A Missed Connection

A Missed Connection

WI / IL Short Slot 2


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A Missed Connection

Directed by Matthew Weinstein
Narrative Short
USA | 22 min | 2018


Two former college friends randomly reconnect at a coffee shop during a long winter night. As the night progresses, past events and emotions slowly begin to surface.



“A Missed Connection” began as a means to an end, that end being to direct something. The script was written in a matter of two weeks and was good to go. This was late 2012.

Years passed… Other projects either happened or went nowhere and “A Missed Connection” kept being put on the back-burner. But it never went away. It lingered with me. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was – now that it’s finished, I probably still can’t.

What was a means to an end ended up becoming a different challenge and risk. To end up making this film with everyone who collaborated is everything I could have dreamed of and then some.

I realize that the years it took to get it made were valuable – not just for the dedicated collaborators that came aboard, but in getting the script right. And the movie evolved even in the final frame during production.

I’m not sure I can say “A Missed Connection” will end up being my most personal film. But it is my most personal film so far.

Now it belongs to the audience.

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A Missed Connection - Matthew WeinsteinMatthew Weinstein
Director

Matthew Weinstein is a Chicago area based filmmaker. Since graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2011, he has been the writer, director, and editor for “Conservation Area,” “The Gun Equation,” and “A Missed Connection.”

“The Gun Equation” was featured in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and the 2016 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival.

Film Information


Director:  Matthew Weinstein
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 22 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Megan St. John, Matthew Weinstein
Writer: Matthew Weinstein
Director of Photography: Tom Kinstle
Editor: Andrew K. Smith
Executive Producer: Paskal Pawlicki
Music: Mark Bartels

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Fuzzy Legs

Fuzzy Legs

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Fuzzy Legs

Directed by Amber Eswani
Narrative Short
USA | 12 min | 2018


Amina, a Pakistani-American girl, starts her first day of middle school in the suburbs of Chicago. She quickly finds out, it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be and having hairy legs doesn’t help.



Eswani’s mission is to promote and inspire more women and people of color to tell their stories, especially to those in her own South Asian and Muslim community- to promote diversity, peace, love and more understanding in the world

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Fuzzy Legs- Amber EswaniAmber Eswani
Director

Amber Eswani is a Pakistani- American filmmaker and artist based in the suburbs of Chicago. She is a radio, television and digital media graduate with a minor in journalism from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. She has worked as a Producer for an Emmy-Award Winning Television show for PBS, a photographer for Streamy award winning webseries, an event organizer for an International Film Festival, a location’s assistant for Showtime and has just written, directed and co-produced a film called “Fuzzy Legs” which was selected to be produced and funded with Free Spirit Media in the Inpathways Cohort Program.

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Director: Amber Eswani
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Chakka Reeves, Amber Eswani, Kayla Jones, Vunzai Yeazel
Writer: Amber Eswani
Cinematographer: Eric Liberacki II
Editor: Miles Santiago
Executive Producer: Jeff McCarter
Associate Producer: Joy Duson

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Golden Voices

Golden Voices

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Golden Voices

Directed by Layne Marie Williams
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2019


Determined to uncover the source of  “Golden Voices” appearing on unknown frequencies across Indiana, Paranormal Investigator Radha Laburnum takes her radio show on the road. As if guided by destiny, she comes into contact with sleepwalking children whispering of gold… She wonders: Are they cautioning us? What is the gold?



The Mystery Sci Fi universe of Golden Voices was created by Grace Pisula, Zack Sievers, Layne Marie Williams, Melissa Schlesinger, and Kalika Rose (Team Gold) for the 2018 Indiana Film Race.  The reality-based film race competition challenges select filmmakers to produce an award-worthy 15-minute short film while living in an RV for 5 days and traveling across 5 counties in Indiana. 

 The making of Golden Voices involved the team going on scouting trips through various counties in Indiana, telling ghost stories, and camping in Indiana state parks. The story was inspired by the team’s experience of Indiana’s natural beauty, and living in the wilderness. The writing, the acting, and the set design involved research into several occult and paranormal fields, gaining new perspectives on astral projection and lucid dreaming. 

Team Gold was determined to make a beautiful film that reflected the beauty of nature, but also a film that pays attention and reverence to the current state of nature as it is undergoing climate change.  

Golden Voices won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematographer at the 2018 Indiana Film Race. Golden Voices later premiered at Heartland’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival and has been screening in cities across the Midwest.

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Layne Marie Williams
Director

Layne Marie Williams is an award-winning director and filmmaker currently based in Chicago, IL. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the womanist film collective, Women of The Now, and Co-Founder of the five year standing The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Williams has written and directed numerous movies throughout her career and recently won Best Director for the paranormal short “Golden Voices” as part of the Indiana Film Race as well as taking home the gold for Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, and Best Picture.

