From the swamps to the sky – CFS at Big Marsh and Analog Rooftop Cinema!

Analog Rooftop Cinema
2124 W. Lawrence (enter through the side door)
*This is an outdoor screening*
General Admission: $20 Cash Only (includes ticket and a drink)

Friday, August 27 & Saturday August 28 @ 9:00 PM
Directed by Ed Wood • 1953
Ed Wood’s feature debut remains a beguiling, transgressive ode to gender nonconformity, an avant-garde essay film avant la lettre that cobbles together a sincere case for cross-dressing from purloined stock footage, dramatic recreations of case files, and seemingly improvised monologues from Bela Lugosi as an otherworldly interlocutor. The most personal film from Wood’s much-maligned career, Glen or Glenda makes its plea for difference with the simplicity and directness of a koan: “We were not born with wheels, but in the modern world of today it is an accepted fact that we must have them. So we have corrected that which nature has not given us.” (KW)
65 min  • Screen Classics • 16mm from Chicago Film Society Collections
Preceded by: Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly in “Opened by Mistake” (James Parrott, 1934) 16mm, 19 min

Big Marsh Park
11555 S. Stony Island Ave
*This is an outdoor screening*

Friday, September 3rd @8:00 PM
Chicago Film Society at Big Marsh
The Chicago Film Society presents an evening of nature documentaries, industrial films, home movies, and animation which reflect the history and environment of Big Marsh, Chicago’s Park 564 which has transitioned from an active industrial area to a sanctuary for wildlife, foliage, and Chicagoans looking for something entirely magical.  Program highlights include Kudzu (Marjie Short, 1977), a documentary about the infamously invasive vine once promoted by the Department of Agriculture as a solution to erosion; the heartbreaking juvenile delinquent educational film The Boy Who Liked Deer (Barbara Loden, 1975); Still Life and Castro St. (both 1966) from Bruce Baillie, the avant-garde’s premiere chronicler of the natural world; recently unearthed amateur film footage of birds in Chicago from 1939, and more! All films will be presented on 16mm film. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District as part of the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase.

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