WBEZ | Gene Siskel Film Center http://www.wbez.org/content/gene-siskel-film-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Festival of New Spanish Cinema http://www.wbez.org/festival-new-spanish-cinema-105505 <p><p>Pragda, Gene Siskel Film Center and Instituto Cervantes Chicago announce the return of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, bringing the best in contemporary Spanish Cinema to North America. This year marks the fifth edition of the popular traveling festival, known for shining a light on emerging Spanish filmmaking talents and trends. &nbsp;All screenings will be part of the EU Film Festival that takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This is the last stop for this installment of the festival, which saw screenings in Seattle, Ottawa, Washington DC, Houston, Miami, Edmonton, Vancouver, Portland, and Puerto Rico.</p><div>&ldquo;We have hand-picked the best films Spain has to offer, from our favorite directors such as <strong>Jaume Balagueró</strong>, <strong>Isaki Lacuesta</strong> and <strong>David Trueba</strong>, to the showcase of the impressive feature film debut from first-time director <strong>Paco Leon</strong>. They are not to be missed,&rdquo; says <strong>Marta Sanchez</strong>, founder of Pragda and main organizer behind the event. &ldquo;We are very excited to include the program within the EU Film Festival for the first time, and we expect to impress audiences with the different styles of film making &lsquo;made in Spain&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Purchase your tickets <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets">here.</a></div></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/festival-new-spanish-cinema-105505 Black Harvest Film Festival 2012 http://www.wbez.org/black-harvest-film-festival-2012-101867 <p><p>Join Vocalo&#39;s Brian Babylon and director Ken Wyatt to watch Ken&#39;s &quot;Colored Confederates: Myth or Matter of Fact?&quot; as well as &quot;White Scripts and Black Supermen,&quot; which revisits the comic books of Jonathan Gayles&#39;&nbsp;boyhood with a critical eye to the superheroes that were shaped by racial stereotypes.&nbsp;</p><div>A part of Gene Siskel Film Center&#39;s <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/white-scripts-black-supermen">18th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival</a>, enjoy the films and then join in a lively post discussion. The Film Center demonstrates &quot;The commitment, imagination, and creativity of independent directors from throughout the U.S. and the world bring stories and images of the black experience to life. As always, filmmakers from the Chicago area are especially front and center in our festival, and filmmaker appearances abound.&quot;</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/whitescripts.jpg" title="" /></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/black-harvest-film-festival-2012-101867 THIS IS NOT A FILM http://www.wbez.org/not-film-98074 <p><p>Smuggled out of Iran in a cake for its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this self-declared non-film (call it a reality show) captures Iranian director Panahi (THE CIRCLE, OFFSIDE) in sly passive-resistance defiance of the authorities that have shackled him with a six-year prison term and a 20-year ban on filmmaking.</p><p>With the help of documentary filmmaker Mirtahmasb and consumer-grade cameras, Panahi becomes the artist-alchemist who converts the long hours of his house arrest into an arresting cinema of the mind plotted out in words and gestures in his living room. The film’s finale, set on the night of Persian New Year’s Eve, is breathtaking in its resonance. In Persian with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (BS)</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/thisisnotafilm">Click here</a> to view a trailer, purchase tickets, and learn more about the film.</p><p><i>A panel discussion follows the 6:00 pm screening on Sunday,moderated by Steve Bynum, senior producer of</i> Worldview <i>on WBEZ 91.5, and including Prof. Hamid Naficy of Northwestern University, author of the four-volume</i> A Social History of Iranian Cinema<i>, and Milos Stehlik, founder/director of Facets Multimedia, and a regular commentator on film on</i> Worldview.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/not-film-98074 ENEMY ALIEN http://www.wbez.org/enemy-alien-98075 <p><p>ENEMY ALIEN follows the troubling case of New York Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti, one of more than 1,200 American Muslim immigrants arrested and imprisoned on mere speculation in the wake of 9/11.</p><p>Filmmaker Aderer, whose mother was born in a Japanese internment camp, was galvanized into action by comparing the pattern of repeating history, as the Department of Homeland Security extends efforts to persecute and segregate Arabs.</p><p>In prison, Abdel-Muhti suffers prolonged abuse by authorities for maintaining his innocence, and his struggle becomes an inspiration to those seeking to protect the rights of minorities. In English. DigiBeta video.</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/enemy-alien">Click here</a> to view a trailer, purchase tickets, and learn more about the film.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/enemy-alien-98075 ENEMY ALIEN http://www.wbez.org/enemy-alien-98076 <p><p>ENEMY ALIEN follows the troubling case of New York Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti, one of more than 1,200 American Muslim immigrants arrested and imprisoned on mere speculation in the wake of 9/11.