TURBO KID (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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The Chicago Cinema Society is extremely proud and excited to announce the Chicago Premiere of TURBO KID at Chicago Filmmakers for three screenings starting on August 28th (see bottom of post for specifics)! The debut feature from Canadian filmmaking collective RKSS, TURBO KID is a wild throwback to post-apocalyptic action cinema of the 80s filtered through colorful Saturday morning cartoons and video game box art. Featuring Michael Ironside and a killer synth soundtrack, TURBO KID bursts off the screen with adventure, gore, and heart. Don’t miss one of the most fun and unique movies of the year!

Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic parallel future of 1997, an orphaned teenager called The Kid scavenges the Wasteland searching for relics from a better time (the 80s). During one of his expeditions he meets Apple, a mysterious girl with a rather large secret. As their relationship deepens, they accidentally run afoul of Zeus, the self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland. Zeus, a sadistically droll maniac who murdered The Kid’s parents, now controls the Wasteland’s most precious commodity: fresh water. When Zeus’ gang kidnaps Apple, The Kid joins forces with Frederick, the laconic leader of the legendary Arm-Wrestling Clan. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbo-charged weapon, The Kid must fulfill his ultimate destiny: destroy Zeus, avenge his parents’ death and get the girl of his dreams.
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FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS:

Audience Award – Best Film: Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival
Jury Award – Best Art Direction (International Film): Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival

Audience Award – Midnighters: SXSW Film Festival

Best Director (RKSS): Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival

REVIEWS:

“Perhaps the most colorful film ever made with a postapocalyptic setting, TURBO KID is a loud, energetic homage to Eighties kitsch (though set in 1997) with so much going on that it makes sense that it took three directors (François Simard and Anouk and Yoann-Karl Whissell, aka RKSS or Road Kill Super Stars) to wrangle it all.” – Laura Kern, Film Comment

“TURBO KID is the ultimate midnight movie… RKSS creates a rich, vibrant world and packs it to the brim with fun idiosyncrasies, details and characters.” – Perri Nemiroff, Collider

“A post-apocalyptic homage that’s kitschy on purpose (which is sort of easy), very funny on its own merits (which is not), and actually sort of sweet — which is practically unheard of when you’re dealing with this particular sub-genre.” – Scott Weinberg, Nerdist

“A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations…” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“TURBO KID is insane… feels like no other film in the last decade.” – Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

“TURBO KID is a magical can’t-miss experience that’s like a Saturday morning cartoon turned into an apocalyptic 80s fever-dream… an invigorating adventure that has its phasers set to WOW!” – Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

SCREENING INFORMATION:

TURBO KID
Digital Projection, 93mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Dates:
August 28th at 8:00pm
August 29th at 8:00pm
August 30th at 7:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

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TOKYO TRIBE (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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The Chicago Cinema Society is extremely proud and excited to announce the Chicago Premiere of Sion Sono’s TOKYO TRIBE at Chicago Filmmakers on August 15th and Columbia College on August 19th! This is one of the craziest films of the year: you DO NOT want to miss this one. To say that TOKYO TRIBE is Sion Sono’s most entertaining film is to spectacularly undersell just how insanely fun it actually is. It’s a loud, vibrant, hilarious, bizarre explosion that comes across as an amalgam of Takashi Miike’s V-Cinema gangster movies, Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS, JET SET RADIO, and the constantly floating camera and eye-searing neon color schemes of ENTER THE VOID. Incredible! Check out the trailer below and do not miss it!

 

“In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into ‘hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa (Riki Takeuchi, from Takashi Miike’s Fudoh: The New Generation and Dead or Alive series), the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war.
With Tokyo Tribe, Sono has crafted a cinematic melting pot of madness referencing everything from Walter Hill’s The Warriors and Streets of Fire to Shûji Terayama’s legendary experimental film Emperor Tomato Ketchup, John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, Julien Temple’s Sex Pistols documentaries, the final showdown from Scarface and, of course, West Side Story.

