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September 21st - 27th, 2012

Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613


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Friday, September 9th - "Opening Night"

Superheroes 90 min - Chicago Premiere

A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.

Director: Michael Barnett
Producer: Theodore James

Executive Producers: Doug Blush, Patrick Creadon, & Christine O'Malley

DP: Michael Barnett
Editors: Doug Blush, Derek Boonstra, & Jeff Chen



7:00 PM

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Green Boy 3 min

Meet Le Greenboy: France's Super Enviro-Hero and yes, his nemesis is a chick called Dirty Girl.

Director: Jérôme Genevray


Banana Bread    

Banana Bread 9 min

Matt Meyerson has a worried Jewish mother with good reason to worry.

Director: Barton Landsman



Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade 90 min -

Chicago Premiere
1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

Director: Lincoln Ruchti

Producers: John Panichello, Lincoln Ruchti, Michael Verrechia

Editor: Eddie Brega

Cast: Ronald Bailey, Sam Blackburn and Leo Daniels


9:30 PM

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40 Years 14 min

A haunting tale of loss and regret, blending live action and stunning visual effects that culminate in a dramatic finale.

Director: Russell Appleford



The Blues Brothers (1980) 133 min

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis

Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Cab Calloway



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Saturday, September 10th - "Behind The Scenes"

Bhopali 84 min

Bhopali documents the survivors of the world's worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.

Director: Van Maximilian Carlson

Producer: Kirk Palayan
Co-composer: Takeshi Furukawa & Henning Lohner


12:00 PM

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3 Hours 14 min

A dramatic recreation of an incident in Baghdad in 2007, when random militants massacred nine children. This caused the mixed Sunni/Shia community to blame each other in a tragic cycle of violence. 3 HOURS follows an older brother as he struggles between forgiveness and his desire for revenge.

Director: Regan Hall



Lesson Plan 76 min - Chicago Premiere

'Lesson Plan' is a documentary featuring interviews of the original students and teacher of the 1967 Third Wave experiment. This exercise in fascism took place in Palo Alto, California. Within one week, 30 students grew to 200 as the Third Wave took on a life of its own, and the students unwittingly re-enacted the roots of the Third Reich.

Directors: David Jeffery, Philip Neel

Producers: Robert del Valle, Mark Hancock, David Jeffery, Philip Neel

Editor: Philip Neel



2:00 PM

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When I Was Young 4 min

In a world where we feel so different, all you need is a little perspective.
Director: Jon Byron



Micky Bader 14 min

100 year old Micky has been a member of the local bathing club for almost half a decade. Every day, every season, she swims with her friends. From her story we gain a perspective on ourselves and our existence.

Director: Frida Kempff





Act Naturally 92 min - Chicago Premiere

When two estranged step-sisters learn of their father's untimely death on a business trip, they must travel cross-country to claim his remains. Upon arriving at their father's final destination, the girls are shocked to discover he had been leading a double life as the proprietor of a nudist resort. To top it off... this is their inheritance.
Director: J.P. Riley

Producers: Christine Sheaks, Dustin Pearlman, Katie L. Hall
Writer: J.P. Riley, Katie L. Hall
Cinematographer: Dustin Pearlman

Cast: Katie L. Hall, Liz Lytle, Susan May Pratt, Courtney Abbott, Josh McVaney




4:30 PM

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Flat Love    

Flat Love 15 min

Internationally acclaimed actress Isabella Rossellini narrates this visually stunning story about one man's complicated love affair with a woman who only exists in a 2D world.

Director/Writer: Andrés Sanz




Holy Rollers:

The True Story of Card Counting Christians

92 min - Chicago Premiere

Follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?

Director: Bryan Storkel

Producers: Bryan Storkel, Jason Connell, Amy Storkel

Executive Producers: Jason Connell, Ben Crawford, Alex Gelhorn, Colin Jones, Bryan Storkel

Cinematographer: Brian Liepe

Composer: Frank Lenz


7:00 PM

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Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!! 12 min

A mad romp through the Irish countryside, and a subtle commentary on the changes in traditions, and culture that is happening through the emerald Isle.

