On January 31, producer and Chicago native Fisher Stevens will lead a wine pairing and preview scenes from Beware of Mr. Baker! (his documentary on drummer Ginger Baker) at City Winery Chicago on 1200 West Randolph Street. Admission is free; or $15 with five wine tastings. Doors open at 6:00 pm for the 8:00 pm event. For details, visit www.citywinery.com. Beware of Mr. Baker! makes it Chicago premiere on February 1-4 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. 164 N State St, www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
Chicago-based Kartemquin Films and director Xan Aranda celebrate the her new film, Mormon Movie with They Shoot Indies, Don't They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacular on Saturday, February 2 at Chicago’s Hideout on 1354 West Wabansia. Inspired by the Depression-era film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, doors for the musical benefit open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/471366292898182/
For the fourth consecutive year, Chicago’s Music Box Theatre is collaborating with the Sundance Film Festival USA Initiative on its 10-city US tour. This year, Music Box has been selected to host the world premiere of writer/director Lynn Shelton's new film Touchy Feely, which is currently in competition for Best Drama at the Sundance Film Festival.
Shelton is a Seattle-based filmmaker known for writing, directing and producing Your Sister's Sister starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark DuPlass. DeWitt also stars in Touchy Feely, along with Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Ellen Page.
Shelton and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer David Courier will be in attendance to introduce the films and participate in an audience Q&A at 7:30 pm on January 31 on 3733 North Southport Avenue. For additional information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Music Box Films presents the theatrical release of Lore, the second film from Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault). The Holocaust film is Australia's official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,. It opens in Chicago at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema and in Highland Park at Renaissance Place Cinema on February 15.
On February 5, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will screen writer/director Todd Looby’s critically-acclaimed feature Be Good starring Amy Seimetz and Thomas Madden. Looby’s documentary short Lollywood, currently competing at Slamdance, will open the program which includes a cocktail hour and producer's panel at 6:00 pm. Be Good starts at 7:15 pm at the Landmark Century Cinemas on 2828 North Clark Street. For more information, visit www.midwestfilm.com.