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September 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
A special advanced screening of this new film presented in celebration of Art House Theater Day 2019.
A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.
From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, IN FABRIC is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet. R / 118 min.
September 19, 2019, 7:00 PM
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock opens his own chicken restaurant to explore industry claims that fast food is now healthier and more natural and organic. PG-13 / 93 min. Please note that this documentary contains footage which some audience members may find upsetting.
September 20, 2019, 7:00 PM
September 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join us for this live concert celebrating the release of "Sadness & Soul," the new album from Chip Stephens & Glenn Wilson. The album doesn't come out until October 18th, but you'll be able to pick up a copy at the theater the night of the show! The concert is free to attend, and will also offer a preview of the upcoming events in our Jazz / On Screen series.
Baritone saxophone and piano duets are rare in jazz, but bari saxist Glenn Wilson and pianist Chip Stephens prove throughout Sadness and Soul that these instruments belong together. The low horn's unexpectedly broad range and rich timbres, turned to song by a lyrical yet tough melody-maker, and the piano's grand as well as close-up possibilities, brought to life by an inventive improviser with a deft touch, here result in warm, balanced, fluid music made from smartly chosen jazz standards and two originals played with feeling -- for expressivity, yes, and for fun.
September 22, 2019, 4:00 PM
September 22, 2019, 7:00 PM
September 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join Illinois State University's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the Normal Theater for a free showing of the documentary "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook".
Rigged is a 2019 documentary that examines how, since 2008, right-wing groups have worked with certain states, to make it harder to vote, particularly for minority groups and young people. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and shot during the chaotic 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them.
Bob Bradley, professor emeritus in the Department of Politics and Government, will facilitate a discussion following the film.
September 25, 2019, 7:00 PM
ISU’s new Food Studies program is hosting a sneak-preview of the documentary "Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm". Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with film subject Henry Brockman and filmmaker Ines Sommer.
The film follows the lives of Henry and Hiroko Brockman, who have run an organic vegetable farm in the Mackinaw Valley of central Illinois for 25 years. Henry needs to give his body a break so he puts his former apprentices in charge while he takes a year’s sabbatical.
The results of Henry’s “fallow year,” however, turn out to be very different from what he had anticipated. While those at home battle chaotic weather that threatens the crops, the specter of climate change enters Henry’s consciousness, forcing him to acknowledge that he must transform the farm in the face of international climate change. By turns lyrical and hard-hitting, the film explores how biodiversity, adaptability, and resilience are key to survival in an ever more unpredictable future.
September 26, 2019, 7:00 PM
Always a popular event for us, Normal Theater film-goers will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world. The Final Ten are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period (September 26 to October 6, 2019), with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.
The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Finland, and Germany alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final Ten films represent the best short films from among 1,250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
For more information on the films please visit https://www.manhattanshort.com/finalists.html
September 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
September 28, 2019, 4:00 PM
September 28, 2019, 7:00 PM
September 29, 2019, 4:00 PM
September 29, 2019, 7:00 PM
September 30, 2019, 7:00 PM
Illinois State University professor Dr. Shelly Clevenger and her CJS 342 Victimology class, in coordination with YWCA Stepping Stones and Neville House, will be coordinating a performance highlighting quotes from local survivors about domestic violence and their healing. All ticket proceeds will benefit YWCA Stepping Stones and Neville House. We hope you can join us for this impactful and important night of performance.
Please contact Shelly Clevenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 840-7485 for questions or concerns.