Director: Tod Polson



Eagles in the Chicken Coop 95 min - Chicago Premiere

A team of investigative documentarians set out to follow the making of a late night, made-for-television Mature Movie, to capture an inside look at mainstream American movie practices and sensibilities at their lowest. As the production spins out of control, the team of friends sidesteps the studios contractual demands of sex and nuance, risking their jobs, in a game of cat-and-mouse, scraping to protect the 'important' love story they believe The Lone Rancher can provide.

Director: Brent Florence

Producer: Bryan L. Bihari
Co-producer: James Bass
Writers: Brent Florence, Kenny Luper
Executive Producer: Reece Duca
Director of Photography: Matt Davis

Cast: Kathleen Quinlans, Bruce Abbott, Cameron Bender, Megan Bergkvist


9:30 PM

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The Sandwich Movie 4 min

On his first trip overseas as a young boy, award-winning filmmaker Sean Christensen recalls the sandwich his sister made for him, and the journey his snack took around the world.

Director: Sean Christensen



BAM! Burger Jam 4.5 min

Whimsical peril awaits in this music video entirely made from construction paper, where fantastical creatures help to tell the tale of a 'floogle-hornist' who must decide between practicing for the marching band or grilling hamburgers at the local 'BAM! Burger' restaurant.

Director: Kegan Swyers


Child's Play (1988) 87 min

Young Andy Barclay gets the doll he wanted. However, he did not know it was alive!

Director: Tom Holland

Producers: Elliot Geisinger, David Kirschner, Laura Moskowitz, Barrie M. Osborne

Writers: Don Mancini and John Lafia and Tom Holland

Cinematographer: Bill Butler

Editor: Roy E. Peterson, Edward Warschilka

Composer: Joe Renzetti

Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon and Alex Vincent



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Sunday, September 11th - "Keeping The Faith"

Beware Of Christians 94 min - Chicago Premiere

Four college students travel to Europe to escape their routine faith and gain a radically new perspective on following Jesus.

Director: Will Bakke
Writers: Will Bakke, Michael B. Allen
Stars: Will Bakke, Michael B. Allen, Alex R. Carroll



1:00 PM

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Eleven 2.5 min

Operative 4511, a stranded space marine, copes with being on his own and outnumbered. His only hope is to contact someone who can aid him in his escape...

Director: David Boutilier



Stay With Me Jesus 3.5 min

Using shadow puppets, animation and recycled paper sets, film group One Degree Off captures the spirit and irony of the Guster song, 'Stay with Me Jesus'.

Directors: Kathleen Judge, Susan Hall, and Jason Creps



Stepping Into The Fire 84 min - Chicago Premiere

What if the life you lived, the wealth you earned, the possessions you attained, were a deception? What if the answers to all of life's questions were planted deep within the Amazons of Peru? This story takes you on a journey towards the discovery of life's purpose. Step into the fire and you may just find what you've been searching for all along.

Directors: Ross Evison, Roberto Velez

Producers: Jeremy Bailer, Ben Hatta, Vicki Hersh, Alvin Joseph, Amber Milt, Roberto Velez, Donna Walsh


3:30 PM

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The Philosopher 16 min

A successful man decides to strip himself of all material objects in order to attain a clear, pure mind for thought and philosophy...

Director: Abdulla Al Kaabi



Heaven's Rain 105 min - Chicago Premiere

Based on true events, Heaven's Rain recounts the story of the Douglass family, whose lives were irrevocably changed one evening 30 years ago. The son, after becoming an Oklahoma State Senator and authoring groundbreaking victims' rights legislation, is forced to move forward from his past.

Director: Paul Brown
Writers: Paul Brown, Brooks Douglass
Cast: Mike Vogel, Erin Chambers, Taryn Manning


6:00 PM

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The Lucky One 4.5 min

Frustrated by the life they've created, two men simultaneously share their introspective view of the the world around them.

Director: Jon Byron



Bottle 5.5 min

A transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

Director: Kirsten Lepore



Cleanflix 92 min - Chicago Premiere

This insightful documentary follows the sanitized movie industry from inception to collapse. Starting with Kate Winslet's nudity in Titanic and the Mormon culture that didn't want to see it, the film launches into the numerous legal and theoretical debates that led to a DGA lawsuit involving industry titans.

