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Handle With Care

Directed by Michael Glover Smith
Narrative Short
United States | 8 min | 2024

A devilishly charming retiree and his thirtysomething friend find comfort, happiness and mutual enlightenment in spending time together navigating the human condition.

“Michael Glover Smith Sets World Premiere for New Short HANDLE WITH CARE”

SCREEN Magazine

This short romantic dramedy, my most autobiographical film to date, is based on an unusual blind date I went on in 2005, a night that has haunted me ever since. My goal in making the film was to recreate the events of that evening as closely as I could remember them while also working closely with two of the finest actors in Chicago (Alyssa Thordarson and Mickey O’Sullivan) to ensure that we showed as much compassion as possible to both characters.

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Handle with Care - Michael Glover SmithMichael Glover Smith

Michael Glover Smith wrote and directed the feature films COOL APOCALYPSE (2015), MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (2017), RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO (2018), and RELATIVE (2022), all of which won awards at festivals across the U.S. and were the subject of rave reviews. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper wrote that “Smith has a deft touch for creating characters who look and sound like people we know” and Matt Fagerholm at Indie Outlook has called him “one of the Windy City’s finest filmmakers.” His films have screened at the American Cinematheque and Rooftop Cinema Club in Los Angeles, Spectacle Theater and Regal UA Midway in NYC and the Gene Siskel Film Center and Music Box Theater in Chicago. He was a recipient of the Siskel Center’s Star Filmmaker award in 2017 and made Newcity Chicago’s “Film 50” list in 2018 and 2020 for being one of fifty individuals who “shape Chicago’s film scene.” He teaches Directing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and DePaul University and is the author of FLICKERING EMPIRE (Columbia University Press, 2015), an acclaimed nonfiction book about film production in Chicago during the silent era.

Film Information

Director: Michael Glover Smith
Country: United States
Year:  2024
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min
Rated: PG-13


Writer: Michael Glove Smith
Producer: Alyssa Thordarson, John Otterbacher
Cinematography: Pouya Shahbazi
Editor: Eric Marsh

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