In dreams he hears the siren call of the dancing dolls. He must answer the call no matter the risk. A Dream of Dolls Dancing is a new short film by the creator of Blood Tea and Red String.
Apeiron (Trailer Concept), 4 Min, Italy
The heart of "Apeiron" is that everything on Earth is connected to each other. From the objects to our feelings, even our toughts, everything vibrates at a precise frequency and can be traced to create a connection with it. Toughts are not subjected to time. And so the only way to transcend spacetime is through our toughts.
Between Seconds, 20 Min, USA
"Between Seconds" is the story of two musicians who have grown out of sync with their music and ultimately themselves. Adrian, a classically trained pianist, loses the ability to play in sync with his music when thoughts of his ex-girlfriend flood his mind. Alicia, a struggling opera singer, loses her ability to sing in sync when she realizes she can't really grasp her dreams. Both the musicians discover mysterious red envelopes which lead them inside of their clocks and into a surreal clock world. Here they must figure out how to synchronize themselves or they risk never being able to play their music again.
Blueprint for Bronzeville, 41 Min, USA
When the City of Chicago decides that its legendary African-American neighborhood Bronzeville will be the host community for a doomed Olympics Bid, housing activists swing into action. But with an international spotlight upon them, can they get a real commitment to affordable homeownership from City Hall?
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Cheese Shop, 14 Min, USA
Cheese Shop takes place over the course of one long day at an artisan cheese shop. Ella, an out-of-work actress, struggles to wrap cheese in plastic, build trays, and cut every variety of cheese throughout her first day of work at the shop. Meanwhile, her life outside the shop appears to be falling apart: career failure, a break-up, and...bed bugs.
But an interaction with a sage cheesemonger and a particular block of cheddar helps to put everything in perspective. Cheese Shop is a bitter-sweet, funky little film...like a simple wedge of cheese.
Clay's Tavern, 10 Min, USA
A Claymation series featured around a chain of creepy tavern's owned by a mob boss named Clay. Expect 4th wall breaking, mis-direct humor and plot twists.
Dome Zone, 16 Min 16 Sec, USA
Two burnt-out buddies are on a quest to reach the highest of heights after their town’s weed supply dries up. Our heroes take matters into their own hands and step into the Dome Zone on their own.
Earth to Isaac, 11 Min 21 Sec, USA
After a tragedy, a father and son struggle to connect. Looking for answers in the stars, the boy, Isaac, begins searching through his attic for supplies to build an interstellar radio. As Isaac progresses towards his goal, both father and son are forced to confront their mutual loss.
Escape from Reality: Fursuiting, 20 Min, UK
Eyes So Blue, 3 Min, USA
EYES SO BLUE is an upbeat song about being lonely after a breakup. In the music video, there is a contest to see which partner is more "over" the break up. As it escalates, the winner is clear.
F.A.M, 30 Min, USA
A father's life is complicated by a trio of women: his daughter, her mother, and his wife, who are all taking him on a ride.
God in Chicago, 5 Min, USA
Soundtracked by Craig Finn, taken from The Hold Steady frontman’s album, We All Want The Same Things—Director Kris Merc delivers a portrait of a couple's desolate lives during a road trip to temporarily escape to the Windy City. The spoken-word tale unfolds in a gritty, bare-bones style, in the backdrop of the sudden loss in their lives, as they try to find joy in a fleeting moment.
Gogol, 48 Min, Russian Federation
The year 1829. Nikolay Gogol, a young Third Section clerk, is desperate: his own books seem shallow and mediocre, so he keeps buying entire print runs just to burn them all. He is suffering from violent epileptic seizures and struggles to keep on working. Investigator Yakov Guro accidentally witnesses one such fit and realizes that Gogol’s visions contain clues that could help solve actual crimes. Together, Gogol and Guro take on a particularly weird and baffling case that brings them to a small village of Dikanka, where everyone has a huge secret to hide.
