After Hours Film Society - Downers Grove

Established in 1989, The After Hours Film Society screens foreign, classic and specialty films at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, each presentation followed by a lecture or group discussion led by educators and film professionals. Meeting at the beautifully restored Tivoli (Built in 1928) on the second and fourth Monday of the month (except May and December - second Monday only). Admission is $5.00 for AHFS Members, $9.00 non-members. AHFS Membership details - Click Here. Complimentary coffee and cookies after the film. Live pre-film entertainment on a 1924 Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Meetup at 7:00 - Seated at 7:15 - Showtime 7:30. Purchase your ticket, get your popcorn and Twizzlers, and meet in the theater lobby near the little table with napkins & salt. Look for a guy with a Meetup sign. PLEASE BE ON TIME!

Don't rush off after the film. Organized discussion of the film in the theatre follows coffee and cookies in the lobby.

April 28th: Tim's Vermeer

Review on Rotten Tomatoes movie site: Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen's Vermeer


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  • Maxine

    What a great movie. I agree with Jeff's comments. Thanks for introducing me to this fabulous gem of a theater.

    April 29, 2014

    • Irene

      Never knew the Tivoli had such interesting films.. and the theater is in my back yard. Vermeer paintings are still beautiful but can't help feeling a tad sad that they are less art (in my eyes) and more technique (even if I really do appreciate and admire the technical too)

      1 · April 29, 2014

  • Maureen

    Enjoyed the movie; excellent.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Irene

    Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring is my favorite painting .. and the 2003 Colin Firth movie is a favorite of mine as well... so this meetup is a must for me !

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Kurt

      It Was an Excellent Film, Glad You Enjoyed it Also. Very Nice meeting You, hope to see You At our other Events Soon
      Kurt

      April 29, 2014

  • Kurt

    Thanx Once Again Jim, Excellent Film, Great Group Turnout, Met many New beautiful people. I Think Everyone Enjoyed the Film as much as I Have

    April 29, 2014

  • Nancy

    Enjoyed the documentary...fascinating! Thanks for organizing, Jim.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Jeff S. B.

    What a wonderful documentary. Most importantly Tim ? virtually solved the 350 year old mystery of how Vermeer captured shadow and light in his paintings. One can debate until you are blue in the face over the Artist-Technician position. The beauty of the movie was the demonstration of Tim's creative genius to recreate a Vermeer masterpiece.

    4 · April 29, 2014

    • vicki e.

      Agree wholeheartedly.

      2 · April 29, 2014

    • Jodey S.

      I thought it a fascinating look at a total entrepreneur - engineer - problem solver type who just HAD to solve this mystery. His drive to accomplish each task was probably the same that he would show for any challenge that came his way. Having said that the vision for the masterpiece was Verner ' s not Tim's. His was the ability to solve the problem and the stubbornness to do all the sometime dreary tasks needed to copy the original...That to me was Tim's WORK of art. (My 2 cents)

      1 · April 29, 2014

  • Jodey S.

    Really a nice, well - organized event. Good group 2!

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • vicki e.

    Haven't felt so inspired by a film in a long time. And the theater was beautiful. Thanks for organizing, Jim.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Jim P Z

    You can count on something entertaining and intellectually stimulating when Penn & Teller are involved! Find out more: http://www.sonyclassics.com/timsvermeer/

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Al T.

    'Thanks Jim, I really enjoyed it. The warm fuzzies' for me, was the detective work that went into finding out HOW.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Virginia K.

    Really interesting film.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Cheryl J.

    I have taken a part time job on top of my full-time one. Sorry to miss this event.

    April 28, 2014

  • vicki e.

    This looks very intriguing.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Gail

    Would love to do this sometime, but have another commitment tomorrow. Have fun.

    April 27, 2014

  • carol

    My evening plans have changed :dinner guest
    for Monday evening

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all.

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not able to make this event but hope to join the group the next time. Glad this group is attending the events hosted by After Hours Film Society which is a great organization.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Andrea B.

    I get home from work too tired and rushing.SOrry.
    Andrea Berman

    March 30, 2014

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