Go see "The Act of Killing" at the Music Box Theatre

Hello Chicago Film Lovers,

One of the most talked about documentaries of the year, Errol Morris & Werner Herzog's "The Act of Killing", will be premiering at the Music Box Theatre on the evening of Friday, August 16th. I'm making this premiere a meetup because I will definitely be going and there has been strong interest from our group. So let's all go see "The Act of Killing" at the Music Box Theatre on the evening of Friday, August 16th. Movie starts at 7:20 PM, but I encourage you to get there by 7 or earlier to buy tickets. You can also check out the details at musicboxtheatre.com/features/the-act-of-killing

Afterwards, we will go to either Toons a couple of blocks north on Southport, or D'agostino's on Southport and Addison to discuss the film. We can meet outside the theatre when the movie is done. So we are not going to Cullen's (thanks for the heads up Al :) ).

Your proud to be organizer,

Rebecca

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  • Collin

    Here is a similar kind of documentary (although it does not have the element of a film-within-a-film) about the prisoners and prison guards in Cambodia confronting one another and re-enacting the events. I saw it 10 years ago and remember it being very compelling. It's called "S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine."
    It's available on-demand on Amazon:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368954/?ref_=fn_al_tt_8

    August 17, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Disturbing to watch mixed with a little bit of inappropriate humor. We all shared an experience together that was profound. Very moving film. Well done Joshua Oppenheimer!

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Nancy B

    I just read about this documentary "40 Years of Silence" on the Indonesian genocide by a commenter to the Slate film review. It's on Vimeo. "If you like this great film and would like to know about the 1965 mass killings, check out our documentary '40 Years of Silence,' which gives a complex historical perspective of the tragedy through the eyes of four Indonesian families." https://vimeo.com/22663719

    Also this article on "Act of Killing" by Errol Morris from 7/10/13 has some historical background about the connections to Vietnam. http://slate.me/1dgRfs1

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Al

    Excellent - a large group of uber-movie fans, a prime location in the theater to see the film, and a tremendous discussion afterwards (we ended up closing out the place, in fact! I think some of us might be still there.... 8)

    By the way, one of the other groups joining us was the Chicago Documentary Group:

    http://www.meetup.com/DocFilms/

    One of whose members, Salvatore Consalvi, is a documentary filmmaker himself who was in Antarctica when Werner Herzog was filming "Encounters at the End of the World" (!!!!). Great guy - you can check out his work at:

    http://sidneyhasnohorsesthemovie.com/

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Nancy B

    I'm still deciding what I think about "The Act of Killing." As Camille says, it was absurd and surreal. At times it was tedious and difficult to watch. It made me want to go home and read about the history of Indonesia. Which I'm going to do right now.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Camille

    I left the theater feeling compressed and anxious. The film could only be described as absurd, funny, surreal and frightening.

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Camille

    Extraordinary.

    August 17, 2013

  • Nancy B

    12noon today on WBEZ -- Jerome McDonnell is going to discuss "The Act of Killing" with Milos Stehlik of Facets.

    August 16, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Thanks Nancy for the info!

      August 16, 2013

  • Gari H.

    There is a 78% chance I will not make it tonight, so I've changed my RSVP. If it turns out I am able to show, I will look for y'all. If not, have fun, everyone.

    August 16, 2013

  • Shikhi

    I thought I posted this earlier, guess not. But here's a great 3 pt interview with the filmmaker on the Daily Show from a few days ago.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/extended-interviews/428567/playlist_tds_extended_joshua_oppenheimer/428550

    August 15, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Thanks! I'll share on our FB too :)

      August 15, 2013

  • Camille

    Oh! That's good to know. Rebecca do we meet in the lobby? Also do we go to a bar/coffee shop to discuss afterwards?

    August 14, 2013

    • Al

      Great idea, Camille - you'll definitely want to talk about this movie afterwards! Before the showing, I'll be there around 6:45 - I'll be by the small fountain waving a "MEETUP" sign.

      August 14, 2013

    • Camille

      Ok. I'll look for you.

      August 15, 2013

  • Al

    Here's an excellent review of the movie, from a great site on unique and overlooked film called "Not Coming to a Theater Near You":
    http://notcoming.com/reviews/theactofkilling/

    August 14, 2013

  • Tom

    I just called the Music Box and they reassured me that there will be plenty of tickets for this showing. It will be in the Main Theater which has a capacity of over 700 seats.

    August 13, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Don't know the answer to that question yet, but I was informed by another member that for this kind of event tickets will most likely only be sold at the door. I'm just going to keep checking the website. Supposedly they do everything last minute, so my advice is to check the site every day.

    August 12, 2013

  • Tom

    Hi Rebecca, could you please tell me where I can buy a ticket in advance?

    August 12, 2013

  • Al

    I was lucky enough to have seen "The Act of Killing", and I put some of my thoughts on it at: http://letterboxd.com/cinemal/film/the-act-of-killing/

    Very mild spoilers (nothing not found in a print review), but it does a good job of explaining why I think the movie is nine kinds of amazing.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Steve

    Cannot make the MU. But, the reviews I have read describe this as a chilling documentary. They really should have named this film "The Enablers of Genocide".

    August 4, 2013

    • Steve

      Google reviews of the film.

      August 4, 2013

  • Marissa L

    Really looking forward to this.

    1 · August 4, 2013

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