Showing posts with label indie films in Chicago. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indie films in Chicago. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CHI, IL FILMS ON OUR RADAR: BONE with director Larry Cohen--The Music Box--Midnight

The Music Box Theatre presents special midnight screenings of BONE on Friday, September 7th &
Saturday, September 8th.  Director Larry Cohen will be speaking before each screening of his controversial debut film.

Advertised as a Black Man Out For White Women movie, audiences were probably more shocked to find out Larry Cohen’s directorial debut was more of a Black Comedy. After taking a Beverly Hills family hostage, Bone discovers that under their seemingly nice life, lies many dark secrets. Whether you’re a “Housewife” (alternate title) or just a movie lover, you won’t want to miss this! With writer/director Larry Cohen on hand to discuss his 1972 film!

WHAT:                   BONE with special guest, director Larry Cohen
WHERE:                  The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
WHEN:                   Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 11:59pm (Midnight)
TICKETS:                 $9.25
                              Seating is limited.

About BONE:
This brilliant, edgy and dark comedy by cult director Larry Cohen serves as an interesting time capsule look into early 1970's race relations. Yaphet Kotto stars as a mysterious African-American man who invades the home of a wealthy Beverly Hills couple. At first he demands money and sex, but an array of Polynesian cocktails finds him embroiled the in the couple's rocky and complicated relationship. Not a thriller, however, the film cleverly uses a juxtaposition of stereotypes to expose issues of racism and consumerism. Strong dialogue and acting and an eclectic musical score with some heavy funk and jazz overtones by Gil Melle gives the film a distinctly offbeat, unmistakably 1970s feel.
Director: Larry Cohen
Writer: Larry Cohen
Stars: Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten

About the Music Box Theatre:

For nearly 30 years the Music Box Theatre has been the premiere venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films, festivals and some of the greatest cinematic events in Chicago. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.

Download the entire Music Box Theatre Summer Calendar here:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Facets Film Happenings

Starting Friday, August 10th
Ah Tao is a domestic helper who has worked as maid and nanny for several generations of the Leung family since her teens. Over the 60 years that Ah Tao dedicated to serving the household, elders passed away, children were born and grew up, and most members of the family emigrated. She now takes care of Roger, a bachelor film producer and the last family member to remain in Hong Kong. One day, Ah Tao falls ill when preparing supper. In the evening, Roger returns from a trip and finds the aging servant unconscious after a stroke. But life without Ah Tao makes Roger begin to realize just how important she is to him and he decides to look after the woman who has nursed him all his life. The two grow closer to each other, and their mutual affection brings solace and contentment to their lives. More Info  
Facets Film Portal

 Facets Multi-Media's mission is to preserve, to present, and to distribute independent, world, and classic film, and to educate adults and children in the art and legacy of film.

Facets Film Portal extends that mission by scouring the web for streaming films that have fallen through the cracks, and presenting our discoveries daily. Feel free to search, to watch, to discuss, and to suggest what would make your experience better.  More Info 
Facets in the Community
Facets Town Hall Meeting 
August 13, 2012    
The movie theatre needn't be a violent place.
Please join us on Monday, August 13, at 7pm for a Town Hall Meeting on the issues of movies and violence at Facets, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.

Please RSVP by clicking the link below.  You can also contact event coordinator Mary Hayes at or at (773) 281-9075 ext. 3076.

The discussion will begin with a distinguished panel moderated by Gretchen Helfrich, host of WBEZ's Odyssey program.

As a non-profit organization with a 37-year commitment to creative children's programming, we strongly feel that a national debate about the culture of violence needs to lead to positive solutions. The tragic event in Colorado makes immediate action essential.

We look forward to having you join us on August 13th.  RSVP   
Facets Film Fun
August 2 - August 16 
Pretty much like the regular Olympics, only YOU decide who gets the gold!

