Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "Brooklyn, "a heart-warming-story about a young Irish woman who is a homesick immigrant in the 1950s. This 2015 film is directed by John Crowley (112 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher will kick off the NEA Big Read Film Festival with "The Magnificent Seven," the film which inspires the young girl in "Into the Beautiful North" to head to the United States. Living in a small Mexican town with very few men left, this girl gathers her friends and heads north to find her father and other men. They want to bring them back home.
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "El Norte," the story of two indigenous
Mayan teens who flee war-torn Guatamala and attempt to slip into
California without documentation.
This 1983 film is directed by Gregory Nava. (139 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "In America," a film about an undocumented Irish family who struggles to start a new life in New York City. This 2003 film is directed by Jim Sheridan (105 minutes).
All is not as peaceful as it seems in a city inhabited by animals who have abandoned their traditional predator/prey roles. (PG, 2016, 108 minutes)
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "Avalon," a film which focuses on a Polish Jewish family building a better future for themselves in Baltimore of the late 1940s and 1950s. This 1990 film is directed by Harry Levinson (126 minutes).
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer's fears become a reality. (PG, 2015, 103 minutes)
"Dreadlocks Story" (83 min, 2014)
See and discuss films showcasing Caribbean directors and screenwriters, in the second annual Chicago Caribbean Film Festival at the Oak Park Public Library. Held in conjunction with the Caribbean American Heritage Council and Diaspora Filmworks. Enjoy a pre-screening reception and a post-film Q&A.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) is a charming MGM musical starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. These stars play bickering co-workers in a music shop in 1912 Chicago who become increasingly attracted to each other as anonymous pen pals. (102 minutes)
This film screening is part of the Cinematic Chicago series. Out of more than 700 movies that have been made in Chicago, film historian Doug Deuchler screens six select films that feature landmarks and neighborhoods, capturing aspects of the gritty Windy City in iconic, evocative, and often magical ways.