Mr Clarence

Mr. Clarence

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Vets Roll 2018

YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A


Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s



Mr. Clarence

Directed by Nicholas Stange
Documentary Short
USA | 15 min | 2020


Mr. Clarence focuses on a hospice veteran pinning ceremony for WWII Veteran William Clarence. The documentary highlights the importance of closure for a veteran and their family members.


Mr. Clarence | Nick Stange, Director

Nick Stange | Harlem Vets ProjectNicholas Stange
Directors

Nicholas Stange is a teacher at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, IL, and he is a co-director of the Harlem Veteran Project. Nicholas has worked on a number of films with Harlem students and alumni.

Film Information


Director: Nicholas Stange
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language:  English
Runtime: 15 min
Rated: PG

Credits


Director of Photographer: Nick Talan
Editor: Nicholas Stange
Camera Operator: Renee Voegeli

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Cleaner

Cleaner

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Work Songs

Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Mon Feb 24 2020 – 5:30 pm | Domenico’s



Cleaner

Directed by Mohammadreza Mayghani
Narrative Short
Islamic Republic of Iran | 11 min | 2019


A public toilet cleaner is concerned about her pregnancy test on a normal day of her work.



My dear friend and creative partner-in-crime, Jess Weixler, was pregnant with her first child last year. I’d recently become a father myself, and we were both asking ourselves the big questions: “What does it mean to be a parent?” “How will this new responsibility affect us as artists?” “Are we going to make ALL the same mistakes our parents did?” And most significantly… “Are we fuckin’ ready to become adults?”

So we decided to take all this existential exploration and head back to our indie roots to make a movie about it. We assembled a team of rock-star friends and collaborators and shot the film in 8 days (with an 8-month pregnant co-star) on a shoestring budget. The resulting movie is one that we are very proud of — a scrappy, punk rock comedy that serves as both an immediate and true (if somewhat hyperbolized) snapshot of a potent turning point in our lives.

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Cleaner Poster - Mohammadreza MayghaniMohammadreza Mayghani
Director

MOHAMMADREZA MAYGHANI (Arak, IRAN, 1995). His interest in cinema led him to get acting certificate from University of Tehran science and technology park in 2010.He studied advanced filmmaking at Hilaj Cinema School and continued his education at Soore University in bachelor of dramatic literature. “Cleaner” is his first short film as a director, after his personal experiences at university period.

Film Information


Director: Mohammadreza Mayghani
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Year: 2019
Language: Persian
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Mohammadreza Mayghani
Writer: Mohammadreza Mayghani

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They Won't Last

They Won’t Last

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Cerulean Blue

Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s



They Won’t Last

Directed by Portlynn Tagavi
Narrative Short
USA | 16 min | 2019


After attending their friends’ perfect wedding, Christine is forced to consider the future of her own relationship when her hopeless romantic boyfriend Alex proposes. When Christine is unable to say yes, Alex makes it worse by giving her an ultimatum: either get engaged or break up right now.?



Having grown up caring for her terminally ill mother since the age of 4, Portlynn’s narrative focus is in dark comedies centered around the human denial of mortality and the humor that comes the sad parts of life.

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They Won't Last - Portlynn TagaviPortlynn Tagavi
Director

Portlynn is a half Persian, half African American filmmaker who has just received her Masters in Directing at AFI where she developed her skills as a writer and director for narrative film. Originally from Houston Texas, Portlynn moved out to California in 2010 to study Character Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. During her studies, she interned with Pixar Studios where she developing her skills in visual language and narrative structure. Before attending AFI she spent three years working professionally as a Character and Story Artist for Fox, Paramount, Psyop, the Jim Henson Company (SPLASH AND BUBBLES) and DreamWorks (TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!) before making the jump to live action directing. She is now currently developing future projects as well as teaching Story development part-time at CalArts.

Film Information


Director:Portlynn Tagavi
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: PG 13

Credits


Producer: Richard Bailey
Writer: Portlynn Tagavi, Brandon Gale
Editor: Farzad Kiyafar
Cinematographer: Delaney O’brien

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Sat Feb 23, 2019 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Feb 24, 2019 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s



Rendezvous In Chicago

Directed by Michael Smith
Narrative Feature
U.S.A. | 69 min | 2018


RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is a short comedic feature film comprised of three vignettes corresponding to the beginning, middle and end stages of a relationship: Paul (Kevin Wehby), a charming young man, attempts to pick up Delaney (Clare Cooney), a bookish grad student, in an otherwise empty wine bar. She turns the tables on him in a most unexpected manner. Rob (Matthew Sherbach) and Andy (Rashaad Hall) are enjoying the bliss of newly formed couplehood. Rob has planned to propose marriage as they walk from their apartment to the lakeshore nearby, but has he made the right decision? Julie (Nina Ganet) comes home from work early to find her boyfriend, Wyatt (Shane Simmons), in bed with another woman. After violently ejecting them from her apartment, Julie begins to fall in love with . . . you the viewer!


