Midwest Shorts Program at the Midwest Independent Film Festival

A TRAGEDY (WORLD PREMIERE).  David and Timothy can't sell each other out fast enough.  Starring Timothy Simons (VEEP, EASY), David Pasquesi (VEEP, GROUNDHOG DAY), and Tracy Letts (LADY BIRD, HOMELAND).  Directed by Timothy Simons.

RUNNER (CHICAGO PREMIERE).  A girl goes for a jog and witnesses something she can't run away from.  RUNNER is the directorial debut of Clare Cooney, who also wrote and stars in the film alongside Will Allan (Chicago Justice) and Travis A. Knight (Henry Gamble's Birthday Party).

LIGHT (FESTIVAL PREMIERE).  A woman's search for emotional peace leads her on an unexpected journey.  Starring Marina Squerciati (CHICAGO PD) and Amy Morton (CHICAGO PD), directed by Patricia Frontain.

OFF BOOK (CHICAGO PREMIERE).  Natalie and Steve meet for a first date at a Chicago cafe, but their date takes an unexpected turn when Steve has an unusual request.  Written by and starring Mindy Fay Parks and directed by Robert Bruce Carter.

 NEW NEIGHBORS. A 2017 Sundance Official Selection, New Neighbors is a story about a mother who moves to a new neighborhood with her two sons and and takes a resourceful approach to keep them safe in a world with so many killings and assaults on Black lives.  Director E.G. Bailey brings a clever and unique approach to the BLM dialogue.

TEN MORE. A concert pianist (David Pasquesi) receives a startling omen as he struggles to recover from a traumatic brain injury.  Directed by Brad Riddell (writer:  AMERICAN PIE: BAND CAMP; ROAD TRIP II).

GLENDALE (music video).  A portrait of Detroit and the passion its people share.  Directed by Sean Wehrli.

BLOW JOB.  An inflatable tube man vies for the attention of his lady love through the art of erotic dancing.  From director Robert Hemlich.

FALLEN FEATHER (documentary).  Pro climber Sam Elias returns to his home state of Michigan to reveal the harsh conditions and virgin routes found in this unlikely ice climbing destination.  Directed by Aaron Peterson.

TOO EVIL (animated).  The bumbling Demon King realizes his creepy daughter may just be too evil for her own good.  Directed by Conlon Taaffe.

BURST INTO NORTHERN MICHIGAN II (experimental).  Immerse yourself in a fast-paced adventure through the northern parts of Michigan.  Directed by Chris Zuker.

THE AMAZING NECKBEARD (stop motion animation).  A comic book nerd discovers what it truly means to be a hero in this stop-motion animated short.  Directed, animated and edited by Aaron Legg.

 HALF SMILE.  A favor for a friend becomes a bonding moment for two men as Charlie confronts the past he long forgot.  Directed by Owen Royce.

Midwest Shorts Program