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Alive Inside! Violette! King of the Rodeo!
 
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

Opening this week is Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, this powerful documentary reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Join us Friday at 7:15pm for a special Opening Night presentation of Alive Inside followed by a Q&A with Kelly Willenborg, founder of The Healing Jukebox. Tickets on sale now.

Fresh off its presentation as the Festival Centerpiece at the Chicago French Film Festival, Violette also opens this week. A stirring and profound biopic of French novelist Violette Leduc, The New York Times calls it “A deeply satisfying film. . . Handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring”.

Second Saturday Silent Cinema returns this weekend for King of the Rodeo, a rollicking tale of love and danger, partially filmed at actual rodeos in Chicago’s Soldier Field. As always, the screening will be accompanied by live music from the Music Box organ!

On Sunday morning, Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse are opposites who attract in Silk Stockings. This charming musical-comedy is not available on DVD!

Our weekend midnights include Kevin Smith’s underrated sophomore feature Mallrats, featuring a career-best performance from Jason Lee, and the best sci-fi film of the summer Snowpiercer (Snowpiercer will also be playing as a matinee on Saturday & Sunday morning).

Finally, starting next Friday is the Summer Music FIlm Festival! Check out the full line-up, featuring anniversary screenings of Stop Making Sense and Purple Rain, the musical God Help The Girl, and much much more!

See you at the movies

Thursday, August 7th – Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

 
 

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett starring Bobby Mcferrin, Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie

 

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this uplifting documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken healthcare system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

 


Fri, Aug 8 1:50pm · 3:40pm · 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Aug 9 1:50pm · 3:40pm · 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Aug 10 1:50pm · 3:40pm · 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Aug 11 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Aug 12 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Aug 13 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Aug 14 5:30pm · 7:15pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Aug 15 5:00pm
Sat, Aug 16 11:30am · 5:00pm
Sun, Aug 17 11:30am · 5:00pm
Mon, Aug 18 5:00pm
Tue, Aug 19 5:00pm
Wed, Aug 20 5:00pm
Thu, Aug 21 5:00pm
 
 
 

Alive Inside, with Q&A!

Following the screening will be a Q&A with Kelly Willenborg, founder of The Healing Jukebox. Presented by the Music & Memory Organization.

Kelly Willenborg is the founder of The Healing Jukebox, a service which engages the mind and body of seniors through music and rhythmic instrument playing in Central Illinois. She is a member of The Drum Facilitators Guild, The American Music Therapy Association and is a certified instructor of Drums Alive, a drum fitness class for seniors.

Kelly is a St. Louis University Business School graduate. Her notable music projects include the start-up of The Effingham Performance Center concert venue, interning for a Hollywood Music Catalog, and marketing a money-losing Woodstock 40th Reunion Tour. Her goal of delivering personalized music to elders created a natural alignment with the efforts of the Music & Memory Organization. She has been part of a grassroots effort speaking at healthcare conferences in Illinois and Missouri for the past several years about music and the mind with an emphasis on the IPod program. Her efforts also include hosting IPod drives and launching the program in long-term care homes near her hometown of Effingham, IL.

Kelly is a Board of Director for The Half Fund promoting cancer awareness through the arts. She is also a 2009 recipient of the Top 20 Leaders under 40 Award. Kelly resides in her hometown of Effingham, IL.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett starring Bobby Mcferrin, Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie

 

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this uplifting documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken healthcare system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

 


Fri, Aug 8 7:15pm
 
 

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival Toronto International Film Festival
2013
 

Violette

A film by Martin Provost starring Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet

 


““A deeply satisfying film. . . Handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring. ”
New York Times

Emmanuelle Devos (Kings & Queen) stars in this gorgeously rendered biopic of the acclaimed French novelist Violette Leduc, whose intense and fraught relationship with Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kimberlain) fueled her fearless, nakedly confessional writing. In a brilliantly conceived, finely honed and fiercely etched portrait of Leduc, director Martin Provost leads us through chapters depicting her tumultuous life.

Not a biopic in the traditional sense, but a stirring and profound, deep and sympathetic look at an artist whose sexuality provided the core of her writing, and who was fearless in confronting the pain and reality of being a woman.

 


Fri, Aug 8 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Sat, Aug 9 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Sun, Aug 10 2:00pm · 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Mon, Aug 11 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Tue, Aug 12 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Wed, Aug 13 5:00pm · 8:00pm
Thu, Aug 14 5:00pm · 8:00pm
 
 
 

King of the Rodeo

A film by Henry MacRae starring Hoot Gibson, Kathryn Crawford, Slim Summerville

 

Featuring a wide array of mid-20s location Chicago photography and rodeo riding stunts, this comic Western is a curious, entertaining ride through a bygone Chicago era.

The Montana Kid (Hoot Gibson, an accomplished stunt equestrian and rodeo rider in real life) takes his best relay horse and goes to Chicago for the big rodeo at Soldier Field, quickly falling in love with the daughter of a rodeo official. Weasel, a renegade cowboy, robs the cashier at the rodeo, and, The Kid believes, stole his shirt(!). The Kid chases the crook through Chicago traffic in a taxicab and by motorcycle before he snares his prey.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 
 
 

Mallrats

A film by Kevin Smith starring Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

 

THAT KID IS BACK ON THE ESCALATOR! When Brodie (Jason Lee) is dumped by his girlfriend (Shannen Doherty), he retreats to the mall with his best friend T.S. (Jeremy London), whose girlfriend has also left him. Between comic book shopping and visits to the food court, the unmotivated twosome decide to win their girlfriends back with the help of Jay and Silent Bob. What results is the perfect blend of geek fandom and toilet humor, as the entire mall goes to hell. And aww, is that a baby Ben Affleck??

 


Fri, Aug 8 midnight
Sat, Aug 9 midnight
 
 
 

Snowpiercer

A film by Joon-ho Bong starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

 

South Korea’s highest grossing film! Based on the groundbreaking 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by writers Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand and artist Jean-Marc Rochette.


“An enormously ambitious, visually stunning and richly satisfying futuristic epic from the gifted Korean genre director Bong Joon-ho. ”
Variety

South Korean Director Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother) takes popular genre films to a visionary new level in this post-apocalyptic film. A failed global warming experiment has left planet Earth in an ice age and forced humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.

 


Thu, Aug 7 4:30pm · 7:00pm · 9:35pm
Fri, Aug 8 midnight
Sat, Aug 9 11:30am · midnight
Sun, Aug 10 11:30am
 
 
 

Silk Stockings

A film by Rouben Mamoulian starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige

 

A musical remake of Ninotchka with Cyd Charisse as a cold Russian on a Parisian mission and Fred Astaire as the movie producer man-about-town who warms her up. Cole Porter’s fabulous score includes “All of Me” and “Stereophonic Sound,” a colorful number dedicated to the intoxicating effects of Hollywood’s latest cinematic innovations, giving Astaire a wide CinemaScope frame to dance within. NOT ON DVD!

 


Sun, Aug 10 11:30am
 

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