A Tribute to Bill Siegel: The Weather Underground and The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Wed, Jun 5th, 2019

***A Tribute to Bill Siegel feat. The Weather Underground & The Trails of Muhammad Ali w/ Q&As following both films!***

**Co-presented by Kartemquin Films**

Bill Siegel, Director of the Academy Award-nominated The Weather Underground (2003) and Emmy Award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013), passed away in December 2018. Kartemquin Films and the Music Box Theatre will honor the life of Chicago-based filmmaker with a special double bill of these two mighty documentaries about the personal costs of political resistance. Join Bill's family, friends, and collaborators as we celebrate Bill's compassion, intelligence, activism, and inspiring filmmaking. All profits are being donated to a fund for Bill's children.

THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND (2002, 92 min., 35mm, Dir. Bill Siegel & Sam Green)

Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the government throughout much of the 1970s—bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Academy Award-nominated THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to “bring the war home.”

"A great story! The young, violent, and glamorous anti-establishment militants of the 1960s. Terrifically smart!" — Elvis Mitchell, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A powerful and searching documentary... enmeshes us in the madness, the devotion, the myopic absolutism, and — yes — the fearlessness of the Vietnam era's most righteous anarchists." — Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI (2013, 86 min., DCP, Dir. Bill Siegel)

Emmy Award-winning THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

"The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen and–dare I say–I've seen 'em all."
– The Nation

"Richly textured and exhaustively researched...fresh clips and new voices that make Ali come alive... a gift."
– Sports Illustrated

Movies & Showtimes for
A Tribute to Bill Siegel: The Weather Underground and The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Wed, Jun 5th
The Weather Underground

7:00PM
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Wed, Jun 5th
The Trials of Muhammad Ali

9:20PM
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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

A FILM BY: Bill Siegel
STARRING: Muhammad Ali

***screening followed by a Q&A w/ Aaron Wickenden (editor), Rachel Pikelny (producer), Joshua Abrams (composer), & Gordon Quinn (executive producer). Moderated by journalist Salim Muwakkil (In These Times, The Chicago Tribune)***

**Co-presented by Kartemquin Films**

Emmy Award-winning THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI covers the explosive crossroads of Ali's life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali's choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

"The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen and–dare I say–I've seen 'em all."
– The Nation

"Richly textured and exhaustively researched...fresh clips and new voices that make Ali come alive... a gift."
– Sports Illustrated

Technical Information

Production Year: 2013
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP

The Weather Underground

A FILM BY: Bill Siegel, Sam Green
STARRING: Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert, Brian Flanagan, Laura Whitehorn, Naomi Jaffe , Kathleen Cleaver, Todd Gitlin

**screening followed by a Q&A w/ Bill Ayers (participant), Bernadine Dohrn (participant), & Lois Vossen (executive producer). Moderated by journalist Ray Pride (NewCity)**

**Co-presented by Kartemquin Films**

Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the government throughout much of the 1970s—bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Academy Award-nominated THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND is a feature-length documentary that explores the rise and fall of this radical movement, as former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to “bring the war home.” 

"A great story! The young, violent, and glamorous anti-establishment militants of the 1960s. Terrifically smart!" — Elvis Mitchell, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A powerful and searching documentary... enmeshes us in the madness, the devotion, the myopic absolutism, and — yes — the fearlessness of the Vietnam era's most righteous anarchists." — Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Technical Information

Production Year: 2002
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: 35mm

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