Special Events

1/15/19 @ 9:30 PM

Do The Right Thing

(Spike Lee, 1989) · 30th Anniversary! On a sweltering summer day, racial tensions in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn reach a dangerous boiling point. Sal, an Italian, owns a pizzeria which becomes a flashpoint of conflict after a neighborhood local named Buggin' Out takes issue with its "Wall of Fame." From there, animosity escalates to a fever pitch as latent hostilities break to the surface. Spike Lee's thorny masterpiece of ambiguity refuses easy answers or false consolations--which is probably what accounts for its remarkable staying power.

runtime: 125m format: 35mm


1/22/19 @ 9:30 PM

We Won't Grow Old Together

(Maurice Pialat, 1972) · Pialat puts the toxic relationship between a married man and his younger mistress under a harshly revealing microscope, as they attempt to put their limping, disintegrating union out of its misery--but end up only with a protracted process of knife-twisting manipulations. In classic Pialat style, the film's naked emotional carnage is complemented by its exacting formal elegance. An essential work by, in Dave Kehr's words, "a uniquely stubborn and uniquely brilliant filmmaker."

runtime: 125m format: 35mm


2/8/19 @ 7:00 PM

Inquiring Nuns + '63 Boycott

(Gordon Quinn/Gerald Temaner, 1968) · Director Gordon Quinn in person! The quintessential Chicago movie. Inquiring Nuns was the breakout feature of Kartemquin, the legendary documentary filmmaking team behind Hoop Dreams--it follows a pair of young nuns as they traverse Chicago and spring upon unsuspecting strangers the question: "Are you happy?" The answers, as unexpected as they are touching, set the stage for a succession of impromptu self-examinations that play out against the backdrop of the Windy City we all know and love.

PRECEDED BY '63 BOYCOTT: On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed 'Willis Wagons,' on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants' reflections today, '63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

runtime: 30m + 76m format: DCP


2/26/19 @ 9:30 PM


(Claire Denis, 2004) · Imported print! Amy Taubin in Artforum: "Denis is one of cinema's greatest narrative poets, and L'intrus, the story of an adventurer, is her most adventurous cinematic poem." A dying man goes to desperate lengths to replace his failing heart, but gets more than he bargained for. Privileging the unmatched physical viscerality of her images, Denis here pushes her elliptical style of narration to new lengths, and generates a gauzy and fragmentary swirl of imagery that coheres with a dreamlike logic.

runtime: 125m format: 35mm


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