WE’LL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER You and movies go together like rama lama lama
ka ding a da ding de dong. Get your flick fix with a sing-along screening of Grease at
the Music Box.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 07.27.11 through Tue 08.02.11: Green Lantern? Zookeeper? Seriously? Combat summer’s blockbuster stinkers with five picks for cinematic excellence—or at least weirdness. Plus, what the honcho of the Chicago Film Office is doing this weekend, below.
film Parallax Sounds
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Rich Moskal, a lifelong Chicagoan and the director of the Chicago Film Office.
“I’ll be going to see Parallax Sounds at the Hideout. That’s an interesting project. The producer is sort of a character, and based on the previous work the filmmakers have done, it should be very impressionistic, not a straight-up documentary. Their original concept was to have a vintage cab drive through the city to take them to various places and help move the film along, but they couldn’t find a cab they wanted to hire, so they ended up going with the El. Most filmmakers fly under the radar until they’re ready to release their film, but these guys have done a good job of drawing attention to themselves.
“Our office is a coproducer of the Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition, an open competition for local producers to create pilots on spec. We hold it in conjunction with the Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival, which is on Thursday, and on Friday, we have the TV pilot screening and the awards at the Chicago Cultural Center. People who have participated in it have done really well by it. They’ve gotten the attention of L.A. producers, gotten agents. It’s a good thing—a foot in the door, and that’s worth a hell of a lot. And it’s fun. It’s not like you have to be a professional: Entries come out of Chicago’s storefront theatre community, the advertising community, the student community. It can be a homemade video or professional work; it just has to fit the criteria of 30 minutes or just under. An entry is judged not only on its merits as a piece but how viable it is as a series—as a national broadcast. The more people go into it with that sense, the better they do.
“And I’ll go shoe shopping. I’ve been looking for shoes for about a year and a half now, and I’ve really got to get a pair this weekend. The only thing that will prompt me to buy a new pair is when my shoes are literally falling apart. I’ve had this pair for—I want to say in the neighborhood of ten years. I really suck at choosing shoes. My wife always shakes her head and says, ‘Why did you come back with those?’ My kids have decided they’re going to help me figure out what is cool and what is not. My son tells me that Sperry Top-Siders are what all the kids are wearing, so I’ve pretty much decided on those. I just have to find a pair that don’t look like I should be working on a dock.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
film True Grit
OK, OK, this is our last film pick of the week—promise. But where better to see the Coen brothers’ instaclassic than outdoors, in the great wide open?
GO: 7/28 at dusk. Amundsen Park, 6200 W Bloomingdale. Part of Movies in the Parks; full schedule: chicagoparkdistrict.com
Photograph: (MOSKAL) Susanne Suffredin