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Watermark! Child’s Pose! New York Film Critics Series!
Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is the illuminating documentary Watermark. Watermark tells the story of our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We’ll be joined by Director Jennifer Baichwal for Q&As on Friday and Saturday at 7:20pm, who The Boston Globe calls “simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact”.

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. Rated 95% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, Child’s Pose is a spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism.

Next week, our schedule is packed with special events! On Tuesday, the Sound Of Silent Film Festival features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. On Wednesday, the New York Film Critics Series presents an advance screening of Locke, the critically acclaimed new film starring Tom Hardy. On Thursday, The Found Footage Festival returns to the Music Box with a new collection of VHS oddities from the world’s garage sales, thrift stores warehouses and dumpsters.

We also have weekend matinee screenings of Hitchcock’s Notorious with the incomparable screen couple Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman, midnights of John Waters’ Cry Baby with Johnny Depp and the post-apocalyptic Car Cemetery, and fittingly, weekend screenings of Le Week-End, the hit indie romance starring Jim Broadbent.

Just up the street from us at The Mercury Theater, take a trip to AVENUE Q THE MUSICAL, running Thursday April 24, 2014 to Sunday June 29, 2014. This hilarious modern musical focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although it is filled with uproarious adult humor, AVENUE Q reminds us of a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q may not be appropriate for young children. Parents should use discretion based on the maturity of their children.

Finally, the full lineup of the Chicago Critics Film Festival has been announced! Running May 9th-May 15th, the festival includes new films from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers, and scheduled appearances from David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Shep Gordon, Dick Miller and more! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, April 24th – Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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A film by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky


Watermark tells the story of our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.

From the filmmakers of Manufactured Landscapes comes Watermark, a film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover, and the full gamut of human reliance on water, from sport to science to commerce. The gorgeous aerial photography shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted—until it’s gone


Fri, Apr 25 7:20pm
Sat, Apr 26 7:20pm

Child’s Pose

A film by Călin Peter Netzer starring Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab


Winner – Best Film – Berlin International Film Festival

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. Savagely witty and utterly engrossing, Child’s Pose is also the Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.


Sound of Silent Film Festival

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Access Contemporary Music’s (ACM) popular Sound of Silent Film Festival – now in its ninth year! – features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. This year’s festival features short dramas, comedies and experimental films from exciting young filmmakers around the world, all with new scores by our composer members.

We’re thrilled to be moving the festival this year to the historic Music Box Theater on Southport! The Music Box is one of Chicago’s premiere theaters for arthouse cinema. It’s gorgeous interior, state of the art faciilites and sterling reputation make it the perfect fit for the Sound of Silent Film Festival. –

Blackout Roulette by Alex Italics – New score by Nailah Nombeko

The Gift by Julio Pot – New score by Gabriel Malancioiu

Love at First Sight by Mark Playne – New score by Rob Steel

American Montage by Janek Ambros – New score by Enric Riu


The Count’s Mabel by Dale Wolfe – New score by Adam Cole

Bicycle Notes by Fernanda Torres – score by Joel Styzens

Nervous Person by Max Sherwood – New score by Jessica Hunt

Across the Whipplewash by Caitlin & Josh Drake – New score by Amos Gillespie

Music performed by:
Hulya Alpakin – piano
Eliza Bangert – flute
Alyson Berger – cello
Nathan Bojko – percussion
Christie Miller – clarinet
Joel Styzens – percussion
Sophie Webber – cello
Jeff Yang – violin


Tue, Apr 29 7:30pm

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Found Footage is back at the Music Box with an all new Volume 7 show. Doors at 9pm, showtime at 9:30.

Enjoy a pre-party sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery at Cullen’s Irish Bar just up the street and a post show extravaganza at the Music Box immediately to follow!

Found Footage Festival


The annual touring festival showcases VHS oddities from the world’s garage sales, thrift stores warehouses and dumpsters.

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the new clips featured in the 2014 program:

  • A bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title, “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet”
  • “Special Delivery”—a 1994 video for dog breeders about a process known as “whelping”
  • Newly unearthed footage of the world’s most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John & Johnny (c. 1987), and the long-awaited reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators 26 years later
  • 101 Jesuses culled from dozens of religious videos, presented in under 3 minutes


Thu, May 1 9:30pm

Le Week-End

A film by Roger Michell starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum


Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness — and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly eccentric American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

This magically buoyant, bittersweet romantic comedy, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell, following VENUS, THE MOTHER and THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA.


Cry Baby

A film by John Waters starring Johnny Depp, Amy Locane


Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker (Depp) is the coolest, toughest hood in his Baltimore high school. His ability to shed one single tear drives all the girls wild, especially Allison Vernon-Williams (Amy Locane). A beautiful, rich “square”, Allison finds herself drawn into the world of Cry-Baby and his “drape” pals. Soon she finds herself eagerly inhaling the evil influences of rockabilly music and fast cars.


Car Cemetery

A film by Fernando Arrabal starring Alain Bashung, Juliet Berto


Post apocalyptic sets frame the exodus of roving gangs of punks and costumed thespians in one of the most interesting “Christ story” allegories ever made. Hunted by the police, the youth scurry through the ruins of society and take shelter in a junkyard run by a fat overlord offering freedom for a price. Here amidst the car wrecks, they hide from the police, indulge their sexual fetishes, and await their savior, EMANOU! Heavily surreal, absurd, and poignant, the indeterminate shelter alone is loaded with symbolism. From Jodorowsky collaborator and friend, the prolific playwright, novelist and director Fernando Arrabal, CAR CEMETERY combines truly violent wit and characteristic humor with a look that rivals Derek Jarman’s JUBILEE. NOT TO BE MISSED. Presented by Cathode Love



A film by Alfred Hitchcock


A brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, fusing two of Hitchcock’s favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make NOTORIOUS a perfect film.


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