The Last Waltz, The Last Dispatch Wrap the Summer Music Film Festival
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Written, directed by and co-starring James Franco, the intense period drama Child of God gets a sneak-preview screening, followed by an HD broadcast of a post-show Q&A with the multi-hyphenate filmmaker, moderated by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers. Franco's big-screen adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel features Scott Haze (As I Lay Dying, Bukowski) and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) in the story of a violent, dispossessed man in '60s-era, small town Appalachia. The New York Film Critics Series brings exciting first looks at the latest indie movies, along with broadcasts of interactive Q&As with stars and filmmakers, to theaters across the country. Past series highlights have included special appearances by Woody Harrelson, Anne Heche, Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, Sigourney Weaver and many others. Learn More
July 26, 5:30pm: CIMMfest Shorts Program B
The Chicago International Music and Movies Fest (CIMMfest) presents a mix of music videos, films about music, and films inspired by music by local and international artists and directors.
July 26, 7:30pm: *_The Last Dispatch *_
Helmut Schleppi, 2005, 90m
Filmmaker Helmut Schleppi shadows the indie rock band Dispatch in the 12 days leading up to their 2004 farewell concert in Boston, an event that drew more than 100,000 people to hear them play. Part of the drama inherent in this rockumentary is the fact that the band — which, during its nine years on the indie rock scene, was never signed by a label and never experienced traditional success — was expecting a modest crowd — but instead drew the largest crowd in independent music history. Dispatch has reunited twice since this farewell concert and is currently touring. They had two concerts in Chicago during June 2011, and both are reported to have sold out.
July 26, 9:30pm: *The Last Waltz *
Martin Scorsese, 1978, 117m
On Thanksgiving Day 1976, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese was among more than 5,000 cheering fans gathered for the historic farewell concert of the Band, the pioneering country-tinged rock band formed in 1960. Scorsese later edited the concert footage to create this documentary, interspersing band interviews with performances by legends such as Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris.