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Virtually Gorton: Weekend Watchlist (Episode 1)
Hello everyone and welcome to the Weekend Watchlist!
Here is this week’s picks of films straight from Gorton’s Director of Film, Jamie Hall. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation tune in to Gorton Center’s Facebook Page every Friday at 4pm. Jamie will run through these films and ask you to share what you’ve been watching — hope to see you there!
Gorton Offerings This Week:
Next week is the last full week to watch our first two Virtual Theater films: The Whistlers and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. Both are streaming through Sunday April 19th.
Tuesday Night Film Club starts this Tuesday April 14th with discussion of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This film is a whole lot of fun so if you want some laughs this weekend watch it and join us Tuesday evening.
At Home Film Festival will launch this Monday (April 13th). It is a month-long documentary film festival designed to engage families, students and individuals in reflective and creative video storytelling. For more information and instructions on how to participate click here.
Gorton Film Partners Offerings:
KARTEMQUIN FILMS NOW STREAMING
Our series Kartemquin Presents will continue virtually in a few weeks with Eating Up Easter, but in the meantime most of the KTQ catalog is available to stream online. You can rent most of them for $1.99 or purchase. Looking for a great documentary to watch…look no further! Special shout out this week to Inquiring Nuns a short film in which two nuns traverse Chicago asking the people they encounter “Are you happy?” It is a simple question but offers complex answers. I think we can all relate to this one at the moment. It is a thoughtful, heart-warming short film and is worth the watch.
One of the best weekends every year is when we host Mountainfilm on Tour – Lake Forest at the end of January. Well January is a long way away, but while you have some time to kill I’ll let you in on a secret. A lot of the past Mountainfilm films are available to watch via their website right now!
Here are my weekly picks of Mountainfilm shorts to check out — each week I’ll update these with new films:
When We Were Knights: When We Were Knights, an elegiac film by Anson Fogel, explores friendship, partnership, adventure and the many iterations of love that give meaning to our lives. Jamie’s Thoughts: This film is deep and heartbreaking, one of my favorites from the first year we hosted the tour. Not a film for little kiddos but for everyone else a must see!
Mile 19: This poignant film from Vincent DeLuca conveys a lifetime of lessons in 10 short minutes, spinning a powerful story of resilience, humor and healing. Jamie’s Thoughts: I actually got to meet this wonderful human my first time at Mountainfilm festival in Telluride. What a human! You’ll love this film and how it presents its story, but mostly you’ll love Johnnie–his signature Payless shoes, his humor, strength and spirit. Shout out to all our frontline heroes now–here is a story of a mailman/marathon legend!
Heavens Eleven: Matthias Giraud — aka Super Frenchie — is a pro skier and BASE jumper who was the first person to ski BASE the Matterhorn. This film depicts his descent of Heavens Eleven a line that features a narrow, rocky, hairy descent, made even more so when the egress of choice is flying. Jamie’s Thoughts: This one is for all you adrenaline junkies out there. This guy is CRAZY and watching him tackle this challenge will bring you to the edge in the best way. Try to put this one on a big screen if possible.
Other Films to Watch & Resources to Check Out:
The New York Times has published an article of The 50 Best Films on Netflix Right Now. If you are looking for something on Netflix this would be a wonderful place to start! However, if 50 seems a little daunting, let me tell you about one I’ve recently watched & would recommend.
BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
This documentary takes a deep dive into the obscure obsession of comedy writer Steve Young (Late Night with David Letterman) — the strange and secret world of corporate-sponsored musicals. The audience is along for the ride as Young tracks down rare musical show albums, unseen footage, composers and performers. Anyone who loves musical theater should definitely see this one, but also anyone who has had experience with a weird obsession or collected something strange before will enjoy entering this weird and fun world. I know I did!
Special note: This evening (April 10th) at 6pm CDT Chicago Media Project is having a virtual post-screening discussion of the film with special guests: Dava Whisenant (director), Steve Young (film subject/collector) and Hank Beebe (subject/musical composer). More information about that here.
Documentary – 1.5 Hours
Fun Film Extras
Nerdette’s Podcast: An Introvert’s Guide to the Good Life: Movie Edition! —Greta Johnson (a true delight) talks movie picks with NPR film critic Bob Mondello.
AFI’S 100 Years…100 Laughs: The 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time —See how many of these film classics you can check off the list…can you beat Jamie’s 30? If you haven’t seen that many this is a great resource for films that’ll make you laugh!
Films mentioned in this post by Genre/Type
Bathtubs Over Broadway (Netfilx)
Saint Frances (also a drama)
Saint Frances (also a comedy)
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