Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock—a feature-length film capturing the late Jimi Hendrix’s extended 1969 performance at Woodstock—is being screened for the first time in cinemas including Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on 3733 North Southport Avenue on Monday, January 14. The 7:30 pm presentation also includes previously unreleased footage and interviews with Hendrix band members Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell, Kramer and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang. For more information,visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Documenting the life of Cream’s drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker! features interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. In advance of its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on February 1, the film’s director Jay Bulger joins City Winery on Thursday, January 31 to host an evening of music, history and wine. The event will feature scenes from the film, highlighting Baker's musical evolution in rock, jazz, African and other genres—pairing each stage with the perfect wine. Admission is free or $15 with five wine tastings at the winery on 1200 West Randolph Street. For more information, visit www.citywinery.com/chicago.
From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, Chicago Filmmakers is hosting a networking meeting featuring special guest Dinesh Sabui, who is currently directing and producing the feature-length documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin Films. Designed for screenwriters, producers, cast, crew and anyone interested in making independent media, these bimonthly networking session offer opportunities to collaborate on projects. Guests are encouraged to bring resumes and business cards to the event which takes place at 5243 North Clark Srteet . Admittance is free for Chicago Filmmaker members, $5 for non-members. To inquire about membership, call 775-293-1447.
Children can work with professional filmmakers to create a short movie of their own with Gorilla’s Film Incubator Program (FIP). The six-week workshop covers all aspects of film production, concluding with a the children’s movie being premiered at the Skokie Theatre as a free event for family and friends.
“When kids are working in the program, they are working not only as actors, but writers and directors and other positions in the crew,” explains the program’s creator Gorilla Tango CEO Dan Abbate. “This way they really get the full picture – pun intended – of what it means to create a film from start to finish.”
The Film Incubator Program takes place at Gorilla Tango's Skokie Theatre on 7924 Lincoln Avenue. Targeted for filmmakers aged 7-13, the cost is $380 per six-week session. All participants receive a DVD of their film. Sessions begin January 24. Class size is limited. For more information or to register online, visit www.gorillatango.com.