Directors: Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi

Writers: Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi

Executive Producers: Rachel Mae Ligairi, Stephen Oxman, Jolyn Schleiffarth, Jason Connell

Producers: Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi, Amber Bollinger, William Rowan Jr.


8:30 PM

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Fu(nd) This! 11 min

A film funding applicant battles against censorship and cultural cowardice, as well as his own conscience, in a fraught attempt to get his project 'green-lit' in this surreal and biting political comedy.

Directors: Anna Edwards, Oliver Houston


Monday, September 12th - "Fightin' Irish"

Strong Bodies Fight 65 min - Chicago Premiere

"Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished." This is the motto of the Notre Dame Boxing Team, which annually hosts an intramural charity tournament called “The Bengal Bouts” to support development efforts in the poverty-stricken country of Bangladesh. A unique story of sweat, sacrifice, and solidarity, Strong Bodies Fight takes you on an inspirational journey through one boxing team’s fight against poverty.

Director: William Donaruma

Producers: Robin Donaruma, William Donaruma, Patrick Ryan, Tom Suddes, Mark Weber

Writer: Mark Weber

Cinematographer: John Klein





7:00 PM

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Desert Veil 3.5 min

An exiled woman is confronted with hallucinations of her past and future."

Directors: Lyz Holder & Ed Janne



De Lucha Boys 13 min

At only eight years old, Max and Olaf are pulling off all kinds of crazy stunts, but the sky is the limit, as they find out in their last daring game...

Director: Thijs Bazelmans



White Irish Drinkers 109 min - Chicago Premiere

Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.

Director/Writer/Producer: John Gray

Producers: Melissa Jo Peltier, Paul Bernard, James Scura

Director of Photography: Seamus Tierney

Cast: Nick Thurston, Geoff Wigdor, Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Leslie Murphy


9:30 PM

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The Interview 3.5 min

The Interview follows a lone man to an interview with the world's most powerful and dangerous arm's dealer, Draco. If he survives a sixty second fight with four of Draco's men, he's got a job.
Director: Giovanni Zelko


Tuesday, September 13th - "Life and Death"

The Drummond Will 81 min - Chicago Premiere

The Drummond Will follows estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond as they find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous undertaking to unravel the mystery surrounding their father’s very unlikely wealth.

Director: Alan Butterworth

Producer: Tobias Tobbell

Writers: Alan Butterworth and Sam Forster

Cast: Phillip James, Mark Oosterveen, Keith Parry, Nigel Osner


7:00 PM

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Weirdo 4 min

This is the story of Romain who has always felt different because of the antlers he was born with. But one day someone is going to change his life and the way people look at him.

Directors: Audrey Najar, Frédéric Perrot



Write of Passage 8.5 min

A down and out writer , struggling with a case of writer's block, must face his greatest nemesis - his own typewriter.

Director: Brad Jones



The Dead Inside 98 minutes - Chicago Premiere

The Dead Inside is a haunting musical about two artists, Wes and Fi, who have misplaced their muse. When Fi begins to show signs of schizophrenia, Wes finds inspiration in her deterioration. When it turns out she is actually possessed, he must choose between the woman he loves and the evil intruder that inspires him.

Director: Travis Betz

Producer: Galicia Bloom
Writer: Travis Betz

Executive Producer: Jessica Petelle

Original Music: Joel Van Vliet
Cast: Sarah Lassez, Dustin Fasching



9:30 PM

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Home 11.5 min

Tells the story of a lone surviving woman, stuck in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the undead, trying to hold on to the last of her humanity.

Director: Cameron McCulloch


Wednesday, September 14th - "Closing Night"

Falling Overnight 84 min - Chicago Premiere

The story of Elliot Carson on the day before he has surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot's path intersects with Chloe Webb who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city. But as morning approaches, and Chloe learns of Elliot's condition, the magic of the evening unravels, and they must together face the uncertainty of Elliot's future.

Director/Writer/DP/Editor/Executive Producer: Conrad Jackson

Producers: Jed Rhein, Elizabeth Jackson

Writers/Executive Producers: Aaron Golden, Parker Croft
Executive Producers: Christian Yeager, Sangeeta Parekh, Lou Fusaro

Cast: Parker Croft, Emilia Zoryan




7:00 PM

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Kiss 2 min

Kiss, a love story. Told as a solar eclipse.

