Screenings and Events

EMILY ARMSTRONG and PAT IVERS will be on hand for the May 29 screening of their hour doc “Nightclubbing: Greatest Hits,” a collection of performance footage culled from their ?70s New York public access TV series.

It features performances from Blondie, Talking Heads, Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, and the Cramps, at venues including CBGB, the Mudd Club, Max’s Kansas City, Boston’s Rat Club, and Danceteria. Also screening excerpts from “Looking for a Thrill” with Mike Watt of Minutemen and Bettina Richards. Screens at 7:45 p.m. and Thursday, June 2 at 8:30 p.m. at the Film Center.

JONATHAN SKOGMO shows his hour-long documentary “Flying over Cuba” in its official public debut June 3 in Grayslake. “Flying over Cuba” centers on the death of Skogmo’s cousin Brett Karlin, who died from injuries sustained last summer in a reckless driving accident on Cuba Road in Long Grove.

Skogmo and David Yakir co-produced the film with the Brakes for Brett Foundation, headed by Brett’s father Michael Karlin, which advocates safety modifications of Cuba road, safe driving awareness programs, and organ donation.

Yakir edited. Production manager, Brendan Kane. Music by Gina Fontanini and Scott Anderson. Post sound by Chad Cline and Michael Dungan. Screening at 7:30 p.m. at College of Lake County’s Little Theater Auditorium, 19351 Washington Street, Grayslake. See www.flyingovercuba.com.

MICHELLE CITRON screens “Mixed Greens,” the latest in her interactive CD-ROM series A Queer Feast on June 4. The film “presents four generations of my Irish Jewish heritage played against four decades of lesbian life in America, offering a do-it-yourself story in both documentary and fiction,” Citron said.

A radio, television and film professor at Northwestern University, Citron made the 1978 feminist documentary classic “Daughter Rite,” nearly a dozen other films, and two previous CD-ROMs in the Queer Feast series: “As American As Apple Pie” (1999) and “Cocktails and Appetizers” (2001). She is the author of “Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions.”

Citron will lead a tour of the CD-ROM and offer the opportunity for audience participation. At 8 p.m. at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. See www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Allen Ross

CHICAGO FILMMAKERS presents late co-founder Allen Ross’ opus “The Grandfather Trilogy,”(1978-81), including the shorts “Papa,” “Thanksgiving, 1979” and “Burials” June 3 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

“A moving and deeply personal portrait of the filmmaker’s grandfather. Featuring Ross’ subtle and lyrical camerawork, beautiful black and white and color cinematography, and humane and tender treatment of its subject, ?Trilogy’ is one of the key independent films from Chicago.”

This is the world premiere of a new set of prints, presented with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation, in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs. Ross, the subject of Christian Bauer’s 2001 documentary “Missing Allen,” was an active cinematographer and film educator. His other works include “Tryst” and “A Wedding” (1981).

Ross was murdered in 1995 in Cheyenne, Wyo. after he moved to Oklahoma with his common-law wife Linda Greene, leader of the Samaritan Foundation cult. Cult member Julia Williams was sentenced in June for helping Greene, now dead, to cover up Ross’ murder. See www.chicagofilmmakers.org.

WENDIE MALICK (“Just Shoot Me”) makes a celebrity appearance at the the 7th annual Saugatuck Waterfront Film Festival. The June 9-12 event offers 60 films, seminars and panel discussions with industry leaders. Call 269/857-8351; see www.waterfrontfilm.org.

GUY MADDIN headlines the Movieside 4 Year Anniversary Spectacular June 16 at the Music Box Theatre. Maddin (“The Saddest Music in the World”) will screen his shorts “Sissy Boy Slap Party,” “The Heart of the World,” “Hospital Fragments,” “Sombra Dolorosa,” “Odilon Redon,” “A Trip to the Orphanage,” and the featurette “Cowards Bend the Knee.”

The Winnipeg filmmaker will also show a preview of his forthcoming feature “The Brand Upon the Brain!” See www.movieside.com.

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