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June 23–29, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Paint It Black

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"A staggeringly impressive feature directing debut for actress Amber Tamblyn... the film's hallucinatory brilliance is undeniable"
  —Rolling Stone
"A piercing dissection of grief, beautifully acted... The film probes the experience of grief in a subjective, intuitive manner, and it achieves remarkable intensity in exploring this theme"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Dark and boldly expressionistic"
"A convention-defying film"
  —New York Times
"An intriguing audio-visual sense, deft editing and [Alia] Shawkat's committed performance elevate this strangely watchable film"
  —Los Angeles Times
"A strong directorial debut"

Amber Tamblyn makes her directorial debut with Paint It Black, the story of the aftermath of an unexpected loss and the struggle of those left behind to hold their lives and memories together. As Josie (Alia Shawkat) searches for the key to understanding the suicide of her boyfriend, she finds herself both repelled by and attracted to his mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), a strong-willed pianist who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a relationship that is equal parts distrust and need, as they search for answers and a path to healing.

Adapted from the eponymous book by Janet Fitch, Paint It Black is a startlingly visceral experience, which affirms Tamblyn's unique voice as a director.

Directed by Amber Tamblyn, U.S.A., 2016, 96 mins.


  • Fri., June 23 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., June 24 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., June 25 at 1:45, 3:45 & 5:45 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., June 27–29 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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