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City & State

Featuring local musical legends, multi-cultural activism, coming-of-age stories, and eerie tales of murder and mayhem, this stellar collection of films—competing for the Festival’s Chicago Award—showcase the year’s best stories and brightest talents from our own backyard.


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The First Rainbow Coalition

Ray Santisteban  |   United States
Documentary, Historical, Political

Girl on the Third Floor

Travis Stevens  |   United States
Horror, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
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Hala

Minhal Baig  |   United States
Coming of Age, Religion, Romance
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Knives and Skin

Jennifer Reeder  |   United States
LGBTQ, Mystery, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
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The New Bauhaus

Alysa Nahmias  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Historical
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Once Upon a River

Haroula Rose  |   United States
Coming of Age, Drama
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Present.Perfect. Wan mei xian zai shi

Shengze Zhu  |  United States, Hong Kong
Documentary, Social Commentary
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Ringside

André Hörmann  |  Germany, United States
Coming of Age, Documentary, Sports

Short Film: “4 Corners”

Andre Muir  |   United States

Short Film: “Bovine”

Alexander Popov  |   United States

Short Film: “Contaminated Memories”

Debra Tolchinsky  |   United States

Short Film: “Saya”

Fawzia Mirza, Anam Abbas  |  Pakistan, United States

Short Film: “Stay Close”

Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan  |   United States
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Short Film: “Tour Manager”

Edmund Flynn  |   United States

Shorts 1: Here. Now.

Various  |   Pakistan, United States
Documentary, Drama, Sports
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The Torch

Jim Farrell  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Music