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November 11–17, 2016

Don't Look Down

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Film still: Don't Look Down


Chicago Premiere

Don't Look Down reveals the real story behind Richard Branson's daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is a world famous name, and many have heard about his ballooning, the real story of this incredible adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, Don't Look Down tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph.

Directed by Daniel Gordon, 2106, UK, 97 mins.


  • Fri., Nov. 11 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat., Nov. 12 at 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Nov. 14–17 at 7:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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