CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance announce today the 2017 Chicago lineup of the Slamdance Cinema Club. Beginning in March, ArcLight Chicago will show two films each month from the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival that took place January 20-26 in Park City, UT.
The Slamdance Cinema Club film series was started in 2015 at the ArcLight Hollywood location, and expanded to ArcLight Chicago in 2016 to reach audiences that embrace and celebrate the vibrant and dedicated Chicago filmmaking community. The 2017 Cinema Club lineup offers audiences a fresh look at films from the Slamdance Film Festival, including "Strad Style," "Kate Can't Swim," "On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone," "Cortez," "You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski," "After Adderall," "Automatic at Sea," and "Neighborhood Food Drive." The first Q&A will be on March 29th after the screening of "Strad Style," with actor Daniel Houck, moderated by Bryan Wendorf, Programmer & Artistic Director, Chicago Underground Film Festival.
"We're proud to bring this film series to Chicago for a second year, especially considering the rich culture and appreciation that audiences in this city hold for cinematic arts and independent film," said ArcLight Cinemas Executive Vice President, Cinema Programming, Gretchen McCourt.
"The opportunity to celebrate and share the Slamdance Film Festival features with the Independent film community in Chicago is so significant to the mission and purpose of the film festival, and we're excited to hear what thoughts and insights the audiences will have during the Q&A discussions," said Slamdance President & Co-Founder, Peter Baxter.
To reserve seats and learn more about each film, visit: www.arclightcinemas.com/news/ArcLight-Presents-Slamdance-Cinema-Club. Also check the website for updates on a schedule of Q&A discussions with the filmmakers and special guests.
Upcoming dates for ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club at ArcLight Chicago are as follows:
Strad Style: March 29
Synopsis: A rural Ohio eccentric with an obsession for 'Stradivari' convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. Fighting time, poverty, and most of all - himself - Danny Houck puts everything on the line for one shot at glory. Directed by Stefan Avalos, starring Daniel Houck, Razvan Stoica, David Campbell, Rodger Stearns, and Mary Houck.
Kate Can't Swim: March 30
Synopsis: Kate (Celeste Arias) is almost thirty, almost engaged, almost settled in her career as a writer—but is deeply dissatisfied. When Kate's best friend Em (Jennifer Allcott) returns from Paris with a surprising new lover in tow (Josh Helman), Kate and her boyfriend Pete (Grayson DeJesus) spend a weekend in upstate New York with the new couple. As Kate struggles with her suspicions about Em's new lover, dormant feelings about her own life arise, forcing her to decide whether to stay on her current life path or to burn it down and forge a new one. Co-directed by Josh Helman and Evan Jonigkeit, starring Celeste Arias, Jennifer Allcott, Grayson DeJesus, and Josh Helman.
On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone: April 19
Synopsis: Michael Rubenstone, a first-time filmmaker and a Sly and the Family Stone super- fan, sets out to find the band's leader, the reclusive funk legend, Sly Stone. In doing so, he manages to make one of the most comprehensive documentaries on the band to date, while also bringing Sly out of hiding for the first time since his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993. Part road movie, part rock doc, ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE follows Michael Over the course of 12 years as he travels across the country, meets an eclectic cast of characters, unearths the true story of the band and chronicles how a musical icon fell from grace. Through detailed interviews with friends, family, former band members, managers and music industry titans we learn about the complexity of Sly Stone. Directed by Michael Rubenstone, starring Michael Rubenstone, Cornel West, Bobby Womack, Clive Davis, Dick Cavett, Paul Shaffer, David Kapralik, and Freddy Stone.
Cortez: April 20
Synopsis: After a canceled tour, flailing musician Jesse Lirette seeks out an old flame in a small town in Northern New Mexico. When an arrogant attempt at inserting himself into her family fails, he must confront the mistakes of his past on his own. Directed by Cheryl Nichols, starring Arron Shiver, Cheryl Nichols, Drago Sumonja, Jackson Shiver, and Judith Ivey.
You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski: May 24
Synopsis: A night of drinking and talking about sex, literature, childhood and humanity with the irreverent writer poet Charles Bukowski in his California house in 1981. A story of tapes lost, found and brought back to life. Directed by Matteo Borgardt, starring Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Beighle, and Silvia Bizio.
After Adderall: May 25
Synopsis: In 2010 James Franco optioned the rights to Stephan Elliot's memoir, The Adderall Diaries. In 2015 The Adderall Diaries starring James Franco and Ed Harris premiered at the TriBeca Film Festival. This is a movie about James Franco making a movie about Stephan Elliot. Directed by Stephen Elliott, starring Stephen Elliott, Mickaela Tombrock, Bill Heck, Michael C. Hall, Lili Taylor, and James Urbaniak.
Automatic at Sea: June 21
Synopsis: Eve, a young Swedish traveler, finds herself stranded on a private island with Peter, a wealthy heir whom she hardly knows. While waiting for other guests to arrive, Eve becomes trapped in an unstable reality punctuated by feverish visions, dimensional shifting and secret pizza. How can she escape if she's not even sure she's there? Directed by Matthew Lessner, starring David Henry Gerson, Livia Hiselius, and Breeda Wool.
Neighborhood Food Drive: June 22
Synopsis: Convinced that hosting a lavish charity fundraiser will improve the public image of their unpopular restaurant, two women hire an intern to help them plan and execute a neighborhood food drive. Despite their somewhat good intentions, the team quickly succumbs to petulance and laziness. They make repeat attempts—trying to maintain positive attitudes—but cosmic maladies cripple their efforts and they soon find themselves doomed. Directed by Jerzy Rose, starring Lyra Hill, Bruce Bundy, Ruby McCollister, Marcos Barnes, and Ted Tremper.
About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates seven theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as theaters in Bethesda, MD, Chicago and Glenview, IL, with a new location in Boston for 2019. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at www.arclightcinemas.com.
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