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'Chi-Raq' opens in Lawrence on Jan. 15

Thursday, January 14, 2016

LAWRENCE – Local filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s latest work, “Chi-Raq,” a movie that uses satire to tackle gun violence in Chicago, will open at Liberty Hall on Friday, Jan. 15.

From Friday to Jan. 21, the movie will show at 7 p.m. in the main theater and at 9:30 p.m. in the little theater. For possible showtimes after Jan. 21, contact Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. St., at 749-1972.

“I’m looking forward to the film opening in Lawrence. I know a lot of people have been waiting to see it,” said Willmott, associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas.

Willmott was a co-writer and an executive producer of the movie, which was inspired by the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata.” As in Aristophanes’ 411 B.C. comedy, the women of Chicago launch a sex strike in the hopes of ending street violence.

Directed by Spike Lee, “Chi-Raq" stars Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Wesley Snipes and Teyonah Parris. It opened in theaters across the country on Dec. 4, but Friday will be its first showing in Lawrence.