FINDING VIVIAN MAIER     BUY TICKETS
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00pm
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.  Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

Directed by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
2013, USA
84 minutes

 

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)    BUY TICKETS
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2014.

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2014.

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. This stunning film has been rightly compared to the best works of Fellini and suggests a return to the greatness of Italian cinema in the 20th Century.

“The story of Jep’s plush detachment from the real world, and the crisis of soul he’d have if he could be certain he had a soul, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini’s La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann.

Indeed, so removed are these people from the real world below them, you wonder if you’re not watching a movie about people already dead but too rich to notice.” - Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail 3.5 out of 4 stars

In Italian w/ English subtitles

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
2013, Italy
142 minutes
Film Subtitled
Warning: Nudity