The Renaissance Society will present a screening of North, a 2001 film by artist/filmmaker John Boskovich featuring artist/writer Gary Indiana reading from Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s novel of the same title at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Following the screening, Associate Curator and Director of Education Hamza Walker and Chicago-based artist John Neff will interview Indiana in the Film Studies Auditorium, Cobb Hall room 309, 5811 South Ellis Avenue in Chicago. It is in conjunction with Neff’s photographs which are on display from March 3-April 14, 2013. For more information on the free screening and exhibition, www.renaissancesociety.org or call 773-702-8670.
Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport will host a variety of special screenings and appearances throughout March, including having Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman in person for the opening weekend of Somebody Up There Likes Me; Eddie Pepitone will be in attendance for a special showing of The Bitter Buddha; and filmmaker/actor Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero will present the cult favorite The Room.
Music Box is also celebrating spring with Easter weekend showings of Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The entire Music Box Spring Calendar is available online at www.musicboxtheatre.com/assets/calendars/MusicBox_Spring2013_FINAL-LoRes...
Later this spring, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will honor Academy Award® -winner Gwyneth Paltrow with its Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago on 160 E. Pearson Street.
A Summer Soirèe with Gwyneth Paltrow will engage the esteemed actress in a discussion of her career and artistic process, complete with a retrospective of film clips from some of her most notable performances. Capping the evening will be the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Paltrow by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey.
“It is a privilege to honor Ms. Paltrow, one of the most versatile actresses working today, with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s award,” states Gene Siskel Film Center of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “The diversity of characters she has portrayed on the screen, from the deft romance and comedy of Shakespeare in Love and Sliding Doors, to her heart-rending performances in Proof and Contagion, is truly impressive. Audiences have come to know Ms. Paltrow from the honesty and intelligence she exudes and we look forward to hearing about her inspirations and favorite memories when we celebrate her many accomplishments.”
The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding Gene Siskel Film Center supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim. All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
The award was designed specifically for A Summer Soirèe with Gwyneth Paltrow by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.