Our neighbor, Holly L. De Ruyter, is a documentary filmmaker who lives in Edgewater Glen. She has an award-winning documentary film screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center downtown starting this Friday.
If you are interested in checking it out, Holly would love to see some of our neighbors at the screening. We included links to two trailers, tickets and more information about Holly and her film below. It’s a fun piece!
After sold-out premiere screenings in January, the award-winning documentary Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club on Wisconsin’s iconic supper clubs, created by Chicago resident and Wisconsin native Holly L. De Ruyter returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for its first Chicago theatrical run from Friday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 4. Showtimes are Friday, April 29, at 2:00 pm; Saturday, April 30, at 5:15 pm; Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 pm; Monday, May 2, at 6:00 pm; and Wednesday, May 4, at 7:45 pm.
Director Holly L. De Ruyter will be in attendance for a Question and Answer with the audience after all screenings. Dave Hoekstra, former Chicago Sun-Times columnist-critic, current host of Nocturnal Journal on WGN-720AM and author of “The Supper Club Book: A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition”, will guest moderate some of the screenings.
Old Fashioned premiered in April 2015 to sold-out crowds at the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, WI. It has gone on to screen at various film festivals around the upper Midwest to more sold-out crowds and rave reviews. Capital Times reporter Lindsay Christians wrote, “Holly De Ruyter has captured something sweet, nostalgic and fundamentally Midwestern in her enjoyable new film.”
De Ruyter attended Columbia College Chicago and studied film and video with a concentration in documentary filmmaking. De Ruyter’s move to Chicago for college opened her eyes to the many unique Wisconsin traditions that she had taken for granted growing up. She decided to create a documentary on supper clubs in order to explore Wisconsin culture and to better understand why supper clubs are such an institution there. She spent six years cross-crossing the state interviewing experts on Wisconsin history, food and culture along with supper club owners and their patrons. The 51-minute documentary explores Wisconsin mainstays such as the Friday fish fry, the brandy Old Fashioned and many other historical and cultural traditions. Holly L. De Ruyter, the director, producer, and editor of Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, freelances in Chicago as an editor and producer. Her work ranges from award-winning documentaries to national commercial spots.
You can get tickets here: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/oldfashioned