Directors: Franck Aubry, Joseph Hodgson



A Shining Light 10 min

An old man recounts the curious history pertaining to him and his prized possession, the world's oldest working consumer light bulb.

Director: Blair Barnette



Colin Hearts Kay 88 min - Chicago Premiere

When Brooklyn-based cartoonist Colin Jensen breaks up with longtime girlfriend Kay Ho, he pulls out all stops to win her back including dragging her into the illustrated world of his cartoons.

Director/Writer: Sebastian Conley

Producers: Benjamin Conley, Sebastian Conley, Nitin Madan

Associate Producer: Kishori Rajan

Executive Producer: Daniel Kadin

Cast: Noah Starr, Emily Chang, Mellini Kantayya, Abraham De Funes, Nitin Madan, Kyle Walters


9:30 PM

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Post-Nup: CSI, Dinner Party 3 min

In this episode of Post-Nup, Gaby and Omar examine their extremely different views of what happened during a dinner party.

Director: Katharine Woodman-Maynard



My Friend Peter 11 min

Revolves around Gerald, a socially-awkward young man whose best friend, Peter, a monkey puppet, teaches him how to interact with strangers.

Director: Steve Kopera


Thursday, September 15th - "Encore Night"

Sixteen Candles (1984) 93 min

A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director/Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry




7:00 PM

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Weird Science (1985) 94 min

Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Director/Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock


9:30 PM

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Friday, September 9th - "Behind The Scenes"

The Kings of Flint 27 min

Chronicling Flint farmers and residents as they revitalize their city by growing vegetables and fruits that feed neighborhoods, schools and local restaurants.

Director: Troy Hale and Geri Alumit Zeldes

  5:30 PM

From The Ground Up 31 min

This film documents widows of NY firefighters 10 Years after 9/11, capturing the resilience, courage, and indomitable human spirit of embodied by these regular people who have survived extraordinary loss.

Director: Beth Gage, George Gage


Monday, September 12th - "Cultural Awareness "

Men of Ashes 22 min

A short documentary film about a religious sect known as Naga Sadhus and seeks to depict their life style and activities at the Hindu Festival called 'MahaKumbh Mela'

Directors: Ruby Anand, Ashutosh Thakur

  5:30 PM

Keeping Them Safe 28 min

Sopheak 27, works in one of Cambodia's notorious 'Karaoke Bars'. Condemned to a life of poverty, she must make tough choices so that her seven year old daughter does not face her same fate.

Director: Lauren and Melissa Sandler


Tuesday, September 13th - "Fantasy "

The Lost Explorer 20 min

A young girl discovers an explorer from Africa dying of malaria at the foot of her garden, and manages to keep his existence, death, and burial a secret from her parents.

Director: Tim Walker

  5:30 PM

The Spaceship 25 min

Mia wants to go to space, but finds it difficult to raise money. Her fantastic pizza doesn't convince the restaurant owner who claims one 'need to have it in the veins'. A warm film about dreams, prejudices and a different girl.

Director: Emil Mkrttchian



Wednesday, September 14th - "Behind The Music"

Fanning the Fire 20 min

Fanning the Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen who followed his dreams.

Director: David Seay

  5:30 PM

Me and the Devil Blues 24 min

Two goofy Australian musicians take to the American Blues Trail to confront the mysterious legend of the crossroads. A search for the true soul of the Blues begins... as two friends discover they are facing a crossroads in their own lives.
Director: Aidan Prewett


Thursday, September 15th - "Dark Comedy"

The Birds Upstairs 8.5 min

Frustrated attempts to bear children overwhelm the lives of an aristocratic, avian couple in the early nineteenth century.

Director: Christopher Jarvis

  5:30 PM

Quarters 18 min

After Evan's cross-country adventure of a lifetime is derailed by his best friends engagement, he plots revenge at the risk of losing a friendship forever.

Director: Drew Mylrea


Dead Bastard 23 min

In order to receive their inheritance, three estranged siblings must move back into their childhood home
and fulfill the outlandish stipulations in their dead father's will.

Director: James Scully



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