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Michael Smith, DirectorMichael Smith
Director

“One of the Windy City’s finest filmmakers.”
– Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

Michael Glover Smith’s debut feature, COOL APOCALYPSE (2015), won multiple awards at festivals across the U.S. and screened at Chicago’s prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center and Movies in the Parks’ Onscreen Local Film Showcase before being released on home video by Emphasis Entertainment. His second feature, MERCURY IN RETROGRADE, starring Roxane Mesquida and Najarra Townsend, won the top prizes at the 2018 Tallahassee Film Festival and the 2017 Full Bloom Film Festival and was the subject of a rave review by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper who wrote: “Smith has a deft touch for dialogue, creating six distinct characters who look and sound like people we know…a smart, funny, quietly effective and authentic slice of older millennial life.” Smith was a recipient of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Star Filmmaker award in 2017 and made Newcity Chicago’s “Film 50” list in 2018. He teaches film history and aesthetics at several Chicago-area colleges and is the founder and sole author of the film blog whitecitycinema.com.

Film Information


Directors: Michael Smith
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 69 min.
Rated:

Credits


Producers: Layne Marie Williams
Writer: Michael Smith
Director of Photography: Alex Halstead
Editor: Eric Marsh

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Will to Live: The Gary Edinger Story

Will to Live: Gary Edinger Story

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Kupenda

Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Bagels & More


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Will to Live: The Gary Edinger Story

Directed by Adam Foss
Documentary Short
USA | 17 min | 2019


In 2007, on a fateful February day, in the remote Northern Wisconsin woods, a solo independent logger named Gary Edinger severed his left leg off while felling a tree. Twenty miles from help, alone, and in forty below temperatures, Gary summoned a remarkable willpower and crawled to his pickup, then drove to safety. Gary’s struggle for survival, however, didn’t begin on that frigid winter day in the hardwoods. His whole life had been forged from adversity, rising above a meager upbringing and brushes with death as he learned to hunt, trap and fish alone, on his own terms.

Will to Live: the Gary Edinger Story provides a glimpse of a unique perspective gained by cheating death and chasing the call of life-long adventure as only Gary can. The tough-as-nails logger, champion dog sled racer and hunting guide also has a creative side writing poetry, singing cowboy songs and calling square dances. Now, 15 years after the accident and approaching the age of 70, Gary discovers his quest to live a full life and looks back at the impact of his decisions and how they weigh on the loved ones around him.



The violence in Chicago, specifically the South Side of Chicago has been talked about and discussed in the media a lot in recent years and for good reason – it is statistically one of the most violent places in America today. However, what the media doesn’t dive very far into is how the community is fighting back from within. There are a lot of people like LaVonte who are
products of this community – born and raised in this community that are trying to rewrite the narrative and give each and every kid an opportunity to succeed beyond the South Side. This is
what drew me to this project. My team and I spent a lot of time living/sleeping in the South Side where we were filming because we wanted to experience the community first hand and really
get to know this group of extraordinary people. There were certainly challenges, but at the end of the day we wanted to shine some light on the good that is being done and perhaps open up a dialogue about what else could be accomplished to combat the violence if something as simple as baseball can make such an enormous impact on a child’s life.

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Will to Live: The Gary Edinger Story - Adam FossAdam Foss
Director

Adam Foss grew up in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies where from age 14, he became deeply rooted in mountain bowhunting. His passion for wild places has led him to travel around the globe, pursuing outdoor adventures on six different continents. In addition to being an accomplished bowhunter and ambassador for outdoor brands like Sitka, YETI and Gerber, Foss has developed a career as a professional photographer and filmmaker. For almost a decade he has worked with his wife and producer Frankie Foss making films and content from their Kelowna-based company, Foss Media. The focus of Adam’s work over the years has been to redefine the way we tell stories around hunting, to push the boundaries of the typical hunting narrative into uncharted territory. Trophies are not a gauge of success for Foss. Instead, Adam is focused on the process of the hunt — spending challenging days in the mountains, forming long-lasting friendships, stewarding public lands, and conserving legendary big game species. Serving on multiple conservation boards — including a past position with WSF membership committees — he is currently a founding director of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. Foss aims to protect and promote the hunting heritage, wild animals and wild places and to continue to tell the hunting stories that resonate at the human level for both hunters and non-hunters alike.

Film Information


Director: Adam Foss
Country: Canada
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Frankie Pirolo Foss
Executive Producer: Kate Maciejowski, Will Pennartz, Doug Thielen
Director Of Photography: Benjamin Johnson
Creative Direction and Story: Al James
Original Music: Jay Clarke
Key Cast: Gary Edinger
Production Company: Foss Media

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