Archive for Movies & TV

Minions and More at EPL in January

January 2 and 3, 2pm. Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library


Father of the Bride (1991)
Sunday, January 3, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library
George Banks is a businessman and owner of an athletic shoe company, who, when he finds out his daughter is getting married, does not want to give her away. He eventually learns to live with his new son-in-law and realizes that as long as his daughter is happy, he is happy.  Father of the Bride. (DVD 1991).
Run Time: 105 minutes  Rated: PG 

This movie is presented as a partner program to the Evanston History Center’s exhibit “Evanston Ties the Knot”.

Monday Night Movie @ CAMS: Tomorrowland
Monday, January 11, 5:30 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street
When a scientifically minded teenager discovers a technologically advanced trinket that provides an astounding glimpse of the future, she enlists the help of a reclusive inventor to make “Tomorrowland” a reality today. Running time: 130 minutes. Rated: PG.

Family Film & Craft : Shaun the Sheep
Saturday, January 16, 2 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch
A sheep takes the day off to have some fun and gets more than he anticipated when a mix up with a farmer, a caravan and a steep hill leads to a big-city adventure. It becomes the whole flock’s responsibility to embark on a whimsical mission and bring everyone home. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes. Rated: PG.



For Teens at EPL – Dec. 29 & 30

altGuardians of the Galaxy

Tuesday, December 29, 2pm, The Loft, Main Library
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

Mario Cart 8 Tournament

altWednesday, December 30, 2-4 pm, the Loft, Main Library

Take on other Evanston teens in an epic MarioKart 8 tournament. Drop in, but first come first serve for tournament slots.

FREE Community Movie Night: Elf – Sat. Dec. 5

elfSt. Mark’s is delighted to invite all of Evanston to join us for a free movie night – complete with popcorn! Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Hope to see you here!

Sat. Dec. 5, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1509 Ridge Ave, Evanston, Illinois 60201

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Explore Stop-Motion Animation – Sat. Oct. 24

Steve & Kate’s Camp will be in Evanston for summer 2016 at Chiaravalle Montessori and they’ll be at Chiaravalle this weekend to meet families and give kids a chance to try out their Stop-Motion Animation studio!

Their Community Team will be hosting two stop-motion animation workshops at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Families are encouraged to stop by to visit, make movies, and see the incredible new space. No RSVP is required for this workshop, though families are welcome to sign up for other Exploratorium classes on Chiaravalle’s website.

Steve & Kate’s strive to create an environment where children can explore their passions at their own pace — from music recording and animation, to sports, sewing, and baking. They believe that when campers are given choice and freedom, they learn on a deeper and more meaningful level, gain confidence, and are genuinely happy! Parents love their flexibility in scheduling, as they’re welcome to purchase day passes or membership, and drop-off and pick-up can take place anytime within their hours (7:30am-6pm). Additionally, food is included and any unused day passes are automatically refunded at the end of the summer.

Chiaravalle Montessori School
425 Dempster St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Movie in the Park – Sat. Aug. 22

Enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy” August 22, Final Starlight Movie of the Summer

Starlight Movie

Come dressed as your favorite superhero for the final Starlight Movie of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, on Sat., Aug. 22 at James Park. The movie will begin at dusk. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket!

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Starlight Movies in the Park Begin Tues. Aug. 4

Movies will be shown on select evenings at dusk. Admission is free. Movies are cancelled in inclement weather.

Day/Date Park Movie
Tues., Aug 4 Penny Akeelah and the Bee
Sat., Aug 8 Twiggs Star Trek 2009
Tues., Aug 11 Brummel The LEGO Movie
Sat., Aug 15 Dawes The Great Debaters
Tues., Aug 18 Harbert Into the Woods
Sat., Aug 22 James Guardians of the Galaxy*

*Dress up as your favorite superhero on August 22!

