Chicago International Festival of the Arts, the annual showcase for art and culture, will honor the music of “The Unholy Trinity,” a series of six films that premiered in the 1990s and 2000s and was later remade by composer-director Richard Linklater, who has said the films have “created a community of people who have come together through a series that has transcended their differences and their fears.”
The Chicago International Documentary Film Festival will honor “The Trinity,” which was filmed in 2000 at the same location as “The Tree of Life,” an exhibition in the same city in 2001 that won the Chicago Film Critics Association’s annual award.
“The filmmakers of ‘The UnHoly Trinity’ are as much a part of Chicago as the people who live there,” said Festival Director Tom Gjelsvik.
“We’re all united in this common experience.
It’s a testament to the power of collaboration, the love and compassion of these filmmakers and the love that these viewers have for this story and its characters.”
Gjelsvik also announced that the Chicago Festival of Music and Arts will present a tribute to the films, which will feature a “Live on Stage” show featuring music from the films at 8 p.m.
Friday at the Woodlawn Theater in Wicker Park, and a “Reunion at Home” concert featuring music by Linklater.
A special “Music at the Festival” performance will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by a special screening at 12:15 p..m.; both concerts will be free and open to the public.
“This festival is a place where we celebrate the people, the artists and the stories that have shaped our world,” Gjellstrom said.
“And we are all privileged to have access to a great show of music that brings people together through this common journey.”
The festival will also include a discussion about the films in the Chicago Tribune’s Film Fest Blog on Sunday.
The Chicago Film Institute, the nonprofit that runs the festival, said the filmmakers and their team of artists are “fantastic” and “are known to bring audiences together with a sense of humor and love of cinema.”
“The work of these artists is rooted in the love of storytelling and the belief that what is true can never be too beautiful,” said Amy Satterfield, the institute’s director of programs and the festival’s executive director.
“These filmmakers and composers have transcended the boundaries of what a mainstream film festival can provide.
“It is hard to think of any artist or filmmaker more deserving of the respect and gratitude of Chicago’s creative community,” Gbelsvik said. “
Our community is deeply grateful to these artists and their work.”
“It is hard to think of any artist or filmmaker more deserving of the respect and gratitude of Chicago’s creative community,” Gbelsvik said.
The festival runs through Sunday, with the final show scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 p.t.
Tickets are available at the festival website.