CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of 7-Packs to 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival at Music Box Theatre
CHICAGO – Exclusive! Free festival 7-packs! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of guaranteed festival 7-packs up for grabs to the third-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!
The festival runs from Friday, May 1 to Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. The festival will premiere more than two dozen films to Chicago that are hand-selected by Chicago critics. The films, which include the latest works from Joe Swanberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Andrew Bujalski, James Ponsoldt, Francois Ozon and many more, are recent film festival hits from Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, Venice and Toronto and more. The full 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival schedule can be found here. Read a preview of the festival here.
Each HollywoodChicago.com winner will win TWO festival 7-packs of guaranteed tickets to experience the following Chicago premieres at the times and dates below – one each day for the duration of the festival!
- ”Raiders!” (Friday, May 1, 9:30 p.m.)
- ”Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” (Saturday, May 2, noon)
- ”People, Places, Things” (Sunday, May 3, 5 p.m.)
- ”Quitters” (Monday, May 4, 7 p.m.)
- ”Blind” (Tuesday, May 5, 5 p.m.)
- ”The Second Mother” (Wednesday, May 6, 5 p.m.)
- ”The Overnight” (Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m.)
The Chicago Critics Film Festival is curated entirely by professional film critics. HollywoodChicago.com is written by Chicago Film Critics Association-accredited critics.
To win your free Chicago Critics Film Festival 7-pack courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! These festival premieres take place one a day from Friday, May 1, 2015 through Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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Descriptions of the seven showings offered in this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup are below:
In 1982, three 11-year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. After seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother’s house, they had completed every scene except one: the explosive airplane fight. Thirty years later, they attempt to finally complete their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot flying wing from “Raiders” in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi and then blow it up. This is the story behind “the greatest fan film ever made”.
2) “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
Director Roger Allers (“The Lion King”) assembled an array of internationally acclaimed animators to realize episodes from the classic text by renowned Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran. They are woven into the tale of a mischievous young girl (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) who attempts to free an imprisoned poet (Liam Neeson). As their story unfolds, several of Gibran’s most cherished essays – on love, work, children, marriage and freedom – are brought to life in vibrant vignettes directed by some of the world’s foremost animators. They include Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), Bill Plympton (“Idiots and Angels”) and Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi (sequence directors on Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”).
3) “People, Places, Things”
Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist, a professor at the School of Visual Arts and the father of beautiful twin girls (Gia and Aundrea Gadsby). But Will’s seemingly picture-perfect Brooklyn life is turned upside down when he catches his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children cheating on him with a friend. A year later, Will is a single father living alone in a tiny studio apartment in Astoria and trying to put his life back together. In this thoughtful comedy, he must navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City while remaining an inspiration for his students and coming to terms with himself as both a father and artist.
“Quitters” is a dark look at affluent, privileged families in San Francisco where the world of precocious high schooler Clark Rayman (Ben Konigsberg) is crumbling around him. When his mother (Mira Sorvino) checks into rehab and he clashes with his father (Greg Germann), Clark goes in search of affection – convincing the much more stable family of his new girlfriend Natalia (Morgan Turner) to let him move in. As Clark’s presence becomes more intrusive and his father’s efforts to get him back become more violent, Natalia and her family (Saffron Burrows and Scott Lawrence) grow increasingly uncomfortable with the arrangement.
In Ingrid’s dreams, she can see the way the world around her looks: her husband’s office, their favorite restaurant and her memories. It’s when Ingrid awakes each morning and opens her eyes that she remembers she’s blind. With her life suddenly and dramatically changed, Ingrid has retreated to the safety of her apartment where she can feel in control. There she can let her imagination become her reality and her deepest fantasies, desires and fears provide a constant internal monologue. Ingrid has invented her own world to substitute for the one she has lost. But how can she make sense of all that is happening to her and who can she trust?
6) “The Second Mother”
When Val (Regina Casé) left her home to work thousands of miles away as a live-in housekeeper for Fabinho (Michel Joelsas) in Sao Paulo, she carried the guilt of leaving her young daughter Jessica behind with relatives. Now, 13 years later, Jessica (Camila Márdila) shows up in Sao Paulo and her presence throws into disarray the unspoken class barriers within Fabinho’s home.
7) “The Overnight”
Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling) and their son, RJ (R.J. Hermes), have recently moved from Seattle to Los Angeles. Feeling lost in a new city and desperate to find new friends, they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park and gladly agree to join his family for pizza night at his home. But after the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing.
This HollywoodChicago.com Hookup is simple! Just get interactive in our social media widget above. We will award 50 pairs of festival 7-packs based on social entry numbers and/or randomly via e-mail for our 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival Hookup. Good luck! Our winners must print our e-mail award and bring it to the Music Box Theatre. The e-mail award authorizes our winners to redeem free will-call tickets for the showings listed above.
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