The Northwest Chicago Film Society is one of the great treasures of the city's local film culture. The programming endeavor, founded in 2011 by projectionists Julian Antos, Rebecca Hall and Kyle Westphal, aims to preserve the experience of seeing repertory movies projected on their original celluloid format (i.e., the way they were meant to be seen). After bouncing around the Portage and Patio theaters for the past several years, the NCFS has set up a new home at the auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University and unveiled an extremely impressive lineup for the summer 2015 season.
Every Wednesday night at 7pm from July 1 through August 26, the NCFS will present beautiful 35mm prints of classic films ranging from Paramount’s 1930 two-strip Technicolor musical Follow Thru (introduced by film scholar David Pierce) to Bill Forsyth’s criminally underrated 1987 comedy Housekeeping (introduced by local independent filmmaker Stephen Cone). Admission is $5 with a discounted price of $2 for NEIU students. The exact address on the campus is Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave. The complete schedule is as follows:
July 8: Smile, 1975, directed by Michael Ritchie
July 15: Gulliver's Travels, 1939, directed by Dave Fleischer
July 22: Summer With Monika, 1953, directed by Ingmar Bergman
July 29: Midnight, 1939, directed by Mitchell Leisen
Aug. 5: It's Trad, Dad!, 1962, directed by Richard Lester
Aug. 12: Housekeeping, 1987, directed by Bill Forsyth
Aug. 26: Bend of the River, 1952, directed by Anthony Mann
For more info, consult the official NCFS website.