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Sundance USA and Crispin Glover return to the Music Box!
 
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Hey Music Boxers, don’t miss out on these amazing special events!

On January 30th, Sundance USA returns to the Music Box for a fifth great year. For one night only, the Sundance Film Festival dispatches filmmakers from Park City to cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audiences. In past years, the Music Box has hosted Philip Seymour Hoffman for a screening of Jack Goes Boating and Lynn Shelton for Touchy Feely.
This year we welcome hometown favorite Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) with his film Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham. Advance tickets on sale now.

On Friday, January 31st, actor-director-writer Crispin Hellion Glover (Back To The Future, Willard) performs a live dramatic narration of his books, with the illustrations projected behind him. Then the audience will enjoy a screening of Glover’s second film It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE!, a semi-autobiographical, psycho-sexual tale about a man with severe cerebral palsy and a fetish for girls with long hair. Afterwards, Glover will host a Q&A and a first time showing of newly shot clips of his work in progress feature film which will be the first time Glover and his father Bruce Glover (Chinatown, Ghost World) share the screen! Advance tickets on sale now.

And if you need to make plans for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered, with special screenings of The Princess Bride and Casablanca.

See you at the movies

Tuesday, January 21st – Monday, January 27th, 2014

 
 

Sundance USA

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The Sundance Film Festival expands to audiences across the country for one special night of film and dialogue.

For one night, the Sundance Film Festival dispatches nine filmmakers from Park City to nine cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audiences. In past years, the Music Box has welcomed Philip Seymour Hoffman for a screening of Jack Goes Boating and Julie Delpy for 2 Days In New York.

This year we welcome hometown favorite Joe Swanberg with his film Happy Christmas.

2013, 78 minutes, color, U.S.A.,
It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad basement in Chicago. As she reconnects with old friends and attempts to put her life back together, she continues to self-sabotage by repeatedly getting drunk and high. Kelly becomes fed up with Jenny’s immature behavior but soon realizes that she, too, feels stuck. As Christmas draws near, Jenny and Kelly realize that they can offer each other the solace and support they’ve both been craving.

Director Joe Swanberg returns to Sundance Film Festival (his film Uncle Kent played at the 2011 Festival) with his signature voyeuristic approach to filmmaking, offering a refreshing and candid look at complicated family interactions. His wonderfully imperfect characters pull each other out of their respective ruts and bring a strikingly human element to a story we all know well. The female characters in this film form a tight bond—a drunken sisterhood of sorts—enabling them to discover their true potential.

About the Director
Joe Swanberg is the director of many feature films, including Hannah Takes the Stairs, V/H/S, and Drinking Buddies. His work has premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals. As an actor, he has starred in films, including Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way to Die and You’re Next and Ti West’s The Sacrament, as well as performing in his own work

Cast and Credits
Director: Joe Swanberg
Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg
Producers: Joe Swanberg, Peter Gilbert
Coproducer: Alicia Van Couvering
Cinematographer: Ben Richardson
Music Supervisor: Chris Swanson
Associate Producer: Eddie Linker
Editor: Joe Swanberg
Principal Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg

Happy Christmas

A film by Joe Swanberg starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

 

After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.

Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, an irresponsible 20-something who comes to Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny’s arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family’s baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Webber).

 


Thu, Jan 30 7:30pm
 
 
 

Crispin Glover Returns

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The actor returns, presented by the Music Box and DePaul University!

Crispin Hellion Glover performs a live dramatic narration of his books, with the illustrations projected behind him. Then the audience will enjoy a screening of Glover’s second film It is Fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE!, a semi-autobiographical, psycho-sexual tale about a man with severe cerebral palsy and a fetish for girls with long hair.

Then Crispin Hellion Glover will host a Q&A and a first time showing of newly shot clips of his work in progress feature film which will be the first time Crispin Hellion Glover (Back to the Future, Willard) and his father Bruce Glover (Chinatown, Ghost World) will share the screen!

It is Fine. Everything is Fine!

A film by Crispin Glover starring Steven C. Stewart

 

It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE goes into uncharted cinematic territory with screenwriter Steven C. Stewart starring in this semi-autobiographical, psycho-sexual, tale about a man with severe cerebral palsy and a fetish for girls with long hair.

Part horror film, part exploitation picture and part documentary of a man who cannot express his sexuality in the way he desires, (due to his physical condition), this fantastical and often humorous tale is told completely from Stewart’s actual point of view; that of someone who has lived for years watching people do things he will never be able to do. Here, Stewart’s character is something of a lady killer, seducing a troubled, recently divorced mother (Margit Carstensen), her teenage daughter and any number of other ladies he encounters along the way. According to Crispin Glover, Stewart “wanted to show that handicapped people are human, sexual and can be horrible. He also states that It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. will probably be the best film he has anything to do with in his entire career. Crispin Glover and his co-director David Brothers wanted to bring Stewart’s story to the screen

 


Fri, Jan 31 8:00pm
 
 
 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Princess Bride

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On Valentine’s Day, come see The Princess Bride, the fairy tale that puts the “comedy” in “romantic comedy.”

Featuring pre-show entertainment that includes a costume contest. Dress up as the dashing Inigo Montoya, the beautiful Buttercup, the gentle Fezzik, or any of your other favorite characters.

The Princess Bride

A film by Rob Reiner

 

A young boy listens while his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westly, the man she loves, in the fairy-tale kingdom of Florin. Along the way they encounter a Spanish swordsman, a gentle giant, and the six-fingered villain, Count Rugen, Inconceivable.

 


Fri, Feb 14 6:00pm
 
 
 

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along with Casablanca

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The Music Box Theatre’s annual screening of the classic film Casablanca begins with a special “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs complete with projected lyrics and accompaniment from the Music Box organ.

Songs include “You Are My Sunshine,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” After the sing-a-long you and your sweetheart can hold hands, canoodle, and watch Bogart and Bergman in the timeless Casablanca, one of the great romantic films of all time.

Casablanca

A film by Michael Curtiz

 

The most beloved film romance of all time! Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) meets a former lover (Ingrid Bergman), with unforeseen complications.

 


Sat, Feb 15 2:00pm
 

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