Stony Island at the Gene Siskel Film Center: Filmmaker Andrew Davis to Present Lost 1978 Chicago Musical and First Film, a Making the Band Time Capsule

This Friday, November 17, at the Gene Siskel Film Center (8pm; tickets here), Chicago-born filmmaker and Hollywood director Andrew Davis returns to present his fledgling 1978 film Stony Island—his first as a director, shot on period Chicago’s gritty streets as a guerrilla endeavor of…

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Biggest Screen in Illinois: Emagine CEO Anthony LaVerde and Halloween Star James Jude Courtney Kick Off State of the Art Venue

As theatrical box office numbers continue their upswing heading into a packed summer movie season, Emagine Entertainment, the national, Michigan-based theatrical exhibition chain specializing in a complete moviegoing experience from top notch projection and sound to high-end amenities like heated recliners, brick-oven pizza and…

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A Working Artist Shows Up for Her Passion: Kelly Reichardt on Gentle New Character Study Balancing Life, Creative Demands

Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt—whose three-decade career as an independent filmmaker specializing in spare, minimalist excursions—is an artist freed from American commercial sensibilities; a nonconformist favoring nuance over plot and ambiguity over resolution.  In pictures like Wendy and Lucy, about a young homeless woman searching for…

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