This Friday, June 4, is the exclusive Chicago streaming engagement of Monuments, from local filmmaker and Gene Siskel Film Center alum Jack C. Newell (Open Tables, 42 Grams), and Chicago Producer, Angie Gaffney (Executive Director of the Chicago Independent Film Alliance).
The road film, featuring many Chicago landmarks and faces, stars David Sullivan (Primer, Flaked, Sharp Objects) as a college professor Ted, whose world is shattered by the sudden death of his wife, Laura, played by Marguerite Moreau (The Mighty Ducks, Wet Hot American Summer).
Monuments is a comedy about grief with a dash of hopeless romance and a sprinkling of adventure, it is a quintessential indie road movie, featuring breathtaking location cinematography and an unexpected musical score by acclaimed Takénobu.
Reel Chicago was able to catch busy director Jack Newell and producer Angie Gaffney to hear how they put this challenging project together.
Filmed on location partly in Chicago, Monuments brings together an eclectic cast led by Sullivan and Moreau as a devoted couple whose love cannot be diminished by death. Their romance is at the heart of the film–and though the film was conceived and shot prior to the pandemic, Newell says he hopes the depiction of sudden loss and grief in concert with moments of laughter and joy will have resonance with audiences who may still be reeling from the complex emotions of the past year.
The Gene Siskel Center will be hosting a virtual conversation with director Jack C. Newell and cast members David Sullivan, Marguerite Moreau, and Javier Muñoz on Saturday, June 5 at 8pm. The conversation will be moderated by Jeff Griggs, actor, author, and Second City Director-at-large and National Touring Company director.