Park locations for movies:
Brummel Park, Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park, Dempster St. at McDaniel (E. of canal)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford (base of James Park hill)
Penny Park, Lake at Ashland
Twiggs Park, Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

Starlight Movies + Youth Film Submissions in August

From Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 22, community members are invited to attend free movies in Evanston parks on Tuesdays and Saturdays as a part of the City’s 2015 Starlight Movies in the Park series. This year, attendees will get to enjoy various films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,Star Trek (2009), The LEGO Movie,The Great Debaters, and more! All movies will start at dusk. To view the complete movie schedule, visit

On Saturday, August 22, community members are encouraged to have some fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero at the Starlight Movie event, featuring Guardians of the Galaxy, at James Park, located at Dodge Ave. at Mulford St.

Similar to last year, local youth age 21 and younger are invited to submit their locally-made, short films to be screened as opening trailers during the 2015 Starlight Movies in the Park series.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 21. Valid entries must be 15 minutes or less, formatted on a DVD-R disc that can be played in the U.S., and include the name of the participant, their role(s) in the production, age, address, email and phone number.

Interested participants can drop off their submissions at the Cultural Arts Office, Room 1116, located in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Local youth can also mail in their film to Starlight Movies c/o Galen Anderson, Cultural Arts Room 1116, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. Participants who wish to have their DVD returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selected parties will be notified when and where their film will be played closer to the premiere date. For more information regarding the film submission process, please contact Senior Program Coordinator Angela Allyn at 847-448-8263.

ECTV Family Films Night – Rescheduled to June 19

ChaplinEvanston Community Television (ECTV) is doing their first monthly film night! They’ll be screening some of Charlie Chaplin’s early films from 1914-1916 for a $5 donation per person. And come dressed as the Tramp and they’ll choose the best Tramp at the end of the night. All ages are welcome. Please call ECTV 847-869-2510 to reserve your space.

Friday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Evanston Community Television
2020 Asbury Ave., Evanston

See the Facebook event page for more information

Teen Filmmaking/Screenwriting at EPL

altFourth Saturday each month starting February 28, 3-4:30 pm, Seminar Room, Main Library 

NEW SPRING SESSION! This workshop is solely focused on screenplays and scriptwriting. We’ll be talking about effective screenplays, reading scenes from scripts and watching those scenes on the big screen. Each session will involve new scripts/movies to watch. Each session will include workshop time to work on your scripts (new or old). Grades 6-12.
Topics for the Spring:

February: Building Characters

March: Creating Conflict 

April: TV Scripts 

May: Workshop Table Read 

Please register for February 28 session, March 28 session, April 25 session, May 23 session

The Mask You Live In – Mon. Feb. 9

maskOn Monday, February 9, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 & Evanston Township High School District 202 and the Family Action Network (FAN) present the Chicago premiere of “The Mask You Live In,” with a follow-up Q&A with Director/Producer/Writer Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation”).

“The Mask You Live In”
Monday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus
Gaffney Auditorium
385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka

“The Mask You Live In” follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. In the film, experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The film is suitable for teens 16+. There are some scenes dealing with strong topics that may not be suitable for younger viewers.


MasterChef Junior Casting

My name is Ned Johnson and I am an Associate Casting Producer for the hit prime time children’s cooking competition series, MasterChef Junior, where kids aged 8-13 years old (as of March 2015) get a platform to show off their skills in the kitchen and the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from some of the greatest culinary minds in the business … not to mention that last season the winner, Alex, won $100,000!

I am writing you because we are reaching out to all the Elementary Schools and Middle Schools around Chicago to spread the word that we will be in town hosting a fun open casting call for the show and would love to get your help in spreading the word to any young families in the area. We’ve found that awareness spreads best through word of mouth and by social media so any help would be greatly appreciated even if it’s just mentioning this to a friend or by posting the attached flyer to your Facebook page or on Twitter.

We are going to be in Chicago on  Saturday Dec 6th at  from 9am – 5pm

Anyone interested in applying can Pre-Register at or if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call me at the number below

Check out the new season which airs TUESDAY Nights on FOX

Ned Johnson
Casting AP
MasterChef Junior

Check out our show! VIDEO LINK  —

Pre-Register at
Then CALL ME so I can keep you on my radar

Film: I Am Eleven – Oct. 10 – 16

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose an insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood in the film I AM ELEVEN. From an orphanage in India, to a single- parent household in inner city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries.

