The city is crawling with filmmakers this weekend.
Harry Shearer comes to the Music Box at 7:30 PM on Friday with his documentary about the flooding of New Orleans, The Big Uneasy, then sticks around for a 10:30 PM screening of Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap (1984), which added him to the cultural firmament as boneheaded, pipe-smoking bassist Derek Smalls.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 PM, journalist Sebastian Junger will appear at the Pritzker Military Library’s free weekly screening series to introduce his acclaimed, heart-stopping Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo. This will be Junger’s first public appearance in Chicago since his codirector on the film, Tim Hetherington, was killed in April while covering the hostilities in Libya.
And the inimitable John Waters appears at the Music Box on Saturday to introduce a 5:30 PM screening of The Wizard of Oz (1939) as part of a new Music Box series, The Film That Changed My Life, based on the book by local journalist Robert K. Elder. That night at 10:30 PM, Waters introduces his 1975 comedy Female Trouble.
Trailers after the jump.