Countless well-crafted documentaries have overwhelmed the film programmers of Chicago’s famed Music Box Theatre. Discouraged they couldn’t squeeze them all into the calendar, the cinematic screening team decided to create a festival which would enable the documentaries to be seen. And so Docs at the Box was born!
From Friday, October 4 through Thursday, October 10, Music Box will be showing Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie; Free The Mind; Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers; and Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself.
The lineup also includes Shepard & Dark which looks at the friendship between Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark and The Punk Singer which explores the feminist journey of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre.
In Bettie Page Reveals All, the poster icon recounts how provocative fetish poses set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution and ushered in a modern era in fashion and pop culture while Anita: Speaking Truth to Power recounts the 1991 senate committee’s handling of the Anita Hill sexual harassment case against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service, and his struggle with Parkinson’s.
For a full schedule, visit musicboxtheatre.com.