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Chicago Critics Film Festival continues through Thursday!
 
Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Happy Monday Music Boxers,

Thanks to everyone who made opening weekend of the Chicago Critics Film Festival such a smash! We’ve had a lot of great crowds for these one-time-only special events. If you haven’t been yet or are itching to return, don’t worry—we have more exciting festival screenings every night this week!

Highlights include Tuesday at 7pm, when director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) returns to the CCFF for the second year in a row—this time for his new film Nick Offerman: American Ham. It’s a live taping of Offerman’s one-man show, featuring a collection of anecdotes and songs, as well as the Parks and Rec star’s 10 tips for living a more prosperous life.

On Wednesday at 7:30pm, comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (Shakes The Clown, World’s Greatest Dad) will introduce and then take questions on his new film Willow Creek, which follows a would-be Bigfoot expert who gets lost while on a camping trip in Sasquatch’s alleged neighborhood … and then finds there is something else out there.

On Thursday at 8:30pm, the CCFF closes out with director Collin Schiffli (a Columbia College alum!) and writer/star David Dastmalchian (a DePaul alum!) presenting their new film, Animals. Shot in Chicago, Animals is a compelling character study that tells the story of a young couple living in their car alongside Lincoln Park Zoo.

Check out additional festival highlights below. For more information, visit ChicagoCriticsFilmFestival.com.

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

Sunday, May 11th – Saturday, May 17th, 2014


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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.

 
 
 

Animals

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.

 
 
 

I Origins

A film by Mike Cahill starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

 

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

 
 
 

Starred Up

A film by David Mackenzie starring Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn

 

19-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, “Homeland”), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, Starred Up is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie’s career; as father and son, Mendelsohn and O’Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.

19-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, “Homeland”), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, Starred Up is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie’s career; as father and son, Mendelsohn and O’Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.

 
 
 

Obvious Child

A film by Gillian Robespierre starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman

 

This initially raunchy and ultimately tender comedy, tells the story of aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. Writer-director Gilliam Robespierre expanded her 2009 short into one of the most popular entries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival?

This initially raunchy and ultimately tender comedy, tells the story of aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. Writer-director Gilliam Robespierre expanded her 2009 short into one of the most popular entries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

 

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