After Hours Film Society returns to the Tivoli with Edgar Wright's music documentary 'The Spark Brothers'

  • "The Sparks Brothers," a music documentary directed by Edgar Wright, will open the After Hours Film Society's return to in-person screenings.

    "The Sparks Brothers," a music documentary directed by Edgar Wright, will open the After Hours Film Society's return to in-person screenings. Courtesy of After Hours Film Society

Posted8/12/2021 5:10 PM

The After Hours Film Society is returning to in-person screenings at Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave. in Downers Grove.

On Monday, Aug. 16, "The Sparks Brothers," the 2021 music documentary directed by Edgar Wright, will be featured at 7:30 p.m.


How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Edgar Wright's debut documentary "The Sparks Brothers," which features commentary from celebrity fans Flea, Jane Wiedlin, Beck, Jack Antonoff, Jason Schwartzman, Neil Gaiman, and more, takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band's favorite band.

A discussion will follow the film screening.

Tickets are $11 or $7 for After Hours Film Society members. For information, visit

On Monday, Aug. 30, the film will be "The Perfect Candidate." A revealing look at the changing roles of women in Saudi Arabia from director Haifaa Al Mansour, the 2019 Saudi Arabian film follows Maryam, a determined young doctor who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic. Despite her father and her community's struggle to accept her as their town's first female candidate, Maryam's creative and ambitious campaign builds momentum, becoming a symbol for a larger movement

On Monday, Sept. 13, the 2020 French-Belgian movie "Summer of '85" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. When Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy's eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss. David's worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis's traditional, working-class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David's mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival (Philippine Velge) and a romantic oath that transcends life itself.

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The After Hours Film Society generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. A special thanks to the Chicago Film Critics for their partnership in providing film professionals for our post-screening discussions. These individuals have been recognized for their critical voices on the cinematic arts in the Chicago region.

It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization in Wheaton was formed to encourage the appreciation of cinema, both as an art and as a medium of information and education. Its mission is to provide the suburban community with first class foreign, art and independent films that otherwise would not be offered locally.

For information, contact (630) 534-4528 or


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