Charles Laughton Film Series: "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Tortured but brilliant, Oscar-winner Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was one of the most recognizable and talented actors of his time. Since his portly figure and decidedly unhandsome face meant that leading-man roles were not open to him, Laughton carved a career out of playing a variety of monsters and misfits in films like "The Private Life of Henry VIII" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Oak Park Creates Presents: "The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle"

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join Oak Park director Dan Smolla and actress Misti Patrella for a screening and discussion of Dan's new film, "The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle." Dan and Misti will talk about their filmmaking process and discuss with viewers.

"The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle" is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.

Watch the movie trailer.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Technology Club: "Stranger Than Fiction"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a two-part program as we delve into the question, "What's Your Story?"

In this first part, we will be watching "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006, 113 minutes), a film based in Chicago that takes an innovative look at this question.

In part two of the program on November 1, we'll dive further into this question with an hands-on exercise: creating a digital photograph collage.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "A Face in the Crowd"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"A Face in the Crowd" (1957) features Andy Griffith, as a rural drifter who becomes an overnight media sensation, but also grows drunk with fame and power. 126 minutes.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "Pinky"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

American Promise

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Join fellow community members to watch and discuss this intimate and provocative documentary. (2013, 135 minutes)

The film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles the divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation of two middle-class African-American boys who attended a prestigious school. Presenting complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity, "American Promise" will serve as a springboard for a discussion about achievement in our own community.

Created Equal Film Screening: "Slavery by Another Name"

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join Erik Gellman, PhD, Roosevelt University to see and discuss this film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas A. Blackmon. Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thsands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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