizard community of New York. A swapped suitcase, an escaped magical creature, and run-ins with a society denouncing witches and wizards are only the beginning of Newt's adventures.

runtime: 133m format: DCP


2/17/2017 @ 7:00 PM
2/18/2017 @ 7:00 PM
2/19/2017 @ 1:30 PM

A Brighter Summer Day

(Edward Yang, 1991) · Set in Taiwan in the early '60s, Summer Day traces the evolving social life of 14-year-old Xiao S'ir, from his involvement in violent gangs to his first love and family life. A sprawling epic ripe with mundane detail, Edward Yang's studied period piece draws from his own memories of youth to place a tragic homicide within a dense social context, reproducing the uncertainty and rich vitality of a young community with an engrossing sense of real-time and its progression.

runtime: 237m format: DCP


2/25/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
2/26/2017 @ 3:45 PM


(Keith Maitland, 2016) · This captivatingly unique take on a documentary reflects back on the UT Austin shootings of 1966. By stitching together archival footage and simple but gripping animation, the immersive film brings the disturbing realities of the shooting back into consciousness. Cinematic and unsettling, Tower presents the real voices of survivors of the event that changed America and the history of gun violence.

runtime: 98m format: DCP


3/4/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
3/5/2017 @ 3:30 PM

La La Land

(Damien Chazelle, 2016) · Set in L.A., this romantic musical follows jazz musician Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia Dolan (Emma Stone) as they meet, fall in love, and chase their dreams together. But how long will those dreams last before their ambitions tear their relationship apart? Also starring J.K. Simmons, John Legend, and Finn Wittrock, Chazelle's homage to classical Hollywood musicals fully displays a strong script, exuberant musical numbers, and powerful performances.

runtime: 128m format: DCP


3/11/2017 @ 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
3/12/2017 @ 3:30 PM


(Martin Scorsese, 2016) · In 17th century Japan, where Christianity has been banned, two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) face persecution as they search for their mentor (Liam Neeson). Once captured, they suffer physical torture and spiritual agony, forced to choose between their God and their lives. Scorsese strived for authenticity in this raw and powerful exploration of faith and religious torment, an "obsession" that has been in development since 1990.

runtime: 159m format: DCP


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