Throughout the film, children share their thoughts on a range of subjects such as love, war, global warming, music, terrorism, culture, family, happiness, religion and the future. Each of their situations allows a single glimpse into a young mind, and combine to provide a powerful insight into the future of our world.
Friday 10/10 4:15
Saturday 10/11 2:00
Sunday 10/12 2:00
Monday 10/13 4:15
Tuesday 10/14 4:15
Wednesday 10/15 4:15
Thursday 10/16 4:15

Rating: Not rated

Run time: 1 hr 34 mins

The Wilmette Theatre
1122 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Casting a Northwestern University Short Film

A six-year-old boy, jealous of his unborn little brother, is faced with overwhelming guilt when his birthday wish seems to come true.

Monday, September 29, 2014 — 8:00-10:00pm
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — 7:00-10:00pm
John J. Louis Hall, Room 105 — Northwestern University
1877 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208


DAVID (5-9) — An imaginative and energetic boy; likes to play with toys, loves his parents more than anyone else. Male, Caucasian.

MICHELLE (late 20s–mid 30s) — A caring mother; warm-hearted, but physically frail. Female, Caucasian.

SARAH (50s–early 60s) — An attentive grandmother; enjoys spending time with her family. Female, Caucasian.

ERIC (late 20s–mid 30s) — A loving father; avoids showing weakness in front of his family. Male, Caucasian.

Friday, Nov. 7 — Sunday, Nov. 16


Movies in the Park – Sept. 6 & Sept. 13

Take advantage of summer’s final two Starlight Movies in the Park. Join us on Sat., Sept. 6 to watch Akeelah and the Bee at James Park, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Stop by Dawes Park on Sat., Sept. 13 to watch A League of Their Own, beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Documentary – 5 Girls @ EPL: Thurs. Aug. 14

titleThursday, August 14, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join us for a special screening of the moving 2001 documentary, 5 GIRLS, a coming-of-age drama about 5 young Chicago-area women at various stages of adolescence. Produced by Kartemquin Films (producer of Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), 5 GIRLS is about what it means – and how it feels – to grow up female in America.

Registration required.

National Night Out: Watch “E.T.” in Penny Park – Tues. August 5

National Night Out 2014

Celebrate National Night Out and enjoy the summer’s first Starlight Movie, E.T., at Penny Park on Tuesday, August 5, beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

Prior to the movie, at 7 p.m., community members are invited to gather at Penny Park for a Neighborhood Meet & Greet as part of National Night Out. The National Night Out campaign began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, support police-community partnerships, spark neighborhood camaraderie, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The campaign now involves more than 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities. Read more about National Night Out in Evanston

Youth Made Movies Wanted for Starlight Movie Series


Family Films at EPL in July

James and the Giant Peach

Saturday, July 12, 2 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street 

After the daring rescue of a spider, a young boy named James gains possession of some magic crocodile tongues. When James spills them in the garden, out sprouts an enormous peach! Climbing inside, he meets an astonishing cast of characters and embarks on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure.

Running time:  79 minutes, Rated:  PG

The Lego Movie


Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, 2 pm, Children’s Services

Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared.

NOTE: Due to the popularity of this film, you will need a ticket to attend this movie. Tickets will be handed out at the Children’s Desk 1/2 hour before the movie, at 1:30pm, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Running time:  101 minutes, Rated: PG

More kids events at EPL in July

Evanston Students in NU Student Films – Fri. June 6

You’re invited to the RTVF Directing for the Screen module’s premiere of their thesis films! The screening will feature 12 films from a wide range of genres, all produced throughout the year.

Come to Ryan Auditorium in Tech on Friday, June 6th to catch these fantastic films! The screening starts at 7:00pm, and doors open at 6:30pm.

Even better (almost) than a great lineup of films? It’s free! Plus there will be food and beverages!

Friday, June 6th at 7:00PM; doors at 6:30
2145 Sheridan Rd (Tech Auditorium – Northwestern)
Free admission!
More information

Movies at EPL – April 4 – 6

Friday, April 4, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library: GRAVITY


Saturday, April 5, 2 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street: BOLT


Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2 pm, Main Library: FROZEN


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