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City & State

Competing for the Festival’s Chicago Award—a showcase of the year’s best stories and brightest talents from our own backyard.


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Acts of Love

Isidore Bethel, Francis Leplay  |   United States, France
After his heart is broken in Mexico, American filmmaker Bethel relocates to Chicago and sets up a new video project: He arranges meetings with strangers and then casts them as [...]
  
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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
  
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Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Jacob Gentry  |   United States
On November 22, 1987, a masked figure interrupted broadcasts on two Chicago TV stations in a mysterious hack that was never solved. In 1999, while archiving videotapes in the basement [...]
  
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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave [...]
  
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Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Rebecca Halpern  |   United States
In the 2000s, chef Charlie Trotter was the toast of Chicago, his eponymous restaurant one of the world’s top fine-dining destinations. A gastronomic revolutionary and a culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved [...]
  
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Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Joe Winston  |   United States
In this epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, director Joe Winston chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American [...]
  
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Shorts 1: Expanding Sensibilities (City and State)

Amrita Singh, Akanksha Cruczynski, Curtis Matzke, Ashley Thompson, Simo Ezoubeiri, JP Olsen, Kristen Nutile, and Brian Zahm, Meg Walsh, Danny Carroll  |   United States

This eclectic showcase highlights the vibrancy of the Chicago and Illinois filmmaking communities across an array of forms and genres.