4622 Stillwater Circle

4622 Stillwater Circle

WI/IL Short Slot 1


YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A


Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



4622 Stillwater Circle

Directed by Kati Rehbeck
Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2019


Sadie spends a summer afternoon around her hometown in Wisconsin, while an old flame tries to find a new spot in her life.



Based on an actual letter to an old flame, I made this film to celebrate the everyday transformations and shifts in love. Love for my hometown, for long summer days, for ex’s, for new beginnings.

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4622 Stillwater Circle - Kati RehbeckKati Rehbeck
Director

Kati Rehbeck is a Wisconsin-born, Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She challenges relationships to the ordinary and investigates human foundations of empathy across her film and performance work. Rehbeck has worked as an assistant to PBS documentary film producer and editor Shirley Thompson and as assistant producer to award-winning independent filmmaker Bohdana Smyrnova. She was a finalist for the Tribeca If/Then grant for the American Midwest in 2019 for a forthcoming personal documentary, “Lake Arrowhead”. She is a project manager for the Creative Services team at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Film Information


Director: Kati Rehbeck
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Kati Rehbeck
Writer: Kati Rehbeck
Cinematographer: Robert Orlowski
Key Cast: Alcy Sivyer, Ian Johnson

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Amateur Night

Amateur Night

WI / IL Short Slot 1


YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A


Fri Feb 21, 2020 – Amateur Night 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – Amateur Night 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Amateur Night

Directed by Gina Hackett
Narrative Short
USA | 12 min | 2019


Sisters Ruby and Emma scramble to find fast cash so Emma can perform in her ballet recital. Left with no other options, Ruby decides to dance too…just not ballet.



Inspired by exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s, “Honey and Jerome Forever!” aims to put a uniquely queer twist on the grindhouse genre. With this film, I wanted to explore LGBT characters that are flawed, evil, greedy – all things that, in mainstream media, gay characters are not allowed to be. Suspend your disbelief and spend a night at Sticky Lips with a drag queen-turned-hitman, her drug dealing boyfriend, and an assignment that will change her life

Amateur Night | Gina Hackett, Director

Amateur Night - Gina HackettGina Hackett
Director

Gina Hackett is a writer, director, and journalist based in New York City. A Harvard alumna hailing from the Midwest, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Film at Columbia University and tells stories about women who make trouble.

In 2019, Gina received SFFILM’s prestigious Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship for her feature-length screenplay A BRIDGE BETWEEN US, which is currently amongst the six finalists for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 2020 Grand Jury Award. Last year, she also received the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Production Grant for her thesis film, DELICATE PREY, which she shot on 16mm film and is currently in post-production. Her most recent film, AMATEUR NIGHT, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.

In 2018, Gina received Columbia’s Alex Sichel Fellowship for a second-year female director demonstrating promise. Her producing credits include GIRL FRIEND (2017), which took home the prize for “Best Student Short” at Provincetown International Film Festival and “Best New York Short” at New Fest. As a former Co-Chair of Columbia Women in Film (CWIF), Gina champions intersectional storytelling that explores the myriad ways in which women inspire each other. Gina has taught undergraduate Screenwriting labs at Columbia and coordinates the Print Traffic department at Telluride Film Festival.

Film Information


Director: Gina Hackett
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Waleed Alqahtani, Carly Hillman
Co-writers: Gina Hackett, Waleed Alqahtani
Cinematography: Waleed Alqahtani
Editor: Gina Hackett

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

WI / IL Short Slot 1


YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A


Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Bird of Paradise

Directed by Alexander Zorn
Narrative Short
USA | 13 min | 2019


A queer geriatric nurse learns one of life’s hardest lessons when he falls in love with one of his elderly patients.



The goal when making BIRD OF PARADISE was to show an unconventional, and often unseen, love between two men in a realistic and vulnerable way. Despite age and background, love can develop between anyone. Yet, rarely is everyone okay with unconventional love. This rings doubly true for Reuben and Cypress who are both queer and several decades apart in age. The film is not just a fictional representation of these societal strains placed on relationships that defy the norm, but also a direct critique of how society forces relationships for the sake of comfort. As a queer person, this is something that I’ve experienced first hand.

What makes this film distinct is not simply the depiction of a queer relationship, but the willingness to show an unconventional couple in a realistic way. Often times in queer films sexuality wins out over sensuality and intimacy. However, not every relationship is physical and driven by sex. Some are defined by acts of love that transcend sexual desire. It is important to me to present a queer film driven by this subtle side of love that is often forgotten. The result is a film that is unapologetic in its queerness and its depiction of the subtler side of many relationships.

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Bird of Paradise - Alexander ZornAlexander Zorn
Director

Alexander Zorn is an award-winning filmmaker based in Chicago with over 6 years of filmmaking experience. His work has screened at festivals throughout the country. In the summer of 2018, Alexander worked as a student mentor for the CHA Documentary Filmmaking Program in Chicago. The resulting documentary Phenomenally Me was accepted into the Cannes Court Metrage Short Film Corner.

