Artists on Film: "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

Artists on Film: "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for Artists on Film, a six-week series that continues through November 11. 
This week's film is Girl With a Pearl Earring, directed by Peter Webber. Scarlett Johansson plays an impoverished young woman who goes to work for Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, played by Colin Firth. (2004, 95 minutes)

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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"Small Island": Film Screening and Panel Discussion

"Small Island": Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Based on the award-winning novel by Andrea Levy, Small Island tells the story of the "Windrush Generation" immigrants who migrated from Jamaica to England in the years immediately following World War II. Trying to escape economic hardship on their own small island, the Windrush Generation experienced hope, disappointment, challenges with assimilation and acculturation, and discrimination in housing and employment in England. Panel discussion to follow film screening.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Film Screening and Discussion: "The Last Days in Vietnam"

Film Screening and Discussion: "The Last Days in Vietnam"

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us for a screening of "The Last Days in Vietnam," a PBS "American Experience" film chronicling the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the desperate, unsanctioned efforts by a handful of Americans to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. After the screening, discuss the film and the Vietnam experience with local Vietnam veterans Brian Flora and Stephen Jordan.

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

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

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
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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
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American Promise

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.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Slavery by Another Name"

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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