A Good Person | Benjamin Hogue, Director

A Good Person

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



A Good Person

Directed by Benjamin Hogue
Narrative Short
USA | 12 min | 2019


Driving home from work, Anthony makes a minor mistake that has major repercussions. Anthony has to decide if he’ll face the consequences or bury them deep.



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A Good Person, poster | Benjamin Hogue

After working together as a filmmaking team for over a decade making 14 environmental movies, we wanted to make a film that would be a game-changer for the global environmental movement. We wanted the film to be based on science, to be inspiring and to be something that audiences love to watch together in movie theaters. Ultimately, we wanted it to transform the global conversion from despair around our world to hope for our future.

KISS THE GROUND was born from one simple idea: we can reverse global warming and the Earth’s soil is the solution. By regenerating earth, we can completely and rapidly stabilize our planet’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

We shot footage on five continents, worked with NASA and NOAA to gain access to data and graphics, and spend years on animations. We found the voice of the movie through interviewing leading scientists, ecologists, and experts including Nobel Laureates in climate, members of the International Panel on Climate Change, top scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as well as environmental activists such as Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Jason Mraz, Ian Somerhalder, Patricia Arquette, and Rosario Dawson.

After 7 years of hard work, we believe this film is an urgent call to action in addressing the world’s climate crisis. Finally, there is an accessible, relatively simple solution to humanity’s greatest challenge. It is our dream that it will be viewed by audiences in every part of the world for years to come and we would be honored if you and your festival would join us on this mission.

Josh and Rebecca Tickell,
Directors and Producers of KISS THE GROUND

Benjamin Hogue | A Good PersonBenjamin Hogue
Director

Film Information


Director: Benjamin Hogue
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Benjamin Hogue
Producer:
Caz Voorhees

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A Wolf Comes At Night | Riley Donovan, Director

A Wolf Comes At Night

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 

Don’t miss the moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:

 


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



A Wolf Comes At Night

Directed by Nathan Marquez
Narrative Short
USA | 9 min | 2019


A deadly predator terrorizes a secluded cattle farm straining the bond between a grandfather and the two grandchildren thrust upon him to raise.et sticky.


A Wolf Comes At Night, poster | Riley Donovan, Director

After working together as a filmmaking team for over a decade making 14 environmental movies, we wanted to make a film that would be a game-changer for the global environmental movement. We wanted the film to be based on science, to be inspiring and to be something that audiences love to watch together in movie theaters. Ultimately, we wanted it to transform the global conversion from despair around our world to hope for our future.

KISS THE GROUND was born from one simple idea: we can reverse global warming and the Earth’s soil is the solution. By regenerating earth, we can completely and rapidly stabilize our planet’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

We shot footage on five continents, worked with NASA and NOAA to gain access to data and graphics, and spend years on animations. We found the voice of the movie through interviewing leading scientists, ecologists, and experts including Nobel Laureates in climate, members of the International Panel on Climate Change, top scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as well as environmental activists such as Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Jason Mraz, Ian Somerhalder, Patricia Arquette, and Rosario Dawson.

After 7 years of hard work, we believe this film is an urgent call to action in addressing the world’s climate crisis. Finally, there is an accessible, relatively simple solution to humanity’s greatest challenge. It is our dream that it will be viewed by audiences in every part of the world for years to come and we would be honored if you and your festival would join us on this mission.

Josh and Rebecca Tickell,
Directors and Producers of KISS THE GROUND

Nathan Marquez | A Wolf Comes At Night

Nathan Marquez
Director

Nathan L. Marquez is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Nathan grew up in the suburbs of Illinois, studied at Columbia College Chicago, and has earned his bachelor degree in Cinema Art & Television. His work focuses on creating a visual atmosphere on camera or on stage, for the audience to submerge themselves in and experience new concepts. He hopes to be able to widen audience views by incorporating different cultures within his films.

Film Information


Director: Nathan Marquez
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 9 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Director of Photography: Riley Donovan
Production Designer: Piper Mandle
Editor: Lu-Fu Chen
Writer: Tristan Jackson
Producer: Jazmin Bryant

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The Beevangelist

Beevangelist – The

WI/Il Short Slot 2


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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



The Beevangelist

Directed by Joe Brown
Documentary Short
USA | 6 min | 2016


A short contemplative documentary on beekeeper Charlie Koenen and the importance of urban beekeeping.



The moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:



The Beevangelist - Poster

This is my first effort to make a Documentary film. I shot in 2 days this film. Completed post production in 10 days. This is just human story about life, love & survival.

Joe Brown
Director

Joe Brown is a filmmaker and educator. His film work has been featured by festivals such as: The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Birmingham Sidewalk Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Brown’s current production, Operation Wolf Patrol, has been featured by web platforms such as: TakePart.com, The DoDo, and the Earth Island Journal. Brown teaches video production at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Film Information


Director: Joe Brown
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 6 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Producer: Joe Brown
Key Cast: Charlie Koenen

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Dad's Apple

Dad’s Apple

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



Dad’s Apple

Directed by Emir Cakaroz
Narrative Short
USA | 19 min | 2019


The film recreates memories the filmmaker has of his dad. It presents an observation of a father from the point of view of a young child and shows how the immigration of the filmmaker’s family from Bulgaria to Turkey shaped their lives. The filmmaker plays his dad, and his son plays the filmmaker as a child.


Dad's Apple - Poster

Signing on to direct this film was an easy “yes” for me. The team behind this female written, directed, and produced short film set out to create a story on screen that reflects the diverse world we live in, while staying true to our comedic roots. The comedic timing each performer brought to set was just *chef’s kiss.* And we are proud our cast and crew represent a variety of individual backgrounds, including African American, Middle Eastern, LGBTQ, Latinx, and Asian.

Dad's Apple - Emir CakarozEmir Cakaroz
Director

Emir Cakaroz is a Turkish filmmaker who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BA and MA degrees in Cinema and Television, at Anadolu University, in Turkey. He also holds an MFA degree from the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His award-winning films have screened all around the world, including the International Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey and Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival in France. Emir teaches filmmaking classes at the Film Department of UW- Milwaukee and Lake Forest College.

Film Information


Director: Emir Cakaroz
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: Turkish
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writers: Emir Cakaroz
Producer: Emir Cakaroz
Cinematographer: Sarah Buccheri

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Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



Eat Your Heart Out

Directed by Abby Pierce
Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2019


In Wallace’s world, falling in love means giving your heart away. Literally. With her wedding only days away, Wallace must retrieve her heart from Douglas, her first love, and put it back into her chest before walking down the aisle. But when Douglas reveals that he cut her heart to pieces with a butterknife and scattered it around the city, the ex-lovers revisit their old haunts to collect the pieces of Wallace’s broken heart.


Eat Your Heart Out - Poster

Four years ago I was acting on Broadway… Avenue… in Chicago… to 14 people in a small bar turned tiny theater at noon on a Saturday. It was a play about a girl who ripped her heart out of her chest to give to a the boy she loved (because he was born with a paper heart). A strange play that made huge fans of the handful of people that saw it. The play, “With Love and a Major Organ” was written by Canadian playwright Julia Lederer. A year after that, Julia flew to Chicago for our first co-writing session.

Julia and I share an appreciation for magical realism and romantic comedy, and after writing a feature film, we decided to make the short film “Eat Your Heart Out”. EYHO exists in a similar world of Julia’s play, taking the metaphor of ripping a heart out of a chest to the literal.

I live in a coffin factory turned publishing house turned apartment. My upstairs neighbor, Isz, is an artist and we incorporated his studio and artwork into the world’s aesthetic. The quirky locations gave us the backdrop for our broken-hearted treasure hunt. The film is an adult fairy tale, with beautiful steady wide shots that give the feel of the turning of a picture book. “Eat Your Heart Out” is a journey through the absurdity of healing heart ache.

Eat Your Heart Out - Abby PierceAbby Pierce
Director

Abby is a teacher, actor, director and writer. She teaches improv and theater at Cook County Jail, a maximum security facility in Chicago. She is currently directing “Hopelessly Devoted” at Piven Theatre, which will perform in local jails. Her acting can be seen on “Chicago P.D.”, “Proven Innocent”, and “Chicago Fire”. Abby will be acting in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn’s “The Adventures of Augie March”. She is also the creator of the goofball web series “The Exquisite Corpse” presented by OpenTV.

