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Music Box thinks out of the box with innovative film events

In addition to its regular run features, midnight movies and silent film Saturday matinees, Chicago’s Music Box has a number of special screenings and film festivals planned for this spring, starting with Breadcrumb Trail on April 16 when director Lance Bangs and Slint will appear in person for a live Q&A. Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal will also make a live appearance when her documentary Watermark opens on April 29.

There’s plenty to sing about next weekend with the Grease sing-along at 2 p.m. on April 19 and the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory sing-along at 2 p.m. on April 20, which includes a costume contest.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 23, Sound Opinions at the Movies presents Almost Famous with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot who will discuss the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman who portrays the late music critic Lester Bangs.

Access Contemporary Music’s Sound of Silent Film Festival begins on April 29 followed by The Found Footage Festival on May 1 which features live commentary from curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher.

The New York Film Critics Series offers a special advance screening of Locke starring Tom Hardy with a pre-taped interview on April 30.

The historic cinema is also celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a screening of Three Amigos at 7:30 p.m. on May 5.

The Music Box is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit

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