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Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres

January 6, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am


From January 6 through February 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center highlights new documentaries with the series “Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres.” Although documentaries are an essential part of our programming all year around, each January we present a diverse selection that testifies to the fact that the documentary form is thriving as never before. It’s always a special privilege to present the Chicago premieres of films made here, and in this series we have four: BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD, MULBERRY CHILD, MY MOTHER’S IDEA, and THE WORLD OF Z. Filmmakers will be present for audience discussion.

The director will also be present at screenings of YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED, in which a band of Scottish farmers go head to head with the tycoon Donald Trump over an environmentally harmful development project. Some other famous names figure in films including CHARLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK, PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE, and THE LOVE WE MAKE, a behind-the-scenes look at Paul McCartney planning a benefit concert in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL, a film currently short-listed for an Oscar nomination, documents a Marine Corps cover-up of a camp water-supply contamination that affected Marines and their families over three decades.

The Love We Make

2011, Bradley Kaplan and Albert Maysles, USA, 94 min.

 Paul McCartney was on a plane waiting for takeoff on a New York runway as the 9/11 attacks took place. His proximity to the tragedy motivated him to launch the project intended as a healing gesture for the city–the all-star benefit, The Concert for New York City. With unprecedented access, veteran documentarian Maysles, who had covered the first trip to New York by The Beatles back in 1964, captures the entire behind-the-scenes story, from rehearsals and jam sessions to backstage at the concert itself, as McCartney, seen as a loopy, easy-going man of the people, holds court for friends including David Bowie, James Taylor, Bill Clinton, Harrison Ford, and more. HDCAM video. (BS)


January 6, 2012
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State Street
Chicago , IL United States

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