In the spirit of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, we at Facets are hosting some games of our own. Today and next Monday we will post 3 competing movie titles and their trailers on our Facebook page for your viewing and judging pleasure. Also, you can compete directly for Olympic Glory by sponsoring your favorite film to be the "Phelps of the Film World", for our Closing Ceremony, which will at long last definitively determine the top three films ever made (professional film critics and list-makers, start looking for a new day job). Check out Facets Facebook page or click here for more info:  More Info

This Week's Recommended Rentals:  
Mars Attacks!    

As America follows the adventures of the latest craft to explore Mars, Facets digs into the red planet on film. Well, sort of.
Watch out for Martians!


Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Daniel Defoe's castaway adventure novel reworked into a masterful sci-fi flick that boasts great special effects, sprawling Techniscope lensing, and piercing Technicolor footage of the Death Valley locations.  

Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
A Moscow engineer designs a spaceship and travels to Mars to meet the woman who haunts his dreams. He succeeds but finds himself embroiled in a Martian proletarian uprising.. 

Christmas on Mars (2008)  
The frontman of The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne, takes to directing with this experimental sci-fi freak-out about the first space station on Mars preparing for the first Martian baby to be born during the first Martian holiday.

Visit our rentals website for these selections and more. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012


I've volunteered at Facets every month since September of 1990 and have seen some incredible indie films, classics, and multicultural offerings over the last 20+ years.   Check out their nightly features, midnight cult classics on Saturdays, Children's International Film Fest, and one of the most comprehensive video rental libraries in the nation.   Check out their main site right here for more info, upcoming film, and membership details.

Facets Cinematheque
Starting Friday, July 6th :

Dark Horse has a surprising roster of actors which prove a perfect match for the skewed sensibility of filmmaker Todd Solondz, adding vitality to his signature style and tone, as indicated by such films as Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness. Solondz has established himself as American cinema's crown prince of comic discomfort and once again, he has made another provocative film which finds humor and insight in our deepest neuroses, pains, and misdeeds. 

Facets Film School
Summer Session: July 12 - August 22, 2012
Facets Film School provides a forum for discussion among film lovers, emerging mediamakers, and film veterans, encouraging an appreciation for movies as an art form and means of communication, and allowing for an exploration of various film genres, techniques, filmmakers, actors, and more.

Led by local professors and other film experts, Film School courses run one evening per week for six weeks. Each three-hour class session includes a film screening in our intimate small theater, along with time for lecture and discussion. Film School courses are designed to be accessible to students of all levels, with or without any prior background in film studies.

Facets Film School Reel Talk

Monday, July 9, 2012

Join fellow film fanatics for an evening of movie clips, cinematic insights, mingling, and munchies. A panel of film scholars will kick off the night in Facets' Cinémathèque theater with scintillating observations illustrated by scenes from various films. Reception to follow the event. Informal but lively discussion is encouraged. More Info

Facets Film Portal

Facets Multi-Media's mission is to preserve, to present, and to distribute independent, world, and classic film, and to educate adults and children in the art and legacy of film.

Facets Film Portal extends that mission by scouring the web for streaming films that have fallen through the cracks, and presenting our discoveries daily. Feel free to search, to watch, to discuss, and to suggest what would make your experience better. More Info

Facets in the Community

Tuesdays and Thursdays at sundown July 10-24, 2012
Special program on Friday, July 27, 2012

Better Boys Foundation and Facets Multi-Media announce a film festival comprised of a series of social documentaries screened outdoors at the Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. These groundbreaking documentaries such as The Murder of Fred Hampton, And This is Free, Been Rich All My Life and others exemplify the role of independent, particularly documentary, filmmaking in reporting about and shaping Chicago.
Discussion panels of film professionals, journalists, and individuals relevant to the films will follow the screenings.

Admission is free and parking is available at 1512 S. Pulaski Rd. For further information, please contact Mary Visconti at the Better Boys Foundation (773) 542-7300.

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