UPCOMING FILMS 

The Art of Lotte Reiniger & The Adventures of Prince Achmed 

Wednesday, March 25 & Saturday, March 28, 7:30, 2020

Please join us for an evening celebrating Lotte Reiniger, the long-overlooked woman pioneer of paper silhouette animation, who was making animated films ten years before Disney. We will present two screenings: a short documentary, The Art of Lotte Reiniger, a 17 minute documentary from 1970 which includes a demonstration of her techniques in cutting, constructing and filming a silhouette character, as well as extracts from several of her films. This will be followed by a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, hailed as the first-ever feature-length animated film, which was made entirely with paper silhouette figures hand-cut by Reiniger. 

PAST FILMS – 2019

The Pollinators

Saturday, February 29 –  3:00 & 7:30 PM

Join us for The Pollinators, a new documentary feature that journeys around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. Director and beekeeper Peter Nelson and his team talk to farmers, scientists, chefs, and academics, who provide a broad range of perspectives on the environmental threats to honeybees, what their fate means to our food security, and how we can improve the outlook for both.

INSIDE OUT

January 24, 7:30 PM & January 26, 2:00 PM, 2020

Inside Out

Directed by: Pete Docter

Released: June 19, 2015

Description: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. 

SPETTACOLO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Spettacolo

Directed by: Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen

Released: 2017

Description: Villagers in a tiny Tuscan town come up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turn their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza becomes a stage and residents of all ages play a part — the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years.

Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Led by artist Maria Gaspar, Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall is a series of community-engaged radio/visual broadcasts located between the largest architecture of Chicago’s West Side, The Cook County Jail, and the working-class residential area of the Lawndale communities. Radioactive centers the voices of those currently incarcerated by broadcasting and projecting intimate and creative stories from inside Cook County Jail to outside its’ border.

↓ This film was presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Janet Ruttenberg: Beholder 

THE TANGO LESSON / GALLERY PICNIC

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2019 – 7:00 PM

The Tango Lesson

Directed by: Sally Potter

Description: 

Sally, a filmmaker and screenwriter suffering from writer’s block, is dissatisfied with her film project, a murder mystery called Rage, which features the fashion industry. Taking a break, she travels to Paris, where she sees the dancer Pablo (Pablo Verón) performing tango.

Bring a brown bag or picnic basket and some drinks and stay after the film. Dine at our orange tables in the front gallery, and talk about the film with fellow humans.

↓ This film was presented in conjunction with the exhibition, The Past is Prologue

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

SATURDAY, JULY 20TH, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Description:

Through ground breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson’s team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing & retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history.

SCREENING OF FINDING VIVIAN MAIER / WINTER PICNIC

SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Finding Vivian Maier

Directed by: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Description: The life and work of career nanny Vivian Maier and her amazing collection of 100,000 photographs. By all accounts, Vivian Maier was an unassuming nanny. But the photos she took that were found only after her death reveal her artistic genius.

Bring a brown bag or picnic basket and some drinks and stay after the film. Dine at our orange tables in the front gallery, and talk about the film with fellow humans.

PAPER MOON

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Description:

A bible salesman teams up with an orphan girl to form a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas.

Peter Bogdanovich directed Tatum O’Neal to an Oscar as the orphaned accomplice of a con man. Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn (Best Supporting Actress nominee). Filmed in Kansas and Missouri.

Bring a brown bag or picnic basket and some drinks and stay after the film. Dine at our orange tables in the front gallery, and talk about the film with fellow humans.

SCREENING OF Breslin and Hamill, Deadline Artists

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill’s brilliant, honest and courageous writing defined New York City journalism. For five decades, these colorful columnists and longtime friends spoke for ordinary people and brought passion, wit and literary merit to their reporting on their city and nation. Their writings probed issues of race, class and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully today.d literary merit to their reporting on their city and nation. Their writings probed issues of race, class and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully today.

Following the screening, we will enjoy a Q & A with Producer and Obama biographer Jonathan Alter, in conversation with Paul Savage.

CAPTURING GRACE

SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2019 – 2:00 PM

Description: Capturing Grace is a story about two realms. One is occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world. The other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when those worlds intersect.

Following the screening, Dance for PD founding teacher and program director David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn will discuss the making of Capturing Grace and the intersection of dance and Parkinson’s more broadly. After taking questions from the audience, David will lead a brief, interactive dance activity to wrap up the event.

THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING – THE WATCHMAKER

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2019 – 7:30 PM

 Film #1

The Price of Everything

Directed by Nathaniel Kahn

Description:  With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, The Price of Everything dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a mirror up to our values and our times — where everything can be bought and sold.

 Film #2

The Watchmaker

Directed by Marie-Cécile Embleton

Description: A poetic portrait of an Iranian watchmaker, whose philosophical musings on craft invite us to reflect on how we engage with time in a fast-paced world. Moving between his colorful pared-down home and the streets and windswept marshes of East London, we discover the horologist’s ascetic and beautiful private world.

THE CHALKBOARD CHRONICLES

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Description: 

The Chalkboard Chronicles is a documentary film about a curated art show, which occurred in 1997 in Soho, NYC.

Artist Tom Judd assembled a team of established as well as up-and-coming artists. He created a game where the rules were very simple.

Tom hung 3 chalkboards in the gallery front window of TZ Art at Grand and Wooster Streets. The entire show would be up for 4 weeks. Each week, 3 artists would show up and start work. They each got a chalkboard and some chalk. What they did with those materials was entirely up to them.

SCREENING OF TWO FILMS FOLLOWED BY WINTER PICNIC

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2019 – 7:00 PM

 

Film #1

James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

Directed by Jeffrey Wolf

Description: Born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho -only nine years after that frontier territory was admitted to the Union- James Castle mined the local landscape of his family’s homesteads and his own deeply private world to produce an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions which eventually gained worldwide recognition.

 

Film #2

Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott

Directed by Betsy Bayha

Short Description:

Judith Scott, a deaf woman with Down syndrome, is rescued from an institution by her sister and spends the rest of her life creating objects.

Bring a brown bag or picnic basket and some drinks and stay after the film. Dine at our orange tables in the front gallery, and talk about the film with fellow humans.

PAST FILMYARD EVENTS

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