The Third Annual Chicago United Film Festival
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The last date listed for The Chicago United Film Festival was Thursday September 15, 2011 / 7:00pm (Sixteen Candles).
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Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) stars in this Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare's political thriller Coriolanus, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live, the series that brings the best of British theater to movie screens worldwide. Coriolanus, Rome's greatest warrior, displays a stubborn hubris that spurs him in battle but alienates the common people at home when he becomes a politician. Raised to be a hero by his prideful mother, Coriolanus refuses to compromise, even to save his own life. Exiled from his country, the warrior returns to what he knows best, vowing to take bloody revenge on the people who rejected him. Only the love and conviction of his family can overcome his hunger for vengeance and save Rome from its former hero. This is a screening of the London theater production that was taped for broadcast. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Gare.Chicago
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This was the final night of the festival, and as such, they like to play homage to the city that they're in (they are in other cities as well. For Chicago, they played "Sixteen Candles", which - what can you say - it's an 80's classic. You can't go wrong with this movie.
I love the Music Box, and wasn't aware that they had a smaller, ancillary theater to the side. It was actually very small and cozy. The only downside was that my date had to cancel.. sigh! The night would have been so much better. Oh well!
Quotes & Highlights
- Learn more about the films and watch trailers here.
Friday, September 9, 2011 at 7:00pm
Director: Michael Barnett
A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters don masks and homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.
Playing with: Greenboy, Banana Bread
Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:30pm
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade
Director: Lincoln Ruchti
1982’s Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.
Friday, September 9, 2011 at Midnight
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Director: John Landis
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.
Playing with: 40 Years
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Noon
Director: Van Maximilian Carlson
Bhopali documents the survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.
Playing with: 3 Hours
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 2:00pm
Director: David Jeffery, Philip Neel
Lesson Plan is a documentary featuring interviews of the original students and teacher of the 1967 Third Wave experiment. This exercise in fascism took place in Palo Alto, California. Within one week, 30 students grew to 200 as the Third Wave took on a life of its own, and the students unwittingly re-enacted the roots of the Third Reich.
Playing with: When I Was Young, Micky Bader
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 7:00pm
Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians
Director: Bryan Storkel
Follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?
Playing with: Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!!
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:30pm
Eagles in the Chicken Coop
Director: Brent Florence
A team of investigative documentarians set out to follow the making of a late night, made-for-television Mature Movie, to capture an inside look at mainstream American movie practices and sensibilities at their lowest. As the production spins out of control, the team of friends sidesteps the studios contractual demands of sex and nuance, risking their jobs, in a game of cat-and-mouse, scraping to protect the 'important' love story they believe The Lone Rancher can provide.
Playing with: The Sandwich Movie, BAM! Burger Jam
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Midnight
Child’s Play (1988)
Director: Tom Holland
Young Andy Barclay gets the doll he wanted. However, he did not know it was alive!
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 1:00pm
Beware of Christians
Director: Will Bakke
Four college students travel to Europe to escape their routine faith and gain a radically new perspective on following Jesus.
Playing with: Eleven, Stay With Me Jesus
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:30pm
Stepping Into the Fire
Director: Ross Evison, Roberto Velez
What if the life you lived, the wealth you earned, the possessions you attained, were a deception? What if the answers to all of life's questions were planted deep within the Amazons of Peru? This story takes you on a journey towards the discovery of life's purpose. Step into the fire and you may just find what you've been searching for all along.
Playing with: The Philosopher
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6:00pm
Director: Paul Brown
Based on true events, Heaven's Rain recounts the story of the Douglass family, whose lives were irrevocably changed one evening 30 years ago. The son, after becoming an Oklahoma State Senator and authoring groundbreaking victims' rights legislation, is forced to move forward from his past.
Playing with: The Lucky One, Bottle
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 8:30pm
Director: Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi
This insightful documentary follows the sanitized movie industry from inception to collapse. Starting with Kate Winslet's nudity in Titanic and the Mormon culture that didn't want to see it, the film launches into the numerous legal and theoretical debates that led to a DGA lawsuit involving industry titans.
Playing with: Fu(nd) This!
Monday, September 12, 2011 at 9:30pm
White Irish Drinkers
Director: John Gray
Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.
Playing with: The Interview
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 7:00pm
The Drummond Will
Director: Alan Butterworth
The Drummond Will follows estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond as they find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous undertaking to unravel the mystery surrounding their father’s very unlikely wealth.
Playing with: Weirdo, Write of Passage
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 9:30pm
The Dead Inside
Director: Travis Betz
The Dead Inside is a haunting musical about two artists, Wes and Fi, who have misplaced their muse. When Fi begins to show signs of schizophrenia, Wes finds inspiration in her deterioration. When it turns out she is actually possessed, he must choose between the woman he loves and the evil intruder that inspires him.
Playing with: Home
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 7:00pm
Director: Conrad Jackson
The story of Elliot Carson on the day before he has surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot’s path intersects with Chloe Webb who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city. But as morning approaches, and Chloe learns of Elliot’s condition, the magic of the evening unravels, and they must together face the uncertainty of Elliot’s future.
Playing with: Kiss, A Shining Light
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 9:30pm
Colin Hearts Kay
Director: Sebastian Conley
When Brooklyn-based cartoonist Colin Jensen breaks up with longtime girlfriend Kay Ho, he pulls out all stops to win her back including dragging her into the illustrated world of his cartoons.
Playing with: Post-Nup: CSI, Dinner Party, My Friend Peter
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00pm
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Director: John Hughes
A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 9:30pm
Weird Science (1985)
Director: John Hughes
Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.