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Closing Night: Chicagoland [CineYouth]

The exhilarating work of Chicago’s next generation of filmmakers is showcased in this eclectic collection that celebrates the vast array of creative expressions emerging from our city.

Note: Films in this program contain themes or language that may not be suitable for all ages.


How to Glow in the Dark

Maggie Brill | Evanston | Age 21

With their parents fighting downstairs, 15-year-old Charlotte attempts to comfort her imaginative younger sister Avery with a magical bedtime story.

Taste of 75th

Andee Williams, Aniya Carey, Antoinette Green, and Iyana Jordan | Chicago | Ages 15-18

A celebration of famous eats on Chicago’s South Side featuring Brown Sugar Bakery, Original Soul Vegetarian, and Mabe’s Deli.

look at our bodies

Christina Erica Eagleson | Chicago | Age 20

As two young women prepare for a night out, they reflect on their ever-changing relationships with their bodies.

Your Face In December

Chris Derek Van | Chicago | Age 18

An immersive collage depicting the many facets of love between two men.

See Me

Josh Leftwich | Chicago | Age 22

After his older brother goes missing, a young boy sets out in search of him with the help of a mysterious stranger.

Chicago Polar Bear Club

Rebecca Shaid, Hank Yang, Ethan Cheng | Evanston | Age 21

With the shared goal of supporting Chicago families in need, a group of daredevils meets every winter to take a plunge in icy Lake Michigan-–and creates community along the way.


Gillian Fauntleroy | Chicago | Age 22

The submarine crew of a 1960s reconnaissance mission notices a mysterious glowing light from the periscope which leads to tension and then hysteria on board.

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

  •   7 shorts | 63 minutes
1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States


Stay after the screening for a Q&A with:
director Christina Eagleson and film subjects Payton Michelle Day James and Kylie Gaeta (look at our bodies);
director Gillian Fauntleroy (Sinking);
producer Darsh Thakker (See Me);
director Chris Derek Van (Your Face in December); and
director Hank Yang (Chicago Polar Bear Club).

This screening includes open-captioned films and a live captioner for Q&A.


Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or rap access and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms. For accommodation requests, please email us at access@chicagofilmfestival.com, call us at 312-683-0121, x108, or complete our Accommodation Request Form.

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