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October 10–16, 2014

Chicago Premiere

No No: A Dockumentary

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Grand Jury Prize
Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Smart and sympathetic"
  —New York Times
"[An] engaging portrait of a complicated but vivid sports figure"
  —Los Angeles Times
"A compulsively absorbing look back at baseball's wild and woolly days in the 1970s"
  —Washington Post
"[The film's] subject is certainly one of a kind. History buffs, particularly those of the era, will want a seat in the ballpark; for Pittsburgh fans, this is a collectible"
"A sensitive and absorbing portrait of the man in full"
3 stars½ "A compelling, deeply moving, fun look at the highs and lows of a bygone era"
  —The Dissolve
"An intensely personal story as well as a glimpse into the social/political cataclysms of the 1960 and '70s"
  —Hollywood Reporter
  —Chicago Tribune
  —Chicago Reader

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates, while tripping on LSD ("High as a Georgia pine" is how he described himself.) Known for wearing curlers under his baseball cap and refusing to accept the second-class treatment African Americans so often faced in the league, Dock was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports. Proudly black, loudly opinionated, ready to rumble and almost always high on one substance or another, Dock was considered the "Muhammad Ali of Baseball". Whether it was wearing hair curlers in the dugout or beaning his opponent, Dock created outrage and earned pennants for his team. However, his increasing dependence on amphetamines, especially the scourge of pro athletes called "greenies," took its toll on Dock, resulting in more violent and unstable behavior on the field and off. . But he was not going down without a fight and in his "second act", after being broke and unemployable, he became sober, devoting his energies to helping others confront their addictions.

There are a lot of colorful characters in the story of this larger-than-life figure, and filmmaker Jeffrey Radice corrals colleagues, ex-wives, journalists, managers, children, gadflies and protégés to produce a balanced biography of Ellis with the generosity of spirit the man himself embraced in the last few decades of his life. No No: A Dockumentary is a lot of things: sports movie, redemption narrative and portrait of an era, but at its core it is quintessentially Dock, featuring a fantastic hard psychedelic funk score by Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.

Directed by Jeff Radice, U.S.A. 2014, 100 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 10 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Oct. 11–12 at 5, 7 & 9 p.m.
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 13–16 at 7 & 9 pm
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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation