Lights, camera, action! This fall, Studio5, a performing arts space located at 1938 Dempster St. in Evanston, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Sunday afternoon film series, hosted and curated by Evanston screenwriter Dana Olsen.
The first film in the series will be shown on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m., and tickets will be free. Guests can also enjoy popcorn and drinks from the cash bar.
Olsen — who has written such films as Inspector Gadget, The ’Burbs, and George of the Jungle — will introduce each of the films and provide insight about some of the behind-the-scenes stories about how the films were made. And because Studio5 is known for being a venue for high-quality music and dance, Olsen will be choosing several films that are known for their music or dance elements.
“Dana is one of the most knowledgeable film historians I know, and I think people will really love to come together with their friends, learn about lesser-known films and discover something new about the process of filmmaking,” says Steve Rashid, co-director of Studio5.
The first film in the series is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), a visually gorgeous French film starring Catherine Deneuve and directed by Jacques Demy, in which all the dialogue is sung, with an acclaimed score by Michel Legrand.
The other films will be shown on Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Tickets for those films are $10.
In addition, Studio5 is pleased to announce the rest of its fall 2018 line-up, including a wide array of nationally and locally renown jazz musicians, curated by Steve Rashid, and as well as two dynamic contemporary dance companies presenting works related to current social issues such as immigration and political protests, selected by co-director Béa Rashid.
Some of the jazz musicians performing this fall include Don Stiernberg, an internationally known jazz mandolin player; Judy Roberts, a beloved Chicago jazz pianist and singer who now lives in Phoenix; Marques Carroll, an innovative trumpeter and rising star in the Chicago jazz scene; and Keri Johnsrud, who has recently released a new album of arrangements of music featured on “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” All of the jazz performances will be recorded live for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB 90.9 FM, hosted by Steve Rashid, and attendees will be part of the live studio audience.
The dance companies will include Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, who sold out Studio5 last year, and The Seldoms with their intelligent, visually rich dance theater.
Advanced tickets are now on sale for many of the fall shows and more tickets will be available soon at http://studio5.dance/.