</p><p>Filmmaker Aderer, whose mother was born in a Japanese internment camp, was galvanized into action by comparing the pattern of repeating history, as the Department of Homeland Security extends efforts to persecute and segregate Arabs.</p><p>In prison, Abdel-Muhti suffers prolonged abuse by authorities for maintaining his innocence, and his struggle becomes an inspiration to those seeking to protect the rights of minorities. In English. DigiBeta video.</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/enemy-alien">Click here</a> to view a trailer, purchase tickets, and learn more about the film.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/enemy-alien-98076 Chicago Premiere of A PERFECT SOLDIER http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-30/chicago-premiere-perfect-soldier <p><p>The perfect soldier is the land mine, which never needs food, water, or rest, nor has a conscience; millions of them remain undetonated in Cambodia. Not quite as perfect were the child soldiers conscripted by the Khmer Rouge in its war against Vietnam. Aki Ra, a living legend in Cambodia, was one of the latter, and he himself planted many of those mines. This moving documentary recounts his struggle to make amends by devoting his life to disarming mines, training others to do so, and opening a unique museum devoted to those perfect soldiers.<br> <br> 2010, John Severson, Cambodia/USA, 56 min.HDCAM video. (Description courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center.)<br> <br> Presented in partnership with WBEZ 91.5 FM, as part of Global Activism Expo 2011. Chicago-based director John Severson and producer/editor Jonathan Lacocque will be present for audience discussion following the film.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/event/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-12/DEC_gsfc_saic_spring09-TP.jpg" title="" width="240" height="75"></p></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:34:09 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-30/chicago-premiere-perfect-soldier Chicago Premiere of CULTURES OF RESISTANCE http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-29/chicago-premiere-cultures-resistance <p><p>Living in Lebanon during the 2006 Israeli bombardment led activist filmmaker Iara Lee (BENEATH THE BORQA, SYNTHETIC PLEASURES) to redouble her efforts to focus on the ways the arts can function as powerfully subversive weapons of peace. In this engaging documentary she traverses five continents to explore vibrantly effective movements that counter tyranny and violence with music and dance, including a look at the flourishing hip hop culture in Iran that flies in the face of government repression.<br> <br> 2010, Iara Lee, USA, 73 min. In English, Arabic, Burmese, Xhosa, Persian, French, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese with English subtitles.&nbsp; HDCAM video. (Description courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center.)<br> <br> Presented in partnership with WBEZ 91.5 FM, as part of Global Activism Expo 2011. A panel discussion moderated by WBEZ's Alison Cuddy to explore the work of several Chicagoans involved in art as activism follows the screening.&nbsp;</p><p>Panelists will include:<br> <strong>Leslie Thomas</strong>, Executive and Creative Director of <a href="http://www.artworksprojects.org/">ARTWORKS Projects</a> whose mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights and environmental issues.&nbsp; ARTWORKS Projects will be one of the featured organizations at WBEZ’s Global Activism Expo 2011 on Saturday, April 30, 2011.<br> <br> <strong>Kitty Kurth</strong> is President of Kurth Lampe, an international public relations and political consulting firm which has been working with clients to create peace and social and political change through the Arts since the 1980's.<br> <br> <strong>Che 'Rhymefest' Smith</strong> is a Hip-Hop Artist and Community Activist (self-proclaimed Raptivist) who ran for Alderman in the 20th Ward here in Chicago; he was narrowly defeated by incumbent Willie Cochran in the April 5th, 2011 runoff election. Rhymefest is a Grammy-award winning artist who is known by many for the political and sociological commentary in his raps, and his activism has led to work with politicians around the world including the current prime minister of the UK, David Cameron.<br> <br> <strong>Alison Cuddy</strong> (moderator) is the host of WBEZ’s award-winning weekday newsmagazine <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.&nbsp; Alison joined the staff of WBEZ in August 2001 as associate producer for the nationally-syndicated program <em>Odyssey</em>. In addition to the daily program, Alison produced<em> Odyssey</em>’s live specials, including the two-hour "Dissent and Democracy in Chicago." Prior to joining WBEZ, Alison worked in the Immigration Department of ThoughtWorks, Inc. in Chicago, and was an adjunct professor at DePaul University as well as a teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/event/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-12/DEC_gsfc_saic_spring09-TP.jpg" title="" width="240" height="75"></p></p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:19:26 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-29/chicago-premiere-cultures-resistance