Avoiding the usual fresh young faces of Japanese films, director Sion Sono chose to cast real rappers, tattoo artists and stunt performers in many of the main acting roles, a rebellious move that brings vibrancy and freshness to his outlandish street-fighting epic. Set to a score of bangin’ beats and bizarre rap lyrics, Tokyo Tribe will leave you beat-boxing for more. ”  Colin Geddes – TIFF

TOKYO TRIBE
1st screening:
Digital Projection, 116mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, August 15th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

2nd screening:
Digital Projection, 116mins
Location: Columbia College (Hokin Hall)
600 S Michigan Ave. 60605
Date: Wednesday, August 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Ticket price: $8.00

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DER SAMURAI (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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The Chicago Cinema Society, in association with Chicago Filmmakers, is proud to present the Chicago premiere of the utterly unique film festival hit “Der Samurai” at Chicago Filmmakers on Friday, May 15th. Debut feature director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that follows a young policeman named Jakob working the night shift in a sleepy small town. While trying to track a wolf that has been menacing the locals, Jakob’s investigation is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious man in a ladies’ slip and lipstick, toting a samurai sword and ready to tear the town apart. Completely bizarre and wildly entertaining, “Der Samurai” is a must-see!

Synopsis:

Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, “Der Samurai” is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch. Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf…only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, “Der Samurai” is a horror must-see for the adventurous!

REVIEWS:

“If you find yourself looking towards the fringes with longing, wondering what is lurking in the shadows that surround safe cinema, safe horror, you know what you have to do. Answer the call.” – Joshua Chaplinsky, Twitch

“…you’ll probably ask yourself: Did I really just see that?” – Drew Taylor, The Playlist

“…horror fans hungry for something refreshing and inspired will not want to sleep on this one.” – Patrick Cooper, Bloody Disgusting

“The opening scenes of DER SAMURAI carry that pleasurable feeling that can be hard to come by on the current horror scene: The sense of not knowing at all where the story’s going, but that the filmmaker knows just what he’s doing.” – Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“…will burn in your brain long after the heads, and the credits, have rolled.” – Jon Condit, Dread Central

ALSO SCREENING: The award winning short THE STOMACH!

Synopsis:
Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. Part body horror, part crime thriller, part ghost story, The Stomach is a unique tale of Supernatural Noir.

DER SAMURAI + THE STOMACH
Digital Projection, 79mins + 15mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Friday, May 15th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00
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THE CREEPING GARDEN (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are really excited to be able to bring one of our favorite documentaries from the festival circuit here to Chicago. We will be hosting two screenings, one on April 4th and the second on April 8th (see the very bottom of this post for all specifics). (UPDATE: additional screening on 4/19) A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. The Creeping Garden is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat

The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat. Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology. With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

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REVIEWS:

‘Stupendously fascinating and individualistic documentary masterpiece… see it and be forever altered.’

Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival

‘The Creeping Garden is, cinematically, the reflection of its subject… a masterpiece… An absolute must ‐ see.’

Joseph Elfassi, Voir Montreal

‘The movie hums as if it was shot by aliens visiting Earth for the first time, and that’s a high compliment.’

Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

‘Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you’re some way to understanding The Creeping Garden.’

James Marsh, Twitchfilm

‘An out-of-left-field nerdy delight’

John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

‘An enthralling delve into the world of plasmodial slime moulds deserving to be served up at a series of other festivals… A unique documentary to be sure.’

Mark Adams, Screen International

‘An essential reminder of how smart docs about peculiar subjects can be as entertaining as any psycho thriller… Who knew fungal gunk could be so rapturous to behold?’

Steve Dollar, Indiewire

‘This is a documentary that transcends its form and creeps, mold-like, into your subconscious. And so far as unusual experiences go, The Creeping Garden is one I’d recommend wholeheartedly.’

BloodyUnderrated.net

‘A gorgeously careful film, this thing is beyond fascinating. A must-see.’

David Bradford, Forget The Box.net

SCREENING INFORMATION

THE CREEPING GARDEN
1st screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, April 4th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

2nd screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Hokin Hall at Columbia College
623 S Wabash Ave. 60605
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 6:30pm
Ticket price: $8.00

Additional screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Sunday, April 19th
Time: 7:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

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THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (Chicago premiere) with Director Andrew Leavold in attendance hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

weng wengWe are so excited to be hosting the Chicago premiere of THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG on December 12th with our friends at Chicago Filmmakers. We are even more excited that Director Andrew Leavold will be flying in from Australia and will be in attendance to introduce the film with a Q&A after the screening. We here at the Chicago Cinema Society have been big fans of the few films that Weng Weng has starred in and had been waiting anxiously for this documentary as we, too, were curious as to what had happened to this almost mythical individual. Leavold’s journey to the Philippines with barely any leads on Weng Weng’s  possible whereabouts is incredible. Do not miss this amazing documentary!

