Ladies & Gentlemen, please join us from your homes for the Living Room Film Festival. We are still curating programming for our audiences, with the bonus that you no longer need to be in Normal, IL to buy a ticket from our box office and see a film on our schedule. We are working with our distribution partners to provide virtual screenings of films that are still in their theatrical runs. These are films you can’t yet buy via an on-demand service - in any other time, you’d have to go to the theater to see them. But given that our brick & mortar location is closed down at the moment, it’s kinda like we’re moving our screen to your house. Pretty cool, eh?
Films will open on a Friday and run for two weeks, and our plan is to always have four distinctly different titles running. We’re partnering with a lot of different distributors on these, which means there will be a few different ways of accessing the films; instructions on how to watch the film once you have purchased your virtual ticket are listed with each title.
Please note that we are not hosting these films ourselves, so we are not able to provide technical support directly. Each distributor has a customer support email listed for their films, and have been very quick to respond.
So get the popcorn popping, and dim the lights. And if you happen to have blue & red neon tubes running the length of your ceiling, make sure you flip those off once the trailers are over. "And now, our Feature Presentation..."
CREEM: AMERICA'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL MAGAZINE
This new documentary rips back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine's wild and disruptive newsroom, a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered. Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. NR (Mature) / 75 min.
A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together. NR (Mature) / 101 min.
Each customer that purchases a virtual ticket will receive a bonus feature that includes a pre-recorded Q&A with Brian Welsh (director) and Steven Soderbergh (executive producer).
ALL I CAN SAY
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death. NR / 102 min.
WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES
When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes—just enough to start a band…and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami. NR / 120 min.