Music Box Theatre to Host a Variety of Screenings, Interactive Productions this Fall
Chicago's Music Box Theatre will host a variety of screenings throughout the fall, as well as interactive productions. This will included the return of native son Nick Offerman reading from and signing his new memoir Paddle Your Own Canoe. After the signing, Nick will come back to introduce a favorite film he watched at Music Box during its first run: Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man.
Fall festivals at Music Box include Closing Day of Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival on September 8, Found Footage Festival on October 5, the Music Box debut ofReeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival starting November 7 and more. The entire Music Box Fall Calendar is accessible at www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Fall highlights include:
25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival: Closing Day (*director Gabe Klinger in person)
Sunday, Sept. 8
2 pm: Scott Stark's short The Realist is an experimental and highly abstracted "love story" located in the visually heightened universe of clothing displays, fashion islands and storefront windows. Shows with Phil Solomon's 48-minute Empire, a digital re-make of Andy Warhol's Empire from high atop the Manhattan Island of Grand Theft Auto IV ("Liberty City"). $10
4pm: James Benning's Nightfall (2012, US, 97 min, digital) a study of real time - light changing from day to night - filmed in a forest, high up in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. $10
7pm: The Closing Night feature of the 25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festivalis a special advance screening of Gabe Klinger's Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, fresh off its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Chicago film programmer, teacher, writer and filmmaker Klinger will be in person to present this lively and fascinating portrait of two unlikely longtime friends, independent maverick Linklater and experimental film legend Benning, filtered through their mutual love of film and sports. $12
The Book Cellar presents Alice McDermott (*author Alice McDermott in person)
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30pm, $5 (through Book Cellar)
National Book Award recipient Alice McDermott makes her extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. McDermott will share her new novel, Someone - sold at a $5 discount - and sign.
Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman shares his humorous musings on life, manliness, meat and much more in his firstmemoir Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living. Offerman will autograph copies of his book(included in the ticket price) and share his wisdom on such topics as growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat and wooing a woman.
Nick's Pick: Dead Man (*actor/author Nick Offerman in person)
Friday, Oct. 4, 11pm, $10
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; one of his favorite films was Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man (1995), so Music Box has gotten him to introduce this masterpiece. Only Jarmusch could direct a Western with a poetry-loving American Indian who 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 independent-minded 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.