Synopsis:

One night in 1996, Australian cult video store owner turned guerrilla filmmaker Andrew Leavold dreamt he was in the Philippines directing a documentary about Weng Weng, the two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond. Ten years later, he’s actually in Manila making a deal with the forces of chaos and following his two decade obsession to its logical conclusion.

It’s just the beginning of a very strange adventure, and as fate would have it, it’s all captured on film. As for Weng Weng: he remains an enigma even to those who worked with him. His reign as the midget Agent 00 was an outrageous novelty that plucked him from complete obscurity and returned him just as quickly. What was he like? When and how did he pass away? In a country of 80 million people, it seems the truth about Weng Weng has slipped between the cracks forever.

“THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG” leapfrogs from one eccentric character to the next – directors, producers, actors, stuntmen, dwarf waiters, even Imelda Marcos herself, each one with a unique place in Filipino cinema – all the while dismantling the country’s greatest filmic urban legend. Proving reality sometimes really is stranger than fiction, it’s part detective story, part forgotten B film history, and part surreal Quest for the Holy Grail – that is, if the Grail is a two foot nine superstar called Weng Weng.

THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Digital Projection, 96mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Friday, December 12th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

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I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are incredibly excited to be hosting the Chicago premiere of the hit on the film festival circuit, I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS. Too unique, too weird, too unconventionally hilarious and simply too amazing to ever be produced with anything other than the microbudget it was made on, I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS is exactly the sort of film that illustrates why underground outsider cinema remains essential in 2014. Show us a work with more oddball personality this year, we challenge you. Shot on a budget of just $12,000 on 24P mini DV beginning in 2007 and emerging from post-production only this year, it’s driven by a very strange style of straight-faced absurdist humour, sort of reminiscent of TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB!, if any comparison has to be drawn. However, this is something that exists entirely on an island of its own, the toothpicks-and-bubblegum, no-budget aesthetics further enhancing the film’s gonzo charm. In fact, they’re a key part of its comedic tapestry.

Synopsis:

International Europop star Bené is holed up at a secret Los Angeles location, in hiding after a fatwa has been taken out on him via the dreaded FatwaList.com website. All he knows is that the fatwa was taken out by a figure with the user name “iluvtennis127”, whose profile pic is a shot of his hand with a face drawn on it. Bené is haunted by the memory of his girlfriend Baguette who was recently killed by a suicide bomber bomber (“I’ll kill that suicide bomber”). Unfortunately, Baguette was not a very interesting person, and she did all the things normal people would do, so every mundane item and activity reminds him of her. With him in the safe house is frustrated manager/security Beefy (Will Crest), who does his best to keep the awkward pop star safe — and occupied. Bené spends his time in all kinds of strange ways, making uproarious contemplations, getting into gut-bustingly bizarre circular arguments, writing songs, dealing with nosy neighbors, whipping up disguises in order to go outside and — oh yeah — fighting off the odd militarily trained super-soldier.

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Writer/producer/director/composer/editor/sound designer/star Bennett Jones — who also sings a number of impossibly great and preposterous songs — is a gobsmackingly original voice. He shaped his “terribly serious and ridiculous” Bené character over years of standup comedy performances and has emerged with a genuinely special creation. All kinds of weird and wonderful beats pop up from out of nowhere, hysterically funny lines are deadpanned into instant immortality (the banter between Jones and Crest is absolute comic gold), rugged animation, lo-fi psychedelia, crazy catchy electropop, nutzoid backstories and the odd burst of eccentric action and destruction collide to make this a film truly unlike anything else on the planet. (thanks to Mitch Davis of Fantasia International Film Festival for the write up!)

I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS
Digital Projection, 84mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00 in advance and can be purchased by clicking onto this sentence.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Fatal Frame: Avant-Garde Horror on 16mm at Co-Prosperity Sphere.

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In collaboration with the Co-Prosperity Sphere, South Side Projections and the Chicago Cinema Society present Fatal Frame, a program of avant-garde horror films. Following H.P. Lovecraft’s supposition that “The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” these films hinge on uncanny enigmas, favoring existential terror over cheap thrills and grotesque monsters. And we’re presenting them all on glorious 16mm film.