Film Information


Director: Alexander Zorn
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Zoe White, Jacob Zorn, Alireza Khatami, Torence Johnson
Writer: Alexander Zorn, Jacob Zorn
Director of Photography: Vincent Prochoroff
Editor: Alina Slovachevska, Alexander Zorn
Composer: Eric Lindsay

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Cool for Five Seconds

Cool for Five Seconds

WI / IL Short 1


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Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Cool for Five Seconds

Directed by Dani Wieder
Narrative Short
USA | 12 min | 2019


Colleen invites Eleanor to meet her in a diner late at night. They haven’t spoken in years – and Colleen has something to say



What does it mean to be siblings as adults? To be family when we no longer live under the same roof? When Colleen and Eleanor reunite, they have strong expectations for one another’s personalities and values. Over the course of their conversation, the fantasy of who their sister should be slowly crumbles, revealing the human on the other side of the table. How do we make space for others to grow? For ourselves to change in the eyes of others? This film is a lovingly imagined proposal of what might be possible if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with the people who know us best.

Cool for Five Seconds | Mary Tilden

Dani Wieder, Director | Cool For Five SecondsDani Wieder
Director

Dani is a director of visually and physically adventurous film and theater based in Chicago. She has directed plays across Chicago, and serves as the Literary Manager of Haven Theatre Company. Originally from California, Dani attended the University of Chicago, where she studied Theater and Performance, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. “Cool for Five Seconds” is her first short film. www.daniwieder.com

Film Information


Director: Dani Wieder
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Dani Wieder, Mary Tilden, Katherine Bourne Taylor
Writer: Calamity West
Director of Photography: Jason Chiu
Editor: Lindsay Rynne

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Fraser Syndrome & Me

Fraser Syndrome & Me

WI / IL Short Slot 1


Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Fraser Syndrome & Me

Directed by Kyle Anne Grendys
Documentary Short
USA | 20 min | 2018


Filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys, is only the 75th person to be born with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome. Having always felt alone in the world, she sets out on a journey to find her community and finally meets others just like her.



From the moment I could hold a camera, I knew I would grow up to make this film. Making “Fraser Syndrome & Me” gave me the opportunity to give to others what I needed growing up. I needed to know that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. My family needed to know that there were others out there going through the same journey. That yes, it is going to be a long and sometimes difficult road, but there is hope. After all of my traveling, I can honestly say that the individuals I met who have Fraser Syndrome are some of the best people. Everyone would enjoy hearing their stories and have the pleasure of knowing them. It is clear that these individuals have experienced a lot of hardships but they choose to be loving and kind. Parents that have endured these hardships continue to fight and believe in their child when the world does not. I started this journey feeling utterly alone. But now, I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of this beautiful family.

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Fraser Syndrome & Me - Kyle Anne GrendysKyle Anne Grendys
Director

My name is Kyle Anne Grendys. I am many things, a little sister, a world traveler, dog mom, musical fanatic, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s film program, oh … and I have a disability. I was born with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called Fraser Syndrome. The day I was born doctors told my parents I wouldn’t survive the night. 26 years later I am still proving them wrong. I like to say that I see the world through a view you can’t get from two eyes. I have seen the very worst the world has to offer but without seeing the bad you would never recognize the good. I dedicate my life to making films about everything good.

Film Information


Director: Kyle Anne Grendys.
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Writer: Kyle Anne Grendys
Composer: Patty Walters
Editor: Kyle Anne Grendys
Artist: Rachel Walters

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Rocky VI

Rocky VI

WI / IL Short Slot 1


YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A


Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Rocky VI

Directed by Harper Robison
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2019


Meredith is down in the dumps after getting kicked out of her band, until the ghost of Rocky Rococo shows up to help her out!



From the moment I could hold a camera, I knew I would grow up to make this film. Making “Fraser Syndrome & Me” gave me the opportunity to give to others what I needed growing up. I needed to know that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. My family needed to know that there were others out there going through the same journey. That yes, it is going to be a long and sometimes difficult road, but there is hope. After all of my traveling, I can honestly say that the individuals I met who have Fraser Syndrome are some of the best people. Everyone would enjoy hearing their stories and have the pleasure of knowing them. It is clear that these individuals have experienced a lot of hardships but they choose to be loving and kind. Parents that have endured these hardships continue to fight and believe in their child when the world does not. I started this journey feeling utterly alone. But now, I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of this beautiful family.

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Rocky VI - Harper RobinsonHarper Robison
Director

Film Information


Director: Harper Robison
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Harper Robison
Key Cast: Meredith Johnston, Rene Cruz, Chuck Norment

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