Stories from the City, Stories from the State: An Illinois Filmmaker Showcase

The Art Theater is excited to announce its new series: Stories from the City, Stories from the State: An Illinois Filmmaker Showcase, which spotlights five films made in Illinois and their directors. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director who will be in town for the screening. For more information about each film, follow the READ MORE links below.

The series starts with the critically-acclaimed documentary ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES, which tells the story of Rita Crundwell — City Comptroller and Treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, who gained notoriety as the mastermind behind one of the largest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history. Director Kelly Pope — a CPA and an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University — brings her training in accountancy to her subject to provide a unique expert analysis of the case. The second title — ROGERS PARK — is a feature film that follows the lives of two couples in Chicago’s progressive neighborhood by the same name. The film recently received recognition as a New York Times Critic’s Pick. In July we welcome the Artistic Director and co-founder of Kartemquin Films Gordon Quinn with his latest film ’63 BOYCOTT, which documents the Chicago boycotts against school segregation of the same year. Mr. Quinn will be joined by Risé Sanders-Weir whose short film GADGET GIRLS will precede ’63 BOYCOTT. Last but not least, MINDING THE GAP, an outstanding new documentary from Kartemquin Films and winner of the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of three childhood friends as they navigate the murky waters to adulthood and confront their personal demons and histories of abuse.

The Stories from the City, Stories from the State series is brought to you thanks to the Art Theater’s Annual Membership program and iHotel and Conference Center — Exclusive Series Partner. We thank all annual members for your continued support of the Art Theater and iHotel for supporting the series. If you are not a member, please, consider becoming a member today by clicking HERE. Your membership directly supports the Art’s presentation of independent films like the ones featured in this series.

We hope you will join us in celebrating some of the best films made in Illinois in the last few years and their filmmakers.


             May 22nd at 7:30pm

All The Queen’s Horses with Director Kelly Richmond Pope

Rita Crundwell stole more than $53 million of public funds across two decades in office as the City Comptroller and Treasurer for Dixon, Illinois, a town with a population of just 16,000. She used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeding empire… READ MORE

                June 26th at 7:30pm

Rogers Park with Director Kyle Henry and Screenwriter Carlos Treviño

Two Chicago couples struggle to keep their love alive as secrets and long-simmering resentments rise to the surface… READ MORE


                 July 16th at 7:30pm

Gadget Girls & ’63 Boycott with Directors Risé Sanders-Weir & Gordon Quinn

’63 Boycott combines unseen 16mm footage of the 1963 Chicago boycott, in which 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation, with insights from the original participants and present-day protesters against school closings… READ MORE

              August 8th at 7:30pm

Minding the Gap with Director Bing Liu

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job…. READ MORE


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