Watson and Webber’s The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, 13 min.) gives Poe’s tale of madness the German Expressionist treatment, courtesy of bold shadows and prismatic effects. Equal parts Mario Bava and Marquis de Sade, Peggy Ahwesh’s Nocturne (1998, 30 min.) is sadomasochistic thriller about the violence of dreams. Curtis Harrington’s On the Edge (1949, 6 min.) concerns a mysterious figure trapped in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and includes a soundtrack by experimental composer Charles Ives. Assembled after her death by Anthology Film Archives, Mara Deren’s surreal masterpiece The Witch’s Cradle (1943, 12 min.) uses an abstract sculpture installation as the backdrop for occult rituals (with a cameo appearance by Marcel Duchamp). Finally, Victor Faccinto’s Book of the Dead (1978, 16 min.) is reminiscent of Méliès’ satanic shorts, featuring sleight-of-hand magic tricks and ghoulish animations.

Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Ave.
When: Thursday, October 30 at 7pm
How much: $7 admission

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METRO MANILA (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are incredibly proud to the hosting the Chicago Premiere of one of our most favorite films of 2013, METRO MANILA, with our good friends at Chicago Filmmakers! This screening will be on October 11th at 8:00pm (details below). METRO MANILA has received many accolades and we are so excited to be able to bring this film to Chicago.

Winner of the Sundance Audience Award 2013

 

British Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards

 

“Quietly brilliant . . . Poetic and near perfect” – Empire

 

“A smartly structured and atmospheric crime film” – Screen

 

“Beautiful with superb twists” – The Guardian

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Synopsis:

Following a disastrous crop failure that all but destroys them, Northern Philippine rice farmers Oscar (Jake Macapagal) and Mai (Althea Vega) relocate to the Metro Manila region with their two infant daughters, hoping to start anew. They first move to Quezon City, but are almost immediately taken advantage of and robbed of the meagre savings they’d managed to hold onto. Now in a state of outright poverty, the family moves to a decrepit shack in the slums as a temporary step until things look up. Fate semi-smiles on Oscar when his military history impresses a former cop named Ong (John Arcilla) at a job interview. Ong takes an immediate shine to the desperate farmer and the two become partners, driving a heavily armoured car in some of Manila’s most dangerous areas, picking up lockboxes and perpetually looking over each other’s shoulders, chilled with the knowledge that a lethal robbery attempt could explode at any moment. Ong knows that last part all too well, having recently been wounded in a brutal holdup that left his partner dead. What seemed like a blessed opportunity opens up into predatory arteries of deceit and corruption. Oscar and his family are about to become caught up in every terrible thing that Manila has to offer.

An absorbing slow-burn thriller that took home an audience award at 2013 Sundance in 2013, METRO MANILA casts an illuminating gaze on the struggles of migrant families treading water amidst the dark underbelly of Filipino mean streets. It’s a riveting human drama and one of the most realistic and tense crime films in recent years. Oscar-nominated director/co-writer Sean Ellis (THE BROKEN), a U.K. national shooting on unfamiliar ground with the most uncanny naturalism and ease, pulls you intimately into his characters’ plights from the opening beats and never lets you go. His direction is perfect — and brilliantly put together — always one step ahead of the audience, twisting things off into places most unexpected with an agility that will amaze you. It’s phenomenal filmmaking. It is a film that explores both the moral compromises forced by poverty and the cutthroat social dynamics that make bad choices all but inevitable. Above it all, it’s a film about devotion and family, driven by the highest stakes, underscored with equal measures of hope and violence. You will be transfixed. (Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival)

METRO MANILA
Digital Projection, 115mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, October 11th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00 in advance and can be purchased by clicking onto this sentence.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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TOY MASTERS (Sneak Preview Screening) with filmmakers in attendance hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are incredibly excited to be hosting a sneak preview screening of the amazing HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE documentary TOY MASTERS “The Real Story Behind the Greatest Toy Line ever Created …” with our friends at Chicago Filmmakers! Also, for this screening, director Roger Lay Jr. and producer Corey Landis will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film! This will be on August 16th, 8:00pm at Chicago Filmmakers!

There is not a formal trailer as of yet but here is a 7:49 minute preview (Note that this is an older preview and the film is still being re-worked and edited.):

Synopsis:

Chances are, if you were a young fantasy nut growing up in the early ’80s, you had a collection of Mattel’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys piled high in your bedroom, you grooved to the animated Filmation cartoon series and even waited on line for Cannon’s ill-fated movie version, starring a well-oiled Dolph Lundgren. TOY MASTERS is the first-ever feature-length documentary on the world-wide phenomenon that inspired an entire generation of kids and grossed over a billion dollars in the then-booming boys’ toys market. Nor can we forget to mention the immensely popular HE-MAN cartoon shows that had school kids running home every day to watch the muscle-bulging Prince Adam (designed to make Schwarzenegger look like a “wimp”) battle skull-faced nemesis Skeletor.

