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NOLA?

Feature Documentary
North America PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Fermin Muguruza
COUNTRY: Spain | 65 min.
SCREENING WITH: Closeup: Tank and the Bangas

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 2:40 PM
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A people’s history of New Orleans culture wrapped in a making-the-album doc as Basque rocker and filmmaker Muguruza – known in Spain for his radical politics and multiculti musical blending – records in NOLA with local luminaries ranging from Preservation Hall to zydeco great Sunpie Barnes to bounce queen Katey Red. Between sessions, Big Easy artists, writers, and scene mainstays talk about the city’s musical past and post-Katrina present.

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June Falling Down

Feature Fiction
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Rebecca Weaver
COUNTRY: United States | 115 min.
Q & A with: Director/writer/actor Rebecca Weaver, producer/composer Chris Irwin
SCREENING WITH: "In and Out of Love" - Jo Serrapere

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 12:00 PM
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A young artist eking out an aimless existence in San Francisco tries to sort out a battery of conflicting emotions upon returning to her small Wisconsin hometown, a year after her father’s death, for her best friend’s wedding. Weaver, who also wrote, edited, and stars as June, makes an assured feature debut in this sharply observed seriocomic character study; her partner, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Chris Irwin, composed the rootsy score.

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It Must Make Peace

Feature Documentary
U.S. PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Paul R. Chandler
COUNTRY: Mali | 82 min.
Q & A with: Bob Ferguson and Jacki Nelson of Oxfam America, co-director Brian David Melnyk
SCREENING WITH: Swan Lake

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 2:15 PM
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From Mali's northern desert to the capital of Bamako in the south, the music and dance that have framed the rituals of the country's life are threatened by poverty, war, and creeping consumerism. Featuring a raft of ear- and eye-boggling performances, this is a journey deep into Mali's myriad cultural traditions, led by the men and women who hopefully won't be their last inheritors.

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Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

Feature Documentary
Presented with: CHIRP Radio
DIRECTOR: John Anderson
COUNTRY: United States | 96 min.
Q & A with: Director John Anderson, Chicago blues harmonica legend Billy Boy Arnold, Pam and Jessie Butterfield (Paul's sister-in-law and niece)

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 7:30 PM
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The personal story of the life and times of a Chicago blues great, the late, legendary harmonica player and bandleader Paul Butterfield. Horn from the Heart captures the unbridled soul of a teenage bluesman who learned his craft at the feet of his mentor Muddy Waters, in joints where white kids from Hyde Park didn't go in the early '60s. While standing up to racial injustice, Paul Butterfield played a key role in bringing the blues to rock and roll. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Billy Boy Arnold, a Chicago blues icon and the brother of original Butterfield Blues Band bassist Jerome Arnold, will join director John Anderson and other special guests at the post-screening Q&A.

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Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Alfred George Bailey
COUNTRY: Great Britain | 85 min.
SCREENING WITH: "Lemme Ride" - Blaq Carrie

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 7:50 PM
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"You have to experience life before you sing it," Gregory Porter says. This personal, visually striking portrait captures the moments, the mentors, the hard lessons, and, especially, the butter-smooth baritone that have shaped Porter's music and propelled the soft-spoken, sartorially splendid vocalist from Bakersfield to Brooklyn to late-blooming global fame as one of the most distinctive voices in jazz.

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Electric Heart

Feature Fiction
North America PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Benjamin Mattingly
COUNTRY: United States | 75 min.
Q & A with: Director Benjamin Mattingly, actors Amick Viccellio and Johnna, producer Scott Little
SCREENING WITH: "Muse" - Nayirah

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 9:45 PM
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At the invitation of an old flame for whom he still carries a torch, Bryan, a young Portlander adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a terrible injury, road trips to a Las Vegas EDM festival with his best bud Andres in this kinetic, colorful, “silent” movie with no spoken dialogue but a wall-to-wall dance-music soundtrack featuring Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren, and many, many more.

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Do U Want It?

Feature Documentary
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund
COUNTRY: United States | 97 min.
Q & A with: Directors Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 5:00 PM
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Papa Grows Funk was the quintessential Crescent City groove band, a supergroup of local players who drew fans from around the world for their renowned Monday-night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar. Percolating with electric performances, this doc wraps the tale of the band and its breakup into a larger story about New Orleans music, crystallizing the tension between the ease of being a working musician in a city that supports homegrown talent like no other and the frustration that can come with wanting more than that.

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David Bowie: The Last Five Years

Feature Documentary
DIRECTOR: Francis Whately
COUNTRY: Great Britain | 90 min.
SCREENING WITH: "Titus Was Born" - Young the Giant

WHERE: Comfort Station - 2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Sunday, November 12 @ 4:30 PM
Tickets: Free
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After a decade of public silence, David Bowie entered perhaps the most unexpected and daring stage of a career filled with changes. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen footage and key collaborators on his last two albums and the stage musical Lazarus, this is an intimate portrait of Bowie in the final phase of one of the defining creative lives of our time, returning to the core themes of spirituality, alienation, and fame that define his work.

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Covers

Feature Fiction
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Malcolm M. Mays
COUNTRY: United States | 108 min.
SCREENING WITH: "Bacon" - Chris $pencer feat. Drunken Monkee

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Sunday, November 12 @ 12:00 PM
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Writer/director Mays, currently co-starring in Snowfall, and rapper/actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds (of The Wire and Adele’s “Hello” video) are X and Nisha, childhood friends from South Central who turn a game of crooning smooth R&B versions of rock and pop classics into a series of viral tracks. A canny mix of urban drama, romance, bromance, and cautionary tale on the perils of returning to the ’hood.

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Covadonga

Feature Fiction
Chicago PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: Sean Hartofilis
COUNTRY: United States | 70 min.
Q & A with: Director/writer/actor Sean Hartofilis
SCREENING WITH: "Hila" - Tiffany Ayalik

WHERE: Davis Theater - 4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, November 11 @ 10:00 PM
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Martin Ravin lives alone in a secluded lake house, mourning his murdered wife and consoling himself with Irish airs. One night he spies a trysting young couple commandeering his canoe for a moonlight ride; when only the boy returns, Martin takes matters into his own hands. Is he seeking justice? Vengeance? A way to keep his past at bay? A brisk, surprising thriller marked by dark humor and beautifully sinister musical interludes.

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