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May 22, 2020 - June 4, 2020
The next entry in the MAGNOLIA PICTURES: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE DOCS programming series is LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. R / 121 min. 10% of ticket sales will benefit the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund.
Join us for a live Q&A on Wednesday, 5/27 at 7:00pm CT with Chaz Ebert in conversation with director Steve James. If you have a question you'd like to ask you can send that over to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the discussion.
Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host for this new documentary exploring the intersection of music and culture in New Orleans. The film features personal reflections from New Orleans' most impactful musicians including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers. NR / 104 min.
On Tuesday, May 26 at 8pm Central Time, audiences are invited to a live Q&A featuring Terence Blanchard, director Michael Murphy, and Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ben's parents founded the Hall, and he has carried on their vision proudly and well.
May 29, 2020 - June 11, 2020
The next entry in the Magnolia Pictures: A Few Of Our Favorite Docs is a powerful and complex film. Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. BLACKFISH expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity. PG-13 / 90 min. 10% of ticket sales will to go GiveDirectly’s COVID relief Fund.
Join us on Wednesday, 6/3 at 7:00pm CT for a Q&A with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite; questions can be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com or by tweet using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries
Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, this new documentary provides an intimate look at one of the world's leading experts on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. NR / 82 min.
“Cinematic comfort food of the first order” - Variety