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Free Verse: Experimental [CineYouth]

Cinematic poetry comes to life in this stunning and thought-provoking array of films that break boundaries and inspire creativity.

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


She Flies Heavy

Grace Conrad, Julia Barlow | New York | Ages 19-20

When a pair of lovers retreats to the woods to reignite their fading feelings for one another, they find themselves drawn to the healing power of nature.

Lavender Menace

Venus Evie Jefferies | Chicago | Age 17

In the late 1960s a queer woman questions her own sanity in the face of the pervasive belief that to be gay is to be mentally ill.

Esperando al viento

Emiliano Reyes | Spain | Age 21

Amidst the monotonous daily grind of factory work, a young man finds liberation in the movement of his body.

Chorus of the Sun

Xavier Axl Boreta Roncesvalles | Philippines | Age 22

Hoping to rekindle a spark that once shone brightly, a poet reflects on his life and relationship with writing at the onset of the pandemic.


Jaerlene C Quinto | Washington | Age 15

An immersive and hypnotic depiction of a downward spiral.

Earth Hum

Soah | New York | Age 19

Dedicated to Rachel Martin’s drawing “Family Tree,” this experimental documentary invites the audience to hear directly from Martin about her art and her purpose.

Red Flavor No.1™

Malik Clyde Terrab | New Hampshire | Age 19

A “human” finds themself in a room with nothing but a plate of red jello.

time’s ticking

Alicia Yu | New York | Age 18

A filmmaker’s intimate exploration of the concept of time, reflections on the current moment, and their own identity.

The River

Janay Kelley | Tennessee | Age 19

This impassioned, poetic expression of a community’s response to the loss of a young girl addresses sexual violence, grief, and trauma.

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Event Information

Sunday, April 23, 2023

  •   9 shorts | 50 minutes
1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States


Stay after the screening for a Q&A with:
directors Grace Conrad and Julia Barlow (She Flies Heavy),
director Soah (Earth Hum), and
director Venus Jefferies (Lavender Menace).


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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