Having traveled over hill, dale, oceans, and international borders over the past couple years, I've become a very big fan of the film festival scene. However, for the second year in a row, The Doc doesn't have to travel any further than his own backyard to get that special slice of pre-release big-screen cinematic goodness. It's time again for the Chicago Critics Film Festival, taking place May 9 - 15 at the historic Music Box Theatre!
Created in 2013 by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), with a program that included Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, Emily Hagins’ Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Katie Aselton’s Black Rock, Jonathan Levine’s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Jason Lapeyre & Robert Wilson’s I Declare War, James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, and the remastered director’s cut of William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the Chicago Critics Film Festival offers another cornucopia of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers. The CCFF is the ONLY current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival (Go Chicago!!!), showcasing works from around the globe and from all genres.
For horror fans, this year's lineup features some impressive Windy City debuts, including Housebound (which recently won the Audience Award at Scotland's Dead By Dawn Festival), Bobcat Goldthwait's found-footage Bigfoot flick Willow Creek, Tommy Wirkola's follow-up to his 2009 Nazi zombie hit, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and Elijah Drenner's celebration of the life and career of one of Hollywood's best-loved character actors, That Guy Dick Miller (shown as a double feature with Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood, one of Miller's rare leading turns).
David Wain, Bobcat Goldthwait, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, David Dastmalchian, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Collin Schiffli and Dick Miller are among the special guests slated to attend.
Festival passes and individual tickets can be acquired by visiting the Music Box box office or online HERE
FILM PASS PRICES
$150 = Full Festival Pass + Closing Night Party (May 9-15)
$100 = Weekend Pass (Fri-Sun – May 9-11)
$75 = Weekday Pass + Closing Night Party (Mon-Thurs – May 12-15)
INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES:
To learn more about the Chicago Critics Film Festival, or the individual films, visit http://chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com
Full Schedule below:
Fri, May 9
7:00pm They Came Together (2014) d. David Wain, starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Cobie Smulders
9:30pm Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) d. Mike Myers (yes, that Mike Myers) (documentary)
***12:00am Housebound (2014) d. Gerard Johnstone, starring Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
Sat, May 10
1:50pm Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 1, featuring Cruising Electric, Butter Lamp, Seawolf (pictured), Godka Cirka – Hole In the Sky, Yearbook, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, and Choreography
3:45pm Copenhagen (2013) d. Mark Raso, starring Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen
5:45pm The One I Love (2014) d. Charlie McDowell, starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
7:45pm Calvary (2014) d. John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly
***9:45pm Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014) d. Tommy Wirkola, starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer
12:00am The Congress (2013) d. Ari Folman, starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm
Sun, May 11
2:45pm 10,000 KM (2013) d. Carlos Marques-Marcet, starring Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer (Spanish with English subtitles)
5:00pm The Overnighters (2014) d. Jesse Moss
***7:00pm That Guy Dick Miller (2014) d. Elijah Drenner (documentary)
A Bucket of Blood (1960) d. Roger Corman, starring Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
10:30pm Mood Indigo (2013) d. Michel Gondry, starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh
Mon, May 12
5:00pm Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 2, featuring Peepers, I’m a Mitzvah, Crime Stories: The Series (pictured), The Cut, Notes on Blindness, and Londoners.
7:00pm I Origins (2014) d. Mike Cahill, starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
9:30pm Frequencies (2014) d. Darren Paul Fisher, starring Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn
Tue, May 13
5:00pm Private Violence (2013) d. Cynthia Hill (documentary)
7:00pm Nick Offerman: American Ham (2014) d. Jordan Vogt-Roberts
9:35pm Starred Up (2014) d. David Mackenzie, starring Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
Wed, May 14
5:00pm Mystery Road (2013) d. Ivan Sen, starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten
***7:30pm Willow Creek (2013) d. Bobcat Goldthwait, starring Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson
9:45pm El Critico (2013) d. Hernán Gerschun, Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin (Spanish with English subtitles)
Thu, May 15
4:45pm I Put a Hit on You (2014) d. Dane Clark / Linsey Stewart, starring Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning
6:30pm Obvious Child (2014) directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman
8:30pm Animals (2014) d. Collin Schiffli, starring David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard
See you at the show!