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2020 Official Film Selections

Galloping Ghost - The World's Largest Arcade

Off the beaten path outside Chicago, you'll find the world's largest arcade. Started by one obsessive compulsive collector, it was driven to success with the kind of genuine passion for video games that only nerds can muster.

 

Winnie & Charlotte's Last Night @ The Oasis

A pair of down-on-their-luck bartenders reminisce as they prepare for the unthinkable.

 

Lost Between The Trees

A teenage boy, Slot Coleman, is revealed to have crashed his car into a tree and wandered off into the forest. We follow him as he tries to find civilization and deal with the death of his father.

 

Driftless

Driftless is a feature-length drama about Nova Abbey, a park ranger at work during a state government shutdown on a busy 4th of July weekend, protecting the park from the people and the people from each other.

 

An Acquired Taste

A young chef prepares an elegant meal for his girlfriend, but both have secrets to reveal...

They Grow Up So Fast

Two sisters are home alone in a post-apocalyptic world when danger comes knocking.

Keep The Change

A comedian pulls a dine and dash in hopes of luring the owner of a restaurant to his show.

Cal & Amy

A sister visits her disabled brother and finds that he is on a downward spiral.

A Great Brother

Billy is a widowed father, the loss of his dear wife haunting him to the point he struggles with connecting with his young daughter, trying to find work, and properly care for his ailing mother. Most of his family has distanced themselves from him, unable to tolerate and deal with the consistent pain Billy puts himself through because of his never-ending grief. By saving an abused young woman through a random act of kindness, Billy finds himself the target of the woman's jealous, abusive husband. Ultimately, this will give Billy the one chance he's needed to repair his family, and save himself from certain death.

Mac Isn't Gay

A man experiencing intimacy issues with women visits his shrink, who suggests he might be gay. The offended patient then spends his entire session trying to prove he isn't gay.

Rosie

Rosie and her husband, Edward, are sweethearts of the vaudeville stage. When they are away from an audience, Edward emotionally abuses Rosie. Rosie decides to sew a dress that would make her stand out and through the process, gain her independence. One night, Rosie slips and tries to get back into it. Edward believes their routine is messed up and berates Rosie in front of the audience. Edward blames the dress and Rosie must decide whether to continue or to leave.

Thank You 5

THANK YOU 5 (a fully improvised comedy featuring an ensemble of emerging Chicago-based actors) tells the story of a fictional company of floundering thespians as they attempt to stage a production of 'Prelude to a Tradition,' an original work by playwright and director Kurt McAbbott.

The film begins on the first day of rehearsal and follows the cast through tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal and into the play's opening night as the cast and crew argue, bicker, fall in love, fall out of love, and generally clash while attempting to collaborate.

THANK YOU 5 is a tribute to all of the unsung artists who endure so much, specifically each other, to create something memorable for audiences.

Two Bad

Two fallen beings attempt to change the course of history

Guardian Angel

Olivia confronts the biggest barrier in her life as her mother is in hospice and is slowly dying. She must face her mom and say her final goodbye to receive the closure she has been needing for the last ten years.

Mixed Up

"Mixed Up" is a TV series about a group of friends that graduated from Illinois University, while all living in Chicago pushing 30. The series is a comedic commentary of the realism that millennials are dealt with today.

Fighting MSA | Austin Crawford's Story

"Facing a devastating disease with no known cause or cure, Austin Crawford claims to be 'the richest man in the world' as he fights to pay it forward and keep his head in the wind."

Multiple System Atrophy is a devastating and quickly-developing disease with no known cause or cure. Austin Crawford tells his bittersweet story as he faces this debilitating disease with a bold face and a community of friends.

The Keyhole

A young photographer moves into an old apartment building in search of different surroundings. He starts to hear strange noises from the abandoned apartment next door.

D1-H10816

A young corporate employee gets ready for work but comes into conflict with his stoic butler.

Bounty Huntin'

A lonely bounty hunter finds himself in a difficult situation when his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, with a recently kidnapped bounty still in the trunk.

The Last Prank

Charlie, a high school senior loves to prank call his friends and neighbors. Marcus, his bestfriend warned him to stop before he gets caught. What seems to be a fun game for Charlie, is now becoming a terrifying ordeal. His mother has been murdered and he has no clue who did it. He's remorseful, but it's too late. He can't bring his mother back to life. Someone finally gave Charlie a taste of his own medicine.

Shoot 'Em Up, Gavin!

A young man's life goes completely wrong, and he must find a way to deal with his frustration.

MUSE

Muse is a short film starring two college students – Shiro Curry (Freshman) and Donte James (Junior). On a quest to become a celebrity photographer, Shiro is invited to a party hosted by the student government president and popular varsity athlete Donte James. During an intimate moment at the party, Donte becomes both a subject and a love interest to Shiro as he lets his guard down for the first time. Shiro, too, learns to be more confident about himself, and the person he wants to become. When a cop stops the party and interrupts their bonding, Donte must intervene and put back on his “Student Government President” hat, leaving Shiro alone with his best friend Willow. As the party ends Shiro and Donte engage in a last private conversation, committing to help each other become the men they are truly meant to be.

Bella

A young female dancer travels on an emotional journey through psychological and physical landscapes to discover a crucial truth that lives within her.

The Lost Boyz Of Chicago

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING TEAM that brought you "For Aaron: The Documentary" comes the inspiring true story of the Lost Boyz of Chicago - a youth baseball league playing to reclaim their community from gang violence within one of the of the most violent neighborhoods in America.

Grace and Griffin

Two privileged siblings, one a pretentious college art student and the other an isolated loner, must cope with each other's short-comings and ever-growing distance as their parents leave them home alone for a weekend.

11.21.2020 - 12.5.2020