Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 1
Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 1 brings together the best of the so-called niche cinemas – queer, Asian American, black, experimental, etc. – culled from local film festivals, micro-cinemas, and film schools. This eclectic collection boasts award-winning films including a finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Award and the recipient of a Human Rights Award from Nielsen Reviews. Collectively, the films featured in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 1 have screened nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, and over 100 competitive film festivals.
Queen of My Dreams
Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan
As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. In Queen of My Dreams, Mirza re-imagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana in a new queer light. Written and directed by Fawzia Mirza and Ryan Logan, it was an official selection of over 50 major festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Outfest.
As a radio advertisement pours poison in his ears, Jasper Jenkins wants one thing-- to be an All-American civilized member of society. The only problem is, he’s Black. This narrative silent short screened at the Chicago International Film Festival and was a Student Academy Award Finalist.
Existential heroine Lulu attempts to solve a cryptic fate that she is only able to discover through the oblique vignettes of a film noir cityscape. Permute was an Official Selection for Miami shorts, and has screened internationally at venues such as the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, DisOrient Asian Film Festival, and Anifest in Prague. Permute also won Fu Best VFX at the Vancouver Short Film Festival.
The Carousel, 1952-1987
This experimental short from Amanda Taves blends a dream-like description of a landscape marked by genocide with found slide footage from the era of the Kodak Carousel slide projector, to explore the effects of memory and individual translation on the stories we tell.
Eugene Sun Park
An Asian American woman crosses over into a surreal world after a series of strange encounters on the subway. Caught in an endless loop of subway cars and mysterious hallways, she becomes lost in the fantastical landscape of "Real America" -- dreamlike environments populated by various American archetypes. An official selection of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Speechless Film Festival, and the Ithaca Pan Asian Film Festival.
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