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Director: Layne Marie Williams
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Grace Pisula
Writer: Zack Sievers
Director of Photography: Grace Pisula
Editor: Grace Pisula
Composer: Elliot Callighan

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Home

Home

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Home

Directed by Eve Rydberg
Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2019


A woman’s journey to help her estranged father who has recently become homeless in Chicago finds them both at a turning point in their lives.

“HOME is everything I love about Chicago storytelling. These are complicated people with a complicated relationship existing in the uncompromising and unyielding and craggy beauty emitted from the Windy City. The performances and style of shooting give us an intimate look into these lives without gloss or flinch. Just like Chicago.” – David Dastmalchian (These Creatures Here Below, Ant Man, Blade Runner 2049,)



This film explores an oft ignored section of society, older folks who are still searching for their way. The characters in HOME start without one, and by the end while they may not have found a physical home, they have found shelter in renewing their father daughter relationship.

I believe it’s important to explore underrepresented voices in front of and behind the camera. Our film crew was over 50% women and non-binary folks including our director, writer, cinematographer and producer. This a truly Chicago production starring and written by two theatre veterans Francis Guinan (Steppenwolf founding member) and Carolyn Hoerdemann (Collaboraction). Shot on location with very little funds and a lot of heart. It is my hope that by telling this story we can bring a greater awareness and empathy to the homelessness crisis going on in our country.

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Home - Eve RydbergEve Rydberg
Director

Eve is a director whose diverse background as an actor, art director and producer have aided her in creating stories that stand out. She holds BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at De Paul.

‘Make Out Party’, a short film which she produced and starred in, has screened at Athens Film & Video Festival, Twist Seattle (where is won Most Innovative Short), Chicago Underground Film Festival (Honorable Mention), Las Vegas Queer Arts Festival (winner Best Production design), and Olympia Film Festival, among others.

Having previously directed music videos and experimental shorts, this will be Eve’s first venture into narrative world. She believes that by telling stories through the lens of the feminine we can bring a greater sense of balance to the world.

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Director:  Eve Rydberg
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Claire Wiles
Writer: Carolyn Hoerdemann, Francis Guinan
Director of Photography: Ashley Thompson
Editor: Lexi Midkiff

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Orin & Kepa

Orin & Kepa

WI / IL Short Slot 2


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Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Bagels & More
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Orin & Kepa

Directed by Caleb Peavy
Documentary Short
USA | 12 min | 2019


A look back at the life of an accomplished animal trainer from southeastern Wisconsin and his pet wolf.



“We Were Hardly More Than Children” is a tale of trauma and friendship. Lena’s story is of the Cape Cod artist, Diane Messinger, whose paintings are throughout the piece. Diane’s paintings are the anger she doesn’t feel and the hurts she doesn’t remember.

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Orin & Kepa - Caleb PeavyCaleb Peavy
Director

Recently graduated from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts with a degree in Film, Video, Animation & New Genres, Caleb Peavy currently works as a freelance grip and production assistant. He hopes to continue to share stories through documentary filmmaking

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Director: Caleb Peavy
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Camera Operator: Gabriella Cisneros
Composer: Austin Neumann

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We Were Hardly More Than Children

We Were Hardly More Than Children

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Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Bagels & More
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We Were Hardly More Than Children

Directed by Cecelia Condit
Narrative Short
USA | 9 min | 2019


“We Were Hardly More Than Children” is an epic tale of a friend’s traumatic abortion; a deep hurt not remembered, but poignantly visible in her paintings.



“We Were Hardly More Than Children” is a tale of trauma and friendship. Lena’s story is of the Cape Cod artist, Diane Messinger, whose paintings are throughout the piece. Diane’s paintings are the anger she doesn’t feel and the hurts she doesn’t remember.

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We Were Hardly More Than Children - Cecilia ConditCecelia Condit
Director

Since 1981, Condit has created videos and heroines whose lives swing between beauty and the grotesque, innocence and cruelty, strength and fragility. Her work puts a subversive spin on the traditional mythology of women in film and the psychology of sexuality and violence. Exploring the dark side of female subjectivity, her “feminist fairy tales” focus on friendships, age, and most recently the natural world.

Condit has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, Mary L. Nohl Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Council and the National Media Award from the Retirement Research Foundation. Her work shows internationally and is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the Centre Georges Pompidou in France.

She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In addition, Condit received a B.F.A. in sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art and M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in photography. At present, she is professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly, she was a professor and director of the graduate program in film.

Film Information


Director: Cecelia Condit
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 9 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Producer: Cecelia Condit
Music: Renato Umali
Writer: Cecelia Condit
Key Cast: Flora Coker, Cecelia Condit

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