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Docs at the Box! Nick Offerman! Found Footage Festival!
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week marks the inaugural Docs At The Box film festival, a weeklong series of fascinating contemporary documentaries, featuring Chicago premieres and special guests. Film subjects range from Muhammad Ali to Richard Nixon to Bettie Page to Johnny Cash, and so much more. Purchase advance tickets or a $40 festival pass (Can be used for all films in the fest) now.

In You Will Be My Son, a demanding winemaker, unsatisfied with the prospect of his son taking over his vineyard, finds a more talented protégé. Premiering earlier this year at the Chicago French Film Festival, the New York Observer calls it, “A slick psychological thriller with Shakespearian shadings”.

On Friday, we have a Nick Offerman double header. At 6pm, Unabridged Books hosts a presentation of Nick’s new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe (Purchase advance tickets now). At 11pm, Nick presents a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, one of his favorite films (Purchase advance tickets now).

On Saturday night, The Found Footage Festival is back in Chicago for a “Best of the Midwest” show, featuring Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett in-person. Presented by our friends at Brooklyn Brewery, a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit Slow Foods Chicago. Purchase advance tickets now.

At midnight on Friday and Saturday, we’re playing the horror-comedy Bad Milo, starring Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) as a couple learning to live with a demon.

Our matinee this week is David Lynch’s trippy breakthrough film Eraserhead, presented in a brand new 35mm print (Also playing Saturday at midnight). We also have additional screenings of Computer Chess, the hit mockumentary about a 1980s chess tournament.

See you at the movies

Thursday, October 3rd – Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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You will be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)

A film by Gilles Legrand starring Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais


“The parallel dramas underline the universal theme of primal jealousy, as fathers confront the prospect of their sons superseding them.”
–Stephen Holden, New York Times

Passionate about wine and his work, Paul (Niels Arestrup) is the proprieter of his family’s prestigious estate. Disheartened by the thought that his son Martin (Laurent Deutsch) will inherit the business and by the fact that his hard-working estate manager is dying, Paul rejects his own son in favor of Philip (Nicolas Bridet), grooming him to be the rightful heir. Work, love and wine all play key roles in this fascinating family drama.


Unabridged Bookstore presents the Return of Nick Offerman

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Nick Offerman presents his new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe!

Join Unabridged Bookstore in conjunction with The Music Box Theatre as we play host to sensational funny man Nick Offerman in support of his forthcoming book, Paddle Your Own Canoe. This will be an amazing home-coming for Offerman as he returns to the city that gave him his start. Do not miss the event of the Fall.

The event lasts from 6pm-9pm.

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop— Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.


Fri, Oct 4 6:00pm

Nick Offerman presents Dead Man

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As an actor and theatrical renaissance man in Chicago in the 1990’s, Nick Offerman made his way to the Music Box Theatre quite often, where he saw one of his favorite films: Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man. We are delighted to have him here to introduce and discuss this masterpiece!

Only Jarmusch could direct a Western with a poetry-loving American Indian who mistakes accountant William Blake for the English writer by the same name, while bounty hunters take Blake for a murderer.

Dead Man

A film by Jim Jarmusch starring Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne


A poetry-loving American Indian mistakes accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) for the English writer by the same name, while bounty hunters take Blake for a murderer.

Jarmusch packs his visually stunning film with an unlikely collection of castmates, including Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt, and Robert Mitchum in one of his final big-screen roles.


Fri, Oct 4 11:00pm

Found Footage Festival: Best of the Midwest

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The Found Footage Festival is back in Chicago for a “Best of the Midwest” show.

The Found Footage Festival is back for a “Best of the Midwest” show featuring Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett in person!

Presented by our friends at Brooklyn Brewery, a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit Slow Foods Chicago.

Join us before and after the show for delicious and cheap Brooklyn beers at Cullen’s Bar & Grill next door.

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


Sat, Oct 5 9:30pm

Bad Milo

A film by Jacob Vaughan starring Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton


Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by a manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place), a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction.

Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay.



A film by David Lynch starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph


Auteur David Lynch sets this early effort in an industrial wasteland of a town, where young factory worker Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) dwells alongside grotesque characters and bizarre creatures — not the least of which is his own child. Henry’s girlfriend, Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), announces that she’s expecting, but the real surprise comes when she gives birth to a deformed, squalling aberration — and leaves the mutant in Henry’s care. Brand-new 35mm print!!


Computer Chess

A film by Andrew Bujalski starring Patrick Riester, Wiley Wiggins, Myles Paige


An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

“Presenting itself as a sort of found-footage movie for geeks, this amusing and thoughtful oddity by writer-director-editor Andrew Bujalski is upfront in form but more stealth in content and intent.”
–Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“This profound, peculiar work of genius, this half-comic portrait of the present in embryo within the past, reverberates with hidden meanings and a questing intelligence.”
–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.



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