Hummingbird 61 Min, USA
When Amy Anderson, a beautiful, young, blonde, blue-eyed, American girl, finds herself seduced on Facebook by Nero, a high Emir in Syria, her sudden disappearance menaces to break some fundamental pillars of our society.
Lilt, 12 Min 37 Sec, USA
Daydreams of dancers flood the thoughts of a woman as she says goodbye.
Lost Fare, 89 Min, USA
An abused 11 year old girl and a cab driver form an unlikely friendship and travel together on a journey of redemption.
Maryville Kids, 16 Min, USA
Maryville Academy, a catholic orphanage in Des Plaines Illinois, has nurtured and cared for Chicago’s abused or neglected children for one-hundred-thirty-four years. For one group of the institution's alumni, the family bond made with each other at the institution becomes much stronger than any relationships they might have made with blood relatives. In a not-so-perfect-yet-effective environment made possible by the matchless guidance and devotion of former Executive Director Father John Smyth, these 'Maryville Kids' achieve their dreams of a second chance at a life of dignity, fulfillment and self-reliance.
Mind Game, 2 Min 24 Sec, China
Monster City, 30 Min, Taiwan
This independent crime short film is made by LO-TIEN LI, a Taiwanese student who studies in the Director Department of Beijing Film Academy. This film describes that Zhang Bing, a college student of journalism, got a video of a crime by chance, and during the investigation, he gradually found his deepest desires.
Motor City Horseman, 4 Min 27 Sec, USA
An urban cowboy dreams of starting a ranch in inner city Detroit to help urban youth learn cowboy values.
Mustang Pride, 11 Min 53 Sec, USA
Keishawn, a high school varsity football player for the Mustangs, trespasses onto private property in the suburban Las Vegas desert to see a Mustang.
Scary Stories, 82 Min, USA
The children’s book series entitled Scary Stories has become a symbol for entire generations of people who grew up taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. It has also become one of the most challenged children’s books of the last half century.
Follow Peter Schwartz, son of the author, as he explores the history of these books and the controversies that have resulted from books like these. Ripe with nostalgia, hear from children’s horror authors of the 1980’s and 1990’s such as R.L. Stine, Debbie Dadey, Bruce Coville, and Q.L. Pearce. Explore the roots of the folklore that made up the Scary Stories tales. And marvel at the cult-like fandom that has arisen from the books and the artwork in the last 35 years.
Along the way we learn of a censorship case involving the books that received national attention. The documentary culminates with a meeting between the PTA mother at the center of that debate and Peter Schwartz. A complex familial relationship between a son and the father he didn’t believe in becomes the center of a censorship debate that has simmered for decades.
Smiley's, 17 Min, USA
A country legend becomes a waking nightmare for Mitch, a college student stressed out about an upcoming exam. His study group takes a break to the rural country side which leads to an unusual discovery followed by an unnatural obsession. A mysterious soda machine stocked by a Witch in the woods takes Mitch down a dark rabbit hole he may never return from.
Snapshots, 91 Min, USA
When a grandmother's secret past collides with her granddaughter's secret future and her daughter's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. With a simple roll of film it begins. Set in the present with flashbacks to the early 1960's, Snapshots brings together the matriarch Rose (Piper Laurie), her daughter Patty (Brooke Adams) granddaughter Allison (Emily Baldoni), Shannon Collis as Young Rose and Max Adler as her husband Joe, Emily Goss as Louise and her husband Zee played by Brett Dier.
Solo, 12 Min 13 Sec, USA
A young man with a flawed and troubled past meets someone who might have an impact on his life and his future decision-making.
Sons Of, 19 Min 18 Sec, France
In an orphanage, about 20 children. We can hear their wonderings, see them fight to be chosen, guess their fears and their dream to be part of a family. Why not put them online, in order to boost their adoption ?
