These innovative shorts showcase the very best in Chicago and Illinois filmmaking across a wide variety of genres and forms. Featuring works by Andre Muir and Danielle Alston, Jennifer Boles, Hannah Welever, Orlando Leroi, Lisa Barcy, Ian Bertorelli, Alex Heller, and Ben Strang.
Patois is a tender character study of a young Jamaican girl desperate to fit in. The Reversal arranges and animates thousands of stunning glass-plate photographs to ponder the reversal and transformation of the Chicago River. A futuristic dating app becomes a lifeline for an agoraphobic woman in Swipe Up, Vivian! In Pegasus, a brutal interaction with the Chicago police finds a young black father searching for freedom beyond the limits of the atmosphere. A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and explore the hidden lives of their caregivers in The Ephemeral Orphanage. Sacred Brick Technology incisively contemplates the history and legacy of brickwork in Chicago. A hilariously overprotective mother does her best to defend her daughter in Grizzlies. A Mystery to Me is an inspiring portrait of a woman named Vanetta and her determined battle against a rare neuromuscular disease.