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December 8–14, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Flesh and Blood

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Film still: Flesh and Blood Film still: Flesh and Blood


"A quasi-memoir that hearkens back to the raw, adventurous American cinema of the '60s and '70s. The movie bleeds honesty"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Quietly searing... character-defining interiors deepen the impact of every interaction, as characters who otherwise rarely get close-ups quite readily hold the screen"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"A scruffy but deeply felt portrait of lives on society's fringes"
  —Slant Magazine
"As a work of fiction, Flesh and Blood delivers only the slightest of narrative arcs. But to the extent that the film fulfills its documentary function, it gives us the all-too-rare opportunity to hear testimony from the sort of people who are ordinarily held at arm's length by more mainstream American cinema"
  —Film Journal International
"[Filmmaker Mark] Webber forgoes any big messages, emphasizing character development; this is a touching depiction of people trying their best despite overwhelming social odds"
  —Chicago Reader

Director and actor Mark Webber (Green Room, The End of Love) explores family dynamics using his real family as the cast and real-life situations for the story to create a film that authentically blurs the line between narrative and documentary.

Flesh and Blood tells the story of Mark, a man returning home from prison to live with his mother and teenage brother in the inner city of Philadelphia. Attempts to rebuild his life are frustrated by struggles with sobriety, a strained relationship with his activist mother (who is played by Cheri Honkala, Webber's real life mother and the Green Party's nominee for Vice President in the 2012 U.S. election.), forging a bond with his teenage brother with Asperger's and seeking out his estranged, real-life father, who he meets for the first time in over 30 years. A dysfunctional family tree soon emerges whose every branch is not only broken but likely irreparable.

Directed by Mark Webber, U.S.A., 2017, 88 mins.


  • Fri., Dec. 8 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 9 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 10 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Dec. 11–14 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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