The Chicago Underground Film Festival joins with ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance Cinema Club to present a special ONE NIGHT ONLY screening of Strad Style, winner of both the Slamdance 2017 Documentary Jury Award and Audience Award. Director Stefan Avalos and the film’s subject/star Daniel Houck will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by Bryan Wendorf, Programmer/Artistic Director of the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
A documentary about a rural Ohio hillbilly with an obsession for ‘Stradivari’ and all things violin, who, through the magic of social-media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. Fighting time, poverty, and most of all – himself – Danny Houck puts everything on the line for one shot at glory.
The Slamdance Cinema Club film series was started in 2015 at the ArcLight Hollywood location, and expanded to ArcLight Chicago in 2016 to reach audiences that embrace and celebrate the vibrant and dedicated Chicago filmmaking community. The 2017 Cinema Club lineup offers audiences a fresh look at films from the Slamdance Film Festival.
“We’re proud to bring this film series to Chicago for a second year, especially considering the rich culture and appreciation that audiences in this city hold for cinematic arts and independent film,” said ArcLight Cinemas Executive Vice President, Cinema Programming, Gretchen McCourt.
“The opportunity to celebrate and share the Slamdance Film Festival features with the Independent film community in Chicago is so significant to the mission and purpose of the film festival, and we’re excited to hear what thoughts and insights the audiences will have during the Q&A discussions,” said Slamdance President & Co-Founder, Peter Baxter
“Strad Style was one of the highlights of this year’s Slamdance Film Festival and director Stefan Avalos has been a friend of CUFF’s since we presented his feature film The Last Broadcast way back in 1998. We are extremely pleased to work with our friends at Slamdance for this special Chicago screening.” said Bryan Wendorf, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Chicago Underground Film Festival.