Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 27 young Angelenos intersect. Inspired by a spoken-word showcase featuring 25 diverse high school performers, Carlos López Estrada (BLINDSPOTTING, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON) proposed a collaboration to develop the performers’ work into a loose, interconnected narrative, encouraging the non-actors to express themselves and their relationship to their city.

With its Slacker-inspired structure, fanciful form, and exuberant magical realism, SUMMERTIME is a freeverse poem—of, by, and for the young poets radiating vitality, honesty, and profound emotion. By the time they wind up together in a tricked-out mega-limo overlooking the city, we believe in what their crazy, creative togetherness represents: hope. As the driver says, “Y’all got a pocket full of dreams, so don’t let me down.” R (for language) / 95 min.

08/06/21   @   7:00pm                    08/08/21   @   3:00pm

08/08/21   @   7:00pm

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Dusty Groove


In this new documentary, Chicago vinyl buyer Rick Wojcik walks us into the homes – and stories – of strangers, digging their jazz, soul and hip-hop records, purchasing their once-prized possessions. Each seller shares a common reason: they face a major life transition. The film is a collection of intimate narratives, akin to a record album of songs. About love, loss, and our deep connection to music. NR (contains some language) / 84 min.

Filmmaker Danielle Beverly will host this free-to-attend screening, sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

08/07/21   @   7:00pm

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The feature documentary Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, who was the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a difficult (some would say impossible) person but was also the man who kicked art films into the mainstream with outrageous marketing schemes and pure bluster. Rugoff’s impact on cinema culture in the United States is inestimable, and his influence on the art film business—from the studio classics divisions to the independent film movement to the rise of the Weinsteins—is undeniable. 

Yet, mysteriously, Rugoff has become a virtually forgotten figure. The story is told through the eyes of former employee Ira Deutchman, who sets out to find the truth about the man who had such a major impact on his life, and to understand how such an important figure could have disappeared so completely. NR / 94 min.

08/13/21   @   7:00pm                    08/14/21   @   3:00pm

08/14/21   @   7:00pm                    08/15/21   @   3:00pm

08/15/21   @   7:00pm

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