I like ponies.

I like ponies.

Sun’s out, guns out. We get that – enjoy the last bit of summer vacation before it’s gone. After all that sun though, pick your sunburns while you wind down with a great film from these lovely organizations this week.

SATURDAY, August 16th – 2:00PM @ Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria St., UIC)
Reaching for the Moon
Dir. Bruno Barreto (2013, 118 min, video projection – unconfirmed format)
Partnered with the Sistah Sinema and Quare Square Collective, the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center presents “a monthly moderated film event focused on the queer women of color.” Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

SATURDAY, August 16th – 7:00PM, 9:00PM @ Doc Films
Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi (1977, 88 min, 35 mm)
Paranormal chaos ensues when a schoolgirl and her classmates visit her aunt’s haunted house in a film filled with surreal special effects. Inspirations include Warhol’s Pop Art and Goddard’s unorthodox editing style. Good luck explaining this cult classic to friends over drinks afterwards.

SATURDAY, August 16th – 8:00PM @ Chicago Filmmakers
Toy Masters (SNEAK PEAK)
Dir. Roger Lay & Corey Landis (2012, 98 min, digital projection)
Fans of the 80’s hit, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” will enjoy this hilarious documentary made by fellow devoted fans, Lay and Landis, and their unearthing of the decades-old rivalry and bitter war between several former Mattel employees whom all claim to be responsible for creating the beloved characters and product line. This film is co-presented with the Chicago Cinema Society.
REPEAT SCREENING: WEDNESDAY, August 20th – 6:30PM @ Hokin Hall, Columbia College Chicago (623 S. Wabash, room 109)

WEDNESDAY, August 20th – 7:00PM
Dir. Andy Warhol (1965, 70 min, 16mm)
A loose adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange released six years before the well-known Stanley Kubrick version, this one is shot unrehearsed in a single day and set inside one small, unchanging room.

THURSDAY, August 21st – 4:00PM @ Chicago Public Library, Back of the Yards Branch (2111 W. 47th St.)
Brooklyn Castle
Dir. Katie Dellamaggiore (2012, 101 min, video projection – unconfirmed format)
The fascinating story of five aspiring young chess players and how chess brought their school academic success. There will be an hour of open chess before the film. This event is a collaboration with POV.

THURSDAY, August 21st – 7:00PM
Suzhou River
Dir. Lou Ye (2000, 83 min, 35 mm)
Instead of showing the growing glamour of Shanghai, we see the the gritty underworld from the perspective of a male videographer on his obsessive search for love, complicated by two identical appearing women, whom are both brilliantly portrayed by actress Zhou Xun. Often compared to Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Stay tuned.