2005 Chicago Really Short Film Festival "Go Shorty" Awards
Without further Adieu…
Written by [ Richard Sharp ]
The Second Annual Chicago Really Short Film Festival
wound down this weekend at the wee hour of two in the morning after
five hours of quality shorts, music and sketch comedy. The highlights
were bountiful, and it's clear that, with a threefold increase in
submissions and a 500% increase in quality, this festival is one to
And now, (drumroll, please) without further adieu, these are
the selections for ChicagoFilm's Go Shorty Awards - recognizing
excellence where we spot it and making up new categories whenever we
feel like it. With so many great new films in the mix this year, it was
a tough nut to crack, but we've come to a decision. For those
filmmakers who've won, we say most sincerely, "Go Shorty, it's your
birthday. We gon' party like it's yo birthday. Gon' sip Bacardi like
it's yo birthday. 'Cause you know we don't give a…"
ChicagoFilm Go Shorty Selections
Go Shorty Award for Best Picture:
The goofball quasi-ad agency crew at the Wexley School for Girls
sent in this flawless short from Director Jonnie Ross about a young man
living in his van who pines for a lovely gal from his high school days.
Pulling his best "Whiz Kid" Donnie Smith bit, the hero (played by Luis
Gernandez Gil) must prove his "power to love" to win over the gal of
his yearbook dreams. Who ever thought bikes and sky-high bangs could be
this much fun?
Hometown Shorty Award:
Jakarta Boom Boom
The improvisational group Dasariski consists of Craig Cackowski, Robert
Dassie, and Rich Talarico. The three co-writer/performers honed their
chops performing at Second City and, after moving along to work in L.A.
and New York (Tallerico is currently a staff writer for Saturday Night Live and formerly wrote for MadTV), teamed up with Chicago-based director Leroy Koetz to create Jakarta Boom Boom, a hilarious take on drugs, travel and…um… "Indonesian Squeezin.'"
The film screened at the 2005 US Comedy Arts festival and won over the
Really Short audience with a great script, solid production values and
one highly unusual menage trois. Sure the film was shot in L.A. (D'oh!)
but the talent was pure Chi-town and the results were impressive..
Dopest Shorty Award:
"I'm Carla Cope, and I don't smoke dope," says the heroine of this
densely-layered frenetic, beat-driven cinematic poem from NY-based
filmmaker Aileen McCormack. We don't really buy the dope claim, but we
will say that this jumping, jittery piece was as innovative and oddly
compelling a short as we've seen in a long time. Many of the scratched
up, painted on, acid-eaten segments either looked like archival footage
dug up from some lost cavern of world history or as if they had been so
artfully reconstructed that they had us utterly fooled. Either way,
massive style points to McCormack and here's hoping we see more from
her in the near future.
Writer/director Joe Hanson got the Hollywood Bitchslap Award from Erik Childress for his bizarre, funny Lord of the Rings meets Requiem for a Dream parody Requiem for a Ring.
Hanson's but a wee pup, getting set to graduate from University of
Chicago this summer. We caught a screening of one of his other fest
submissions Joe Gets Dominated (which may have been axed due to its
length), and thought it could have been in the running against any of
the other shorts in the fest. The kid's got talent and word on the
street says he's on the lookout for a regular editing/filmmaking gig.
Anyone in need of an Emerging Shorty? Anyone? Bueller?
Other Awards from the festival:
Couch Fu, Devin Breen & Michelle Kaffko
Image Union Selections:
Yearbook, Jonnie Ross
Phudi Mart, Schadenfreude
Carla Cope, Aileen McCormack
Written by [ Richard Sharp ]
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May 13, 2005 //
Talk about a hip eve. [ Sonic Celluloid
] brings together the folks from indie rock station WNUR with
Northwestern's Block Cinema to present a one-night-only festival of
"live music and dead film." Films from avante-pioneers like Dziga
Vertov, Stan Brakhage and Chris Marker are set to music by electronic
and rock acts like Cheer-Accident, Olivia Block, Molar, and Phantom
Limb & Bison. The show starts at 8pm at Block Cinema (40 Arts
Circle on the Northwestern University Campus). Tickets are 10 bucks at
the door. There should be more events like this.
May 14, 2005 //
Speaking of shorts, [ Chicago
will be holding a "lesbian-pleasing shorts program" this year as
part of their annual Dyke Delicious series. Besides a weatlth of lesbian-themed
attendees are invited to wear their "cutest, sexiest shorts" in order
to be entered in a Short Shorts contest. I think I saw that in a movie once.
The program takes place at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243
are 7 bucks.
May 27-30, 2005 //
Local non-profit [ Split Pillow
] holds their annual Chicago Challenge this year over Memorial Day
weekend. The format for the fast-forward style concept has teams of
filmmakers writing, shooting and editing footage for one another,
leading to one final collective project. Inspired by the maniacal
"exquisite corpse" method of improv artmaking, past Challenge films
have been compelling stuff, garnering festival awards and becoming the
center of screenings and raucous parties throughout the city. [ Read
the ChicagoFilm feature ] on Split Pillow.
May 14, 18, 2005 //
The [ IFP Chicago ]
continues its 5-part Producers series this month, with a screening and
discussion featuring local talent Kirkland Tibbells,
Steve stars Parker Posey and recently premiered at Tribeca. On the 18th,
Ruth Leitman will present a preview screening of Lipstick and Dynamite,
of the early days of women's wrestling. If the
world were a just place, the IFP would offer a night with Parker Posey
and carrying dynamite. Now that's what I'm talkin' about.