April 23, 2012, 7:30 pm
Performance Hall, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th Street
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman shares a glimpse into the teeming cinematic imagination that brought moviegoers Waltz with Bashir, the 2009 feature documentary that revolutionized the aesthetic possibilities of animation. His latest project The Congress freely adapts Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress and stars Robin Wright Penn and Jon Hamm. This very special conversation will be led by Gretchen Helfrich, former host of WBEZ’s Odyssey and current associate at the firm of Mayer Brown in Chicago.
Gretchen is a lawyer at Mayer Brown LLP, and a graduate of the Law School at University of Chicago (’09). But long-time Chicagoans may remember Gretchen as the host of Chicago Public Radio’s Odyssey, a daily talk show of ideas, which ran on WBEZ 91.5 FM from 1998 to 2006. Odyssey featured conversations with scholars, artists, filmmakers, journalists, and others and explored the ideas that shape our world. When Odyssey went off the air in 2006, Gretchen left radio to pursue another interest – the law. After studying at the University of Chicago, she went to work in the litigation and dispute resolution practice at Mayer Brown in Chicago.
“[Waltz with Bashir is] a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Part of the 2011-2012 Season
Artistic Field(s): Film