But He-Man’s biggest struggles took place behind the scenes, which TOY MASTERS divulges in fascinating, hilarious and revealing details. Over the last 30 years, several former Mattel employees, namely preliminary designer Roger Sweet, visual designer Mark Taylor and marketing executive Paul Cleveland, all claim to be responsible for creating these beloved characters and product line. In TOY MASTERS, childhood He-Man fans-turned-filmmakers Roger Lay Jr. and Corey Landis set out to track down every single player in the development and production of the mega-selling toy line in order to get to the bottom of this decades-old rivalry and bitter clash over credit. But that’s not all — TOY MASTERS features interviews with the key creative personnel behind every version of those action figures and all other incarnations of Masters of the Universe (television, film, stage, print and even cheesy strip-mall appearances!), thus tracing the inception and ups and downs of the fantasy juggernaut. Everyone involved in the 30-year history of this franchise turns up in TOY MASTERS, including such genre luminaries as J. Michael Straczyski (BABYLON 5), FX Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (STAR WARS), movie concept artist William Stout (CONAN THE BARBARIAN), Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer (a hoot!), MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie director Gary Goddard, the animated show’s key voice cast and many others. In TOY MASTERS, you will learn that the fight for the universe pales in comparison to the one waged for creative acknowledgment.

Do not miss a very rare chance to see this amazing film! Here is all of the info:

TOY MASTERS
Digital Projection ~90mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, August 16th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00 in advance and can be purchased by clicking onto this sentence.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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ACROSS THE RIVER (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are incredibly excited to be hosting the Chicago Premiere of the wonderful Italian atmospheric horror film ACROSS THE RIVER with our wonderful friends over at Chicago Filmmakers. This screening will be on June 7th at 8pm. For more information, here is the synopsis:

“A wildlife biologist has set up a variety of trophy cameras along a path in the remote Italian mountains. Living alone in a cabin, he collects data daily, reviewing footage, studying animal behaviour and their tracks, on the hunt for ever-elusive wild beasts. Occasionally, strange items appear, such as a beautiful piece of cloth flowing down the river, from what appears to have been a dress. One day, he takes his camper further down the road and ventures past the river, which traps him unknowingly on its opposite shore. Wandering deeper and deeper within the forest, an abandoned village catches his attention, and what he discovers within its walls, lurking at night, unseen, is far more unnerving than he could have imagined. The darkness engulfs him. Meanwhile, an old man watches over it all, guardian of a terrible secret.”

One of the most downright efficient, atmospheric horror film of 2013 and a chilling discovery from Italy, ACROSS THE RIVER prioritizes a slow-building, intense crescendo approach to its atmosphere of disorientation and dread, forsaking cheap scares for the sake of terrific sound design, carefully placed shadows and rustling leaves. Thrusting you deeper and deeper into the clutches of his dark, otherworldly woods, director Lorenzo Bianchini offers an almost dialogue-less hybrid of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (without it being subjective found footage) and INTO THE WILD, pulling you into the supernatural wilderness one discovery at a time, insidiously even, until you are, like his protagonist, completely trapped and at the mercy of what lies within. The unique infrared wildlife footage peppered throughout takes on a vividly evocative quality, as uncanny images of the wilderness are produced, forcing you to wonder as to what is really there. A classical horror tale spun from the interstices of man and his digital technologies as confronted with the (super)natural world of yore, ACROSS THE RIVER is a brilliant opposition of new and old narratives, building towards a downright terrifying finale. Wander, wonder and dare cross the river, you will be glad you did. (Thanks to Ariel Esteban Cayer of Fantasia and Pop Montreal for the write up!)

Do not miss this special ,one night only, opportunity to see this wonderful Italian horror film. Here is all of the info:

ACROSS THE RIVER
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, June 7th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $7.00 at door

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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  • UPCOMING SCREENINGS

    8/15: TOKYO TRIBE at Chicago Filmmakers at 8:00pm

    8/19: TOKYO TRIBE at Columbia College (Hokin Hall) at 6:30pm