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Inquiring Nuns

91 MIN



Director: Erik Gunneson

Editor:Erik Gunneson

Cinematographer: Erik Gunneson


Five Down

documentary • • 2018 • HD projection • USA • 25 MIN

Filmmaker Erik Gunneson distills footage he shot over the first five years of his daughter's life into an unusually patterned and moving short-form work. (ZZ)




Director: Gordon Quinn, Gerald Temaner

Editor:Gordon Quinn

Cinematographer: Gordon Quinn

Music: Philip Glass




Inquiring Nuns

documentary • • 1968 • 16mm • USA • 66 MIN

A cinéma vérité gem inspired by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's Chronicle of a Summer, Inquiring Nuns follows Sisters Mary Campion and Marie Arné as they ask strangers across Chicago a seemingly simple question: "Are you happy?" While responses cover daily challenges like jobs, family matters, and irritable store clerks, they repeatedly return to major concerns of the period, especially the Vietnam War. With locations including the Art Institute of Chicago, a South Side church, and sidewalks in the Loop, the film casually captures the look and feel of 1968 Chicago, as well as the preoccupations and problems of people from various backgrounds and perspectives. The nuns’ interviews range from serious reflections to light conversations, with memorable chance encounters like an appearance by actor Lincoln Perry, nearly unrecognizable from the days he was known as Stepin Fetchit. One of the first projects from nonprofit documentary production company Kartemquin Films, Inquiring Nuns features an early score composed and performed by Philip Glass. Presented on a restored 16mm print. (MSJ)

section: Restorations and Rediscoveries


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