Summer, 7 Min 10 Sec, Australia
Since the big stock market crash, caused by insane financial speculations, an economic crisis and unemployment rule peoples life. But now at last, things are getting better. Finally, also Karl (22) has found work again. Proud of his new job, now Karl finds the courage to get closer to Anna. It seems that both are facing a good, promising future.
The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability, 29 Min 44 Sec, USA
This 29-minute documentary film tells the story of a small, deteriorated creek and a group of high schoolers who attempts to save the dying ecosystem before it is gone forever.
The Iso Rivolta Chronicles, 70 Min, Italy
The Iso Rivolta Chronicles', focuses on the pioneering and unlucky brand Iso Rivolta, that gave us some of the most beautiful and inventive vehicles of the 50s and 60s.
The Killing of the 5th Element, 65 Min, USA
Is music just entertainment or a movement? The Golden Age of hip-hop is regarded as the best era in hip-hop. The Killing of the 5th Element, examines the lost element of “consciousness”/knowledge in music. The Killing of the 5th Element covers diverse opinions from artist who answer the question, is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change? Starring Speech (Arrested Development), M1 (Dead Prez), Jasiri X (1 Hood), Cold Hard (Crucial Conflict), Scoop Jackson (XXL), and more.
The KNOW, 72 Min, USA
A compulsive eater/cleaning man tries to keep his spirit in tact in a world where all media is owned by one company with an agenda of mind control.
The Neo Futurists: In the Making, 60 Min, France
For more than 25 years, the Neo-Futurists theatre ensemble has been successfully performing in Chicago before an enthusiastic and much diverse audience. Every week Megan, Leah, Brenda, Kurt, Trevor and Noelle write and perform new plays: political satires, melancholic monologues, dada-style or pure slapstick comedy. THE NEOS (INSIDE THE CHICAGO NEO-FUTURISTS) gives us unique insight at their creative process and the challenges the ensemble has to face in a shifting cultural landscape, where the burst of digital entertainment brings the place of performing arts, and of their own commitment and yearnings, into question.
Trenches of Rock, 86 Min, USA
TRENCHES OF ROCK marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Paul Michael Bloodgood. Executive Produced by Oscar and Grammy winner James Moll (FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH), the film depicts the career of 1980s heavy metal band BLOODGOOD, who was targeted not only by a mainstream music industry that found their blatant use of faith-based lyrics an unfitting marriage with heavy metal, but also by Christians who believed their music was the work of the devil. BLOODGOOD became a trailblazer of “Christian Metal,” touring the world and facing adversity head-on while confronted by death threats, picketers and protests of these "metal missionaries.” TRENCHES OF ROCK had its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival, and has garnered the attention of festivals worldwide, receiving 10 accolades including multiple "Best Feature Documentary" and "Best Director" awards.
Water, 4 Min 8 Sec, USA
Window Channel Network takes you on a four-minute journey to some of the planet's most spectacular glaciers, waterfalls, beaches, rivers and waterways. Destinations include, Iceland, Igauzu Falls Brazil, Atchafalaya Basin Louisiana, Lake Tahoe California, Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Music score "Reminiscence" by Wieland Reisssmann and Peter Simmer.
We Are The Rohingya, 29 Min, USA
Rohingya refugees are celebrating the first anniversary of the Rohingya Culture Center in Chicago. But the plight of their people hangs heavy over their heads. None more than the center's founder, Nasir Bin Zakaria, whose personal odyssey represents both the triumph and tragedy of the Rohingya people.
White Wolves, 15 Min 27 Sec, USA
Josh, a surfer living a life of withdrawal due to a devastating breakup, has a strange run-in with a complete stranger who causes him to question the way he lives and whether being a lone wolf is the answer.
Wink, 15 Min, USA
A lonely and slightly repressed housewife discovers an unusual way to spice up her afternoon.
Women 21 (Teaser), 4 Min, United Kingdom
A mini-series a la Netflix' Che'fs table about the challenges and joys, decisions and fates of modern women in the 21st century