First Tuesdays: Midwest Shorts Night

Mar. 05, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm
@Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois

The Midwest Independent Film Festival presents the Spring edition of Midwest Shorts Night featuring short films by Midwestern filmmakers and films about Midwestern stories.

The evening will include WHAM, directed by Robert Bruce Carter, a physical comedy in which two people fall in love on a sidewalk and a ripple effect ensues; I'M NOT HAPPY BUT I'M TRYING, directed by Jonathan Janas, in which the most cheerful man in town fights his own personal demons and hardships with balloons; JUNE, directed by Shelby Alayne Antel and Andy Hones, the story of a dispute that causes a woman to find an unlikely confidant in her next-door neighbor about her personal struggles; OUTSIDE, directed by Samantha Ellis, which takes a look at the life of an uncertain and fearful young woman who must choose between the stifling security of her room or the frightening world outside; THE MUSICIAN, directed by Mark Schimmel, and featuring violinist Anne Harris, the film depicts the story of a famous violinist who spends her days dressing up as a street musician and her belief that sharing music can transform lives; SMALL CHANGE, directed by Patrick Burke, a nod to film noir in which a man shares his thoughts on urban culture while people-watching in a city diner, while, perhaps his thinking is not quite in line with the zeitgeist; #RESIST, directed by Rocco Cataldo (written, performed and produced: MIFF Advisory Council President Mary Kay Cook; DP: MIFF Co-Founder and Board President Mike Kwielford) which takes a look at the life of a woman overwhelmed with political resistance fatigue; GIVE IT UP, direced by Matt Knudsen, the story of a comedian facing the stark reality of his employment options when he considers retiring from show business; THE ORCHESTRA, directed by Curtis J. Matzke, the chilling story of a young woman haunted by an undead orchestra when she finds herself alone in an empty theatre; LADIES FIRST, directed by Maggie Scrantom, a glimpse of the space between the lines, and what happens when we both hold on and fall at the same time; SOLE SURVIVOR, directed by Nicholas Moczalla, which depicts the epic journey to keep white sneakers clean and pristine; as well as THE WAYWARD WIND directed by Steve Delahoyde and Monica Thomas, with music by Carl Sondrol, using movement and humor to turn the idea of the "rambling man" on its head; and hip hop music video LOOSE LIPS, directed by Sean Kirkland, which tells the story of a warlock rapper and his siren girlfriend as they invade the mind of a young boy and force him to rap. 

The evening will open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception on the top floor of the Landmark Century Cinema space (2828 N. Clark St.), followed by our signature Producers Panel at 6:30. A Q&A session with the filmmakers will immediately follow the 7:30 p.m. film screening, followed by an afterparty. 

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