The term "silver screen" originated during the filmmaking portion of the 1948 Olympics, when Hollywood’s entry, Talking Dog II, came in a close second to the Soviet film Four Hours of Grainy Footage of People Building Collective Farms. Educate yourself on cinematic history with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a three-month Patron Circle membership to Facets Multi-Media (a $70 value).
Facets is a nationally renowned organization dedicated to the preservation, archival, exhibition, distribution, rental, and educational resource of film. Patron Circle membership benefits are a myriad of movie-lovers' delights. Facets bestows members with near-unlimited rental privileges (four at a time) from its DVD catalogue—either at the cinémathèque or via its two-way mailing program—which includes everything from new releases to rare, out-of-print reels of Orson Welles eating nachos. Patron Circlers also get free admission for two to Cinémathèque screenings and a free pass to Facets Night School, which assembles film buffs for special Saturday-night lectures about esoteric cult classics and obscure oddities. Fuel the film fire further with a 10% discount on the purchase of DVDs from the website and a 36% discount for Facets Film School classes on art and the history of cinema. Recent sessions have included Federico Fellini: His Cinematic Realm of Dreams, Magic, and the Self; Modes of Interrogation: The Documentaries of Errol Morris; and Cannonball Run II: Why? Members continue to get red-carpet treatment with VIP invitations to film festivals, advance screenings, filmmaker appearances, and other cinematically fantastic events.
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A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner _The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore_.
In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.
Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.
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