elevated films

Nothing says summer in the city like watching a film outside on a rooftop in Chicago as the sun sets and the lights of the city begin to illuminate the night.

This year, Elevated Films Chicago, celebrating its fifth year of showing independent films, kicks off its season Thursday at the Ace Hotel’s Prairie Garden, 311 N. Morgan St., with the Chicago-made SXSW Award-winner, “Saint Frances.”

This emotionally loaded film creates a heartfelt story line as a woman who aborted her accidental pregnancy now becomes an unlikely nanny, forging a friendship with her 6-year-old charge.

Writer and star Kelly O’Sullivan sends a strong and vibrant message with her extraordinarily rich characters. O’Sullivan and director Alex Thompson will be on hand to answer questions moderated by Kris Swanberg.

The Rooftop Summer Series also will include Lynn Shelton’s “Sword of Trust” starring Marc Maron in July and the Sundance Midnight favorite film, “Greener Grass” by Jocelyn DoBoer and Dawn Luebbe in late summer.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. followed by cocktails, music and mingling with the screening to start at sunset.

You can purchase tickets at Eventbrite, eventbrite.com/e/saint-frances-film-event-tickets-61015818957, for $15.

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