Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal! Violeta Went To Heaven! Sound Opinions!
Friday, April 26th, 2013
Happy Thursday Music Boxers
We have two great films opening this weekend, plus some excellent special events!
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, the newest release from Music Box Films, pushes the boundaries of the horror-comedy genre, weaving together a story that blends twisted friendship, love and, of course, the gory reality of sleepwalking cannibalism. Eddie is fun, fresh, entertaining and seriously warped, the way a sleepwalking-cannibal movie should be. The AV Club calls it “A surprisingly, satisfyingly dark little fable”.
Violeta Went To Heaven takes a look at the life of Chilean singer, artist and musician Violeta Parra, a gifted and passionate force of nature. The New York Times calls this biopic a “Poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging”.
On Friday night, we host filmmaker and activist Craig Juntunen for a special engagement screening of Stuck, a new documentary about the complex human experience of adoption, exploring the challenges faced by birth parents, prospective adoptive parents — and children. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Craig. Purchase advance tickets now.
Finall, do you know what you are doing for Mother’s Day yet? Perhaps a little Mother’s Day With Mommie Dearest is just what you need! We all know that Mother’s Day is a very special day— but if your mother is truly special, you want to spend it with the Music Box Theatre, Dick O’Day, Camp Midnight, and the Hell in a Handbag Players…. right? The day is really a wonderfully campy event. If your mother has a wonderful sense of humor AND Joan Crawford, then this just might be the perfect event for you to bring her to. The first 100 attendees get their own special wire hanger! We have arranged a spectacular all inclusive brunch at Mystic Celt before the show for $30/person from 11:30am-1:30pm . $30 includes brunch buffet, unlimited coffee, soda, mimosas, tax and gratuity (Cash bar available for other beverages!). Get your tickets now! In fact, if you buy your tickets in the next 48 hours and use the discount code “CAMP” you can get $5/off per ticket! Just enter the code at the time of purchase!
A film by Boris Rodriguez starring Thure Lindhardt, Dylan Smith and Georgina Reilly
Part muse. Part sleepwalking cannibal.
“Beneath the surface outrageousness lies a surprisingly, satisfyingly dark little fable about the essentially cannibalistic nature of artistic inspiration.” –Mike D’Angelo, AV Club
A struggling artist is in need of inspiration. While decamping in the middle of nowhere, he’s found it in a new friend, Eddie…a sleepwalking cannibal.
Eddie pushes the boundaries of the horror-comedy genre, weaving together a story that blends twisted friendship, love and, of course, the gory reality of sleepwalking cannibalism. Eddie is fun, fresh, entertaining and seriously warped, the way a sleepwalking-cannibal movie should be.
A film by Andrés Wood starring Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Christian Quevedo
Chile’s 2012 submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
“With its clarity and depth, Gavilan’s singing is as good as her acting.” –Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Chilean singer, artist and musician Violeta Parra was a gifted and passionate force of nature. When she died in 1967, she left behind a musical legacy of lyrical love songs, powerful pieces in defense of the oppressed and political calls to action.
In the new biopic Violeta Went To Heaven, director Andres Wood (Machuca) and actress Francisca Gavilan bring this cultural icon to life through all of the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from her humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.
Violeta Went To Heaven is based on the memoirs of her son and a 1962 television interview Violeta gave.
A film by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave
Welles’s Mr. Arkadin — the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war landscape of a Europe trying to erase its history — is a famously mercurial production existing in multiple different versions, thanks to Welles being banned from the editing room. We will screen the European cut of the film, entitled Confidential Report.
A film by John Waters starring Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe
After insane housewife Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole) murders her husband in a fit of rage, she and her obese maid Grizelda (Jean Hill) seek refuge in the mythical town of Mortville. Ruled by the evil Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) and her daughter Princess Coo-Coo, the town is full of criminals and sexual deviants who’ve fled the straight world. John Waters’ most visionary film plays like perverted lovechild of The Wizard of Oz and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Join filmmaker and activist Craig Juntunen for a special engagement screening of Stuck. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Craig.
The purpose of the film is to help the average person understand the issues and create a movement that will ultimately put pressure on U.S. officials to force a more supportive attitude toward International Adoption.