Film Information


Director: Abby Pierce
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Writers: Abby Pierce,  Julia Lederer
Producer: Abby Pierce, Kyle Leland, Christine Vrem-Ydstie
Director of Photography:  Jason Chiu
Executive Producer: Martin Rodahl
Editor: Kyle Leland
Art Direction: Braden Coucher

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Engulf You

Engulf You

WI/IL Short Slot 2


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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



Engulf You

Directed by Steven Cleavland & Kyle Kadow
Narrative Short
USA | 3 min | 2020


Exploring the idea of internal struggle, Engulf You is a film painting the never ending ‘dance’ of emotions that make us. Much like the concept of the cosmic duality of Yin and Yang, our emotions are in a constant tango, vying for victory over one another. This film focuses particularly on the claustrophobia within us when anxieties and self doubt truly engulf us.


Engulf You - Poster

We wrote this film after finding out a local cinematographer (Tony Porter) was renting out a camera package to shoot some spec films. He mentioned wanting to cast twins for the project and we decided to move forward with the theme of duality. Being a no budget project every crew member had to wear multiple hats in order to pull this off before the weekend rentals had to be returned. Although shooting with a skeleton crew on no-budget shoots is less than ideal we found it does allow for a lot of discovery in collaboration. This piece is exactly that, taking an idea and furthering it in production with the different skill sets we had available to us.

Engulf You - Steven Cleavland & Kyle KadowFound Format (Steven Cleavland & Kyle Kadow)
Director

Found Format is a director duo from Milwaukee, WI. Steven Cleavland & Kyle Kadow were friends in high school turned film-making partners in 2017. They’ve been getting their feet wet in short films, music videos, and commercials for the last few years. They center on pushing the limits of the real and abstract while keeping the themes of humanity at the core. Still early in their film careers at age 25, Found Format has so much potential for growth in the stories they will tell.

Film Information


Director: Found Format (Steven Cleavland & Kyle Kadow)
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 3 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Writers: Steven Cleavland, Kyle Kadow
Producer: Steven Cleavland,  Kyle Kadow, Tony Porter
Director of Photography:  Tony Porter
Music: Nick Zoulek
Narrator/Poem: Bethany Price

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Washed Away

Washed Away

WI/IL Short Slot 2


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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



Washed Away

Directed by Cory Hardin
Narrative Short
USA | 4 min | 2020


After seeing a peculiar object on the street, a man makes a phone call where boundaries are tested and existential thoughts can’t be stopped.



The moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:



Washed Away - Poster

Everything you do in the film industry leads to your next project… all roads lead to future collaborations… or so they say. “Rent Do” is exactly that and more. I met writer/producer/actor Jonathan Dubsky on my feature film “The Scarehouse”. He had a small part in that film but we became friends and loved discussing cinema. Jonathan switched from acting to crew on a music video that I directed that starred Sarah Booth (also in The Scarehouse). I’ve heard Jonathan’s ideas for shorts and television shows over the years and liked what he was creating. It was great to see Jonathan spend more time turning from actor to actor/creator (along with Daniel), which I believe is crucial; for actors to put themselves and their abilities out into the world. I was thrilled to be asked to direct “Rent Do”. I don’t get to do a lot in the comedy world, I’m known as the “horror” or the “heartbreak” guy. BUT I love comedy and what better way to flex those creative muscles than with a short! They also asked Sarah to star alongside the two of them. A match made in heaven – a casting trifecta I knew would be fantastic. Then we were able to round out the cast with Montreal’s best and brightest film and tv characters actors – a real treat.
There is a lot I could say about the production of the film but I feel like these are things everyone has to say about the creation of their baby. I think I’d rather spend the remainder of this note speaking to the heart of collaboration and working amongst friends. Talented folks in all departments from my frequent cinematographer, Karl Janisse to my one and only composer Adrian Ellis joined us for “Rent Do”. I strive to create projects with people who carry no ego, want to do the work and always go the extra mile. I want to create projects where, budget be damned, it is going to happen and it is an all hands on deck collaboration. “Rent Do” is just that – the film will speak for itself with your programmers, however, the experience of making it was a fantastic one. Jonathan and Daniel will be credited writers and producers you see in theaters and on television in the near future, this project is only the beginning. My direction is just one small part of the team and world they created for me to play with. We look forward to seeing how “Rent Do” plays for the audience it was made for.

