Category: ciff

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CIFF: Film Shorts, by Aaron Pinkston

The Queen of My Dreams, Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan, US, 3 min. The shortest short film at the Chicago International Film Festival, The Queen of My Dreams shows a young woman’s struggle with her sexual identity through the lens...

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CIFF: As Goes Janesville, by Aaron Pinkston

The small town of Janesville, Wisconsin has been in the news lately. Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was born in Janesville and serves as a U.S. House Representative from this district. This alone obviously puts Janesville under the spotlight, but political...

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CIFF: Empire Builder, by Aaron Pinkston

Empire Builder probably shouldn’t be lumped in with the “mumblecore” movement, even with the film’s connections. Filmmaker Kris Swanberg (wife of Joe Swanberg, pioneer of the