The After Hours Film Society is a not-for-profit cultural organization that seeks to encourage the appreciation of cinema, both as an art and as a medium of information and education. The group’s mission statement says it all: to provide the suburban community with first class foreign, art and independent films that otherwise would not be offered locally.
The home of the After Hours Film Society is the quaint Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, where attendees can listen to the sounds of an organ player, pre-screening, while enjoying their popcorn, as to feel fully submerged in the ‘golden age’ of cinema.
Following the film, cookies and coffee are offered in the lobby, as part of a brief recess before a discussion lead by COD professors; one of which is board member – and my English teacher – Allan Carter.
Some of the movies I have been in attendance for so far are, Rust & Bone (in its intended French) and documentary Central Park Five. I can say with assurance that I would have never otherwise seen these films and am incredibly glad to have done so.
The discussions that followed the film involve both students and returning members of the film society. Thoughtful and very open minded, I would encourage anyone thinking of going to see a movie at the Tivoli Theater on Monday to stay and participate in the sometimes analytical, always interesting conversation.
For students interested in film making or directing, the After Hours Film Society holds a ‘Say It in Eight’ student film festival competition. The challenge for students is to create a complete film with a run time of eight minutes or less for consideration. All submissions will be judged by film professionals and educators who have a knowledge of and respect for creativity, originality, ambition and determination. Winning entries will be screened and generous cash prizes will be awarded at the After Hours Student Film Festival in October, 2013.
The next screening by the After Hours Film Society will be Monday, Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m., for A Royal Affair. Hailing from Denmark, the movie was nominated by the Academy for this year’s ‘Best Foreign Film.’ Tickets are $9 for non-members and $5 for members.
Scheduled films include: April 8: Amour; April 22: Lore; May 6: Like Someone in Love.
The Tivoli Theater is located at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.