Sincerely,

Gavin Booth

Washed Away - Cory HardinCory Hardin
Director

Cory Hardin is an actor, writer, and director. He is known for Ringolevio (2020) (2020) Bird of Paradise (2019) and #WhoKilledHeather (2017). Originally from a small town in Kentucky, Cory now lives and works out of Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA from Western Kentucky University, is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and is a co-founder/former artistic director of The Passage Theatre (Chicago).

Film Information


Director: Cory Hardin
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Writers: Cory Hardin
Producers: Cory Hardin

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Womanspace | Karen Busser, Director

Womanspace

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 

Don’t miss the moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:

 


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



Womanspace

Directed by Karen Busser
Documentary Short
USA | 8 min | 2020


A unique non-profit in Rockford, Illinois that is devoted to empowering residents with creativity.


Womanspace, poster | Karen Busser, Director

For my final project, my instructor suggested that I talk to Womanspace-Rockford, a local non-profit devoted to empowering residents through creativity. Some of the wonderful activities are captured in this documentary. I hope you enjoy it!

Karen Busser, Director | Womanspace

Karen Busser
Director

Karen Busser had worked as a secretary for over 20 years, and decided to pursue filmmaking in 2019 at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL. She is enjoying the creative challenge, and loves spotlighting highly deserving non-profits in the Rockford, IL area.

Film Information


Director: Karen Busser
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Writers: Karen Busser
Producer: Karen Busser
Key Cast: Elaine Hirschenberger

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You Can Go Now

You Can Go Now

WI/IL Short Slot 2


Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th

 

Don’t miss the moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:

 


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande



You Can Go Now

Directed by Marisa Merkl
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2019


An abrupt personal tragedy uproots Tanda from her day and she rushes to face the inevitable. Her new, jolted world feels peculiar—a strange experience that is impossible for any of us to put into words.


You Can Go Now - Poster

Everything you do in the film industry leads to your next project… all roads lead to future collaborations… or so they say. “Rent Do” is exactly that and more. I met writer/producer/actor Jonathan Dubsky on my feature film “The Scarehouse”. He had a small part in that film but we became friends and loved discussing cinema. Jonathan switched from acting to crew on a music video that I directed that starred Sarah Booth (also in The Scarehouse). I’ve heard Jonathan’s ideas for shorts and television shows over the years and liked what he was creating. It was great to see Jonathan spend more time turning from actor to actor/creator (along with Daniel), which I believe is crucial; for actors to put themselves and their abilities out into the world. I was thrilled to be asked to direct “Rent Do”. I don’t get to do a lot in the comedy world, I’m known as the “horror” or the “heartbreak” guy. BUT I love comedy and what better way to flex those creative muscles than with a short! They also asked Sarah to star alongside the two of them. A match made in heaven – a casting trifecta I knew would be fantastic. Then we were able to round out the cast with Montreal’s best and brightest film and tv characters actors – a real treat.
There is a lot I could say about the production of the film but I feel like these are things everyone has to say about the creation of their baby. I think I’d rather spend the remainder of this note speaking to the heart of collaboration and working amongst friends. Talented folks in all departments from my frequent cinematographer, Karl Janisse to my one and only composer Adrian Ellis joined us for “Rent Do”. I strive to create projects with people who carry no ego, want to do the work and always go the extra mile. I want to create projects where, budget be damned, it is going to happen and it is an all hands on deck collaboration. “Rent Do” is just that – the film will speak for itself with your programmers, however, the experience of making it was a fantastic one. Jonathan and Daniel will be credited writers and producers you see in theaters and on television in the near future, this project is only the beginning. My direction is just one small part of the team and world they created for me to play with. We look forward to seeing how “Rent Do” plays for the audience it was made for.

Sincerely,

Gavin Booth

You Can Go Now - Marisa MerklMarisa Merkl
Director

The film beast captured me in 2017 and I do not plan to be rescued.
Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, I’m currently in pre-production with my third written feature, the first to be produced. It tells the story of an unlikely collision of relationships, foster care, childhood PTSD and a willingness to get real. In addition, a previous feature script is in a rewrite stage—a story inspired by the country’s first cattle ranch to convert to a farmed animal sanctuary, and a town who changes their outlook because of it.

Film Information


Director: Marisa Merkl
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Writers: Marisa Merkl
Producers: Maria Petrella, Marisa Merkl

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