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Cinema/Chicago News

Cinema/Chicago News

Cinema/Chicago News

Cinema/Chicago News

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Director Spotlight: Alex Phillips on All Jacked Up and Full of Worms

Published: October 14, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

We are beyond excited to welcome alum, Alex Phillips, back to the festival this year with his debut feature, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms. It is a surrealist and vibrantly twisted tale that follows a trio as they careen down a rabbit hole after ingesting hallucinogenic earthworms. Riveting though highly disturbing, the film is not meant to induce pleasure, but instead repulsion and even anger. It is an absolute trip. 

You wrote this film as well as directed it.[…]

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3 Films Reinventing Genre to Watch at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival

Published: October 13, 2022  |  Filed under: Festival News

Women laced into tightly wrought corsets; femme fatales shrouded in shadow; a precocious detective with a sharp wit. Each image evokes something particular, connects to a collective association with a specific genre. This association comes with preexisting knowledge, an awareness about what symmetries define that genre and what it means or represents as a category. This recognizability can be both helpful and detrimental, the latter happening when something gets too bogged down in tropes and conventions rather than its own narrative.[…]

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