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August 4–10, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Brave New Jersey

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Film still: Brave New Jersey


"An uplifting romp, led by a lovely, delicate performance from Tony Hale"
  —Film Inquiry
4 stars½ "A real charmer of a film... it it does what it does exceptionally well, with fluid direction and pitch perfect performances"
  —Eye for Film

A comedy in a small town in New Jersey on October 30, 1938—the night of Orson Welles's legendary "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of Lullaby, NJ are faced with what they think is their last night on Earth, they wonder how they are going to spend it. The lonely mayor, the timid housewife, the innocent schoolteacher, the jaded reverend, the arrogant entrepreneur, the timid sheriff and the reclusive war veteran, who will all be put to the test over the course of one unpredictable and explosive evening, as hilarious and life-changing events unfold.

Brave New Jersey stars a huge ensemble of amazing actors, including Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, The Help), Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality, Manchester by the Sea), Dan Bakkedahl (Veep, Life in Pieces), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper), Mel Rodriguez (Better Call Saul, The Last Man on Earth), Erika Alexander (Living Single), and Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot).

Directed by Jody Lambert, U.S.A., 2016, 86 mins.


  • Fri., Aug. 4 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Aug. 5–6 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 7–10 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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