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Q&A with David Wain on Friday night! The Chicago Critics Film Festival begins!
Monday, May 5th, 2014

Hey Music Boxers,

We couldn’t be more excited to host the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which kicks off on Friday and runs through Thursday, May 15. It’s the first-ever film festival programmed entirely by film critics. Your favorite Chicago critics have scoured Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, Toronto and more to find what they consider to be the best, most promising films. Now you can see the Chicago premieres of more than 20 of those highly buzzed-about movies—in addition to two short-film programs—months before the rest of the world.

None other than director David Wain (The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Childrens Hospital) will get things started with his new comedy, They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Scott Tobias of The Dissolve will be moderating a Q&A with Wain after the screening this Friday at 7 pm, and you don’t want to miss it. Last time Wain came to the Music Box the event sold out, so get your tickets now!

Several other directors and cast members will be appearing throughout the Chicago Critics Film Festival as well — check out some of the highlights below. For more information, visit ChicagoCriticsFilmFestival.com.

Tickets are on sale now. Screenings will sell out, so get your tickets today!

Monday, May 5th – Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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They Came Together

A film by David Wain starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders


When Joel and Molly meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex in this spoof of romantic comedies.

“[An] orgasmic spoof of every romantic comedy in existence...”

“A good deal of fun.”

From the director of Wet Hot American Summer, Wanderlust and Role Models comes a hilarious and irreverent subversion of the romantic comedy genre.

When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens to shut down her quirky indie candy shop. Plus, Joel is hung up on his sexy ex. But amazingly, they fall in love, until they break up about two thirds of the way through, and Molly starts dating her accountant. But then right at the end…well you’ll just have to see (Hint: Joel makes a big speech and they get back together).


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

A film by Mike Myers


In his directorial debut, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.


Nick Offerman: American Ham

A film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts starring Nick Offerman


Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts scheduled to attend
This live taping of Nick Offerman’s one-man show at New York’s historic Town Hall theatre features a collection of anecdotes, songs, and woodworking/oral sex techniques. The routine includes Offerman’s 10 tips for living a more prosperous life, so hearken well. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) returns to the CCFF for the second year in a row. WARNING: MINOR NUDITY AND NOT SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS.


Willow Creek

A film by Bobcat Goldthwait starring Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson


Director Bobcat Goldthwait scheduled to attend
Comedian-turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (“Shakes the Clown,” “God Bless America”) returns with this horror entry about a would-be Bigfoot expert (Bryce Johnson) who, along with his girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore), gets lost while on a camping trip in Sasquatch’s alleged neighborhood and finds that there is something else out there with them.



A film by Collin Schiffli starring David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard


Star/writer David Dastmalchian and director Collin Schiffli scheduled to attend
Animals tells the story of Bobbie and Jude, a young couple living in their broken-down car parked alongside Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Their days are a continuous ritual of theft and scoring until they must confront the difficult truth of their relationship after one of them is hospitalized.


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