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  1. Studio 54 | CLOSING NIGHT!

    MATT TYRNAUER / features / USA / 2018 / 98 mins
    Studio 54 was the epicenter of ‘70s hedonism – a pulsating pleasure palace that not only redefined the nightclub but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, one introverted and straight, the other flamboyantly gay, seemed to come out of nowhere. The extraordinary success of the first of the mega clubs with its restrictive door policy and mix of sex, drugs and glamorous celebrities is detailed, as are the factors that brought the phenomenon crashing down. Underneath all the glittery excess is the story of the two owners. Schrager finally opens up to filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO; SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD) about his improbable friendship with the late Rubell, a victim of AIDS. Thirty-nine years after the velvet rope was first slung across the Studio 54’s hallowed threshold, here is the film that finally tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time. After the screening 7:30 PM screening, stick around for the Closing Night Party, including disco music and dancing, and food catered by Goddess & Grocers. We will also announce this year's award winners, including the first Silver Image Award, supported by AARP. Party follows 7:30 PM screening - you must have ticket to the 7:30 screening to attend the party.
    Studio 54 | Closing Night Film

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Sunday, September 30 5:00 PM Buy Tickets

    Studio 54 | Closing Night Film + Party

    Chicago Filmmakers
    Sunday, September 30 7:30 PM Buy Tickets


  2. Wild Nights with Emily | NARRATIVE CENTERPIECE

    MADELEINE OLNEK / features / USA / 2018 / 84 mins
    Molly Shannon (SNL; DIVORCE; SUPERSTAR) is the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this black comedy by writer-director Olnek (THE FOXY MERKINS, CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME) that explores the hidden aspects of Dickinson’s life. Dickinson’s persona has been that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower too sensitive for this world. But through the lens of Olnek, Dickinson’s vivacious and irreverent side is revealed, along with her lifelong romance with her sister-in-law Susan Dickinson (Susan Ziegler, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS; DON’T TRUST THE B---- IN APARTMENT 23). Incorporating Dickinson’s letters and poems into its fabric, and hailed as, “the best lesbian comedy in years,” here at last is the full-bodied woman, creatively stimulated by her lifelong secret love affair, emerging from the confines of her stereotypical public persona at long last.
    Wild Nights with Emily | Narrative Centerpiece

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
    Sunday, September 23 3:00 PM Buy Tickets