Take a visual tour through the neighborhoods of Chicago with Jamie and Jessie. And by the way, they are not together. Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together is the latest film by local filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton. Though its Chicago premier happened a few months ago, on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:00pm, you'll have the opportunity to see it when it returns to the big screen at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.)
The film tells the story of Jamie and Jessie, roommates. Jessie has two weeks until she leaves Chicago, but Jamie has something she wants to tell her. There are a few plot twists, and you'll just have to see the movie to find out what they are! Carlton features numerous GLBT establishments and Chicago landmarks including Parlour on Clark (6341 N. Clark St.), the iconic lakefront (areas north of Foster Ave.), New Wave Coffee (2557 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Women and Children First Bookstore (5233 N. Clark St.), and Byron's Hot Dogs (1017 W. Irving Park Rd.).
As a musician, I always pay close attention to how the music weaves its way into movies. While the film tells the story of romantic tension, the heaviness is broken up by songs written by Carlton and Stephanie Vicek, music director at The Second City. While it seems like something you would expect in a musical theater production, Carlton has done well to seamlessly integrate these pieces into the film.
The screening benefits Howard Brown's LCCP (Lesbian Community Care Project), which offers medical and mental health care, support services, and educational programming. Advance tickets can be purchased here and include admission to the film's after party across the street at Blue Bayou.
It is recommended that you take public transit if you plan to attend the event. While the Chicago Cubs are not in town this specific day, the area surrounding the Music Box Theatre is zoned parking, which makes it difficult to find open spaces! The theatre is accessible via bus and the brown line. Please visit the CTA's website for routes and schedules.