The film will premiere in sequence as it rolls across the country on a tour bus, visiting 60 cities in 80 days. While the highlight of each city visit will be the premiere of the film, the goal is to make the visit to each city much more than a film premiere, but an all day event, with media appearances, speeches and discussions in multiple gatherings. The framework for the tour creates the possibility to make Stuck a phenomenon.
One objective while on the road is to gather over 1 million petition signatures asking Congress/global leaders/President Obama to take specific actions to change the landscape of adoption. The petition will be hand-delivered to members of Congress in the Step Forward for Orphans March in Washington, D.C., which will coincide with the last day of the bus tour on May 17.
A film by Thaddaeus Scheel starring Craig Juntunen
Stuck is about the complex human experience of adoption, exploring the challenges faced by birth parents, prospective adoptive parents — and children.
Stuck is a new documentary film that uncovers the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a rollercoaster of beaurocracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak. The film follows Tihun from Ethiopia, Nate from Vietnam, and Erickson and Therline from Haiti on their individual voyages from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the United States. Filmmaker Thaddaeus Scheel tracks the chapters in the lives of these four children, and the families seeking to parent them, revealing along the way the intense hope and disappointment they experience on the odyssey to unite as families. Some stories are heartwarming, showing incredible examples of kids who blossom after joining their families, while others offer insight into the emotional and physical impact institutional life can have on these kids.
Chicago Public Media’s Sound Opinions, the world’s only rock n roll talk show, is co-hosted by acclaimed pop music critics Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ.org. Here, they present the classic documentary Wattstax.
In the summer of 1972, Stax Records put on a music festival to rival Woodstock and coincide with the 7th anniversary of the Watts Riots. Wattstax the concert and Wattstax the film were unprecedented events for the Los Angeles African-American community and a source of great pride. In the weeks surrounding the filming of the concert, the predominately African-American film crews took to the streets, recording candid interviews with local African-Americans and capturing a unique, unvarnished view of the Watts community.
A film by Mel Stuart starring The Dramatics, Staple Singers, Kim Weston
Seven years after the Watts section of Los Angeles ignited in a violent burst of racial tension in August 1965, director Mel Stuart took the pulse of the city by revisiting the issues that led to the devastation. His main stop: The Watts Summer Festival held in 1972 at the L.A. Coliseum, where comedian Richard Pryor joined an illustrious list of entertainers such as Isaac Hayes, the Dramatics and Luther Ingram, who gathered to remember the riots.
National Theatre Live presents People, directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the Music Box Theatre as part of the NT LIVE 2013 season.
National Theatre Live is building a global community for the NT, giving audiences throughout the world an unprecedented opportunity to engage and interact with our work.
A film by Nicholas Hytner starring Frances de la Tour
Award-winning writer Alan Bennett is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on The History Boys and The Habit of Art.
People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.
Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights, and the much anticipated People is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre. Following its original run at the National Theatre, The History Boys transferred to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, and toured internationally before being turned into a film, again directed by Nicholas Hytner and with a cast including Frances de la Tour.
Bennett and Hytner also collaborated on the award-winning play and film The Madness of King George and their last stage production, The Habit of Art, was broadcast as part of National Theatre Live in 2010.
A film by Shane Carruth starring Andrew Sensenig, Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz
Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience.
Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.
Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort (his feature debut, Primer, won the Sundance Film Festival 2004 Grand Jury Prize) is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach.
A film by Rodney Ascher starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns
The wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with Shining cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.
“One of the great movies about movies.” –Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up.
End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.
Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day, plus screening of the original 1981 film with hilarious running commentary provided by Camp Midnight and you! Interactive audience participation guide included.
Camp Midnight invites you to a special presentation of Mommie Dearest. The Joan-a-Palooza festivities start at 2:00pm with a pre-show featuring Dick O’Day and the Hell in a Handbag players. Join us for a Mother/Daughter matching outfit contest! A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.
Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest is being hosted by the camptacular emcee Dick O’Day (Emmy award winning “Wild Chicago” correspondent) who has driven by BOTH Faye Dunaway and Joan Crawford’s homes in California. David Cerda, founder and lead singer with The Joans, is playwright and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions (the company that the Chicago Reader says, “Represents the gold standard in camp in Chicago”). The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Cerda the “Charles Ludlam of the Midwest.”
A Mother’s Day Screening of Mommie Dearest with all the camptacular fun you can imagine. It’s like Mystery Science Theatre meets Joan Crawford and Ricky Gervais.
EXTRABONUS:The first 100 attendees in their seats will receive their own commemorative wire hanger!
OPTIONALBRUNCH!When you buy your tickets you can also purchase a brunch package at MYSTICCELT
11:30am-1:30pm Brunch at Mystic Celt (3443 N Southport Ave, just North of the Brownline stop)
1:30-2:00pm Festivities, fun and Photos in the Music Box Theatre Lobby (3733 N Southport Ave) WITHJOANANDCHRISTINIA IN PERSON!
2:00pm Preshow entertainment, trivia, and costume contest and screening of the 1981 camp classic MOMMIEDEAREST (129minutes)
BRUNCH: 11:30am-1:30pm $30 includes brunch buffet, unlimited coffee, soda, mimosas, tax and gratuity (Cash bar available for other beverages!) The Brunch Buffet includes:
• Build-Your-Own Omelet Station
• Selection of Irish Meats
• Scrambled Eggs
• Breakfast Potatoes
• Selection of Fruits
• Selection of Breads and Muffins
• Carvery Station
• Roasted Potatoes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Carrots and Parsnips – Irish Style
• Asparagus, Yellow Squash and Roasted Tomatoes
FESTIVITIES, FUN, ANDPHOTOS: The best in film camp is provided to you by Camp Midnight—the hilarious and camptacular film viewing group! Meet Joan and Christina and get your pictures taken with your best wire hangers! Seating in the theatre begins at 1:40pm and the preshow entertainment starts right at 2pm.
THEFILM: A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic Mommie Dearest immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.
I HAVEBRUNCHTICKETS! WHERESHOULD I GO? DO I HAVE TO GO TO THEMUSICBOXFIRST?
Nope! Head to the Mystic Celt! There will be a Music Box Theatre staff member on site with your tickets at the door. They will also be able to sell cash tickets (If available) to late additions.
I CAN’T MAKE IT TO BRUNCHBUTTHEMOVIESOUNDSAWESOME
Cool, buy your ticket in advance or at the door. WE have had tickets left over in the past—but each year the event tends to grow
I LIKE TO DRINKDURINGMOVIES, CAN I DO THAT?
Eesh, we are super sorry, but the Music Box does not have a liquor license. Whatever you imbibe before the film is ok. Just don’t be so rowdy that your mother would drag you out by your ear or smack you with a wire hanger.
A film by Frank Perry starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
The camp classic about Joan Crawford.
The lavish, over-the-top Mommie Dearest is the 1981 screen adaptation of Christina Crawford’s best-selling memoir about growing up as the adopted daughter of iconic movie star Joan Crawford. The infamous book details Crawford’s allegations of years of physical and mental abuse by her movie star mother. Faye Dunaway’s performance in the film brought equal parts hosannas and derision by critics. Though the movie flopped with the mainstream public it was instantly enshrined as a camp classic and is revered by fans. “No wire hangers,” “Don’t f*** with me fellas,” “Tina, hand me the ax,” and several other memorable lines from the film have also entered the camp lexicon and popular culture.
Admission for main features and midnight films is $9.25 (different prices may apply to special presentations). The first show of the day on Mondays through Thursdays is only $8.25. Admission for the 11:30am matinee films is $7.25.
The Music Box Discount Card provides 5 admissions for $33.00 (a savings of up to $13.25; good for six months; limit two admissions per visit). Cards are available at the box office.
For showtimes, call (773) 871-6604.
The Music Box is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago 60613. Metered street parking is available on Southport Avenue. The Music Box is a short walk east from free street parking on Ashland Avenue. There is a parking lot one block north of the theatre at the Blaine School ($10).
The theater is near the Southport station on CTA's Brown Line and the 152 Addison, 9 Ashland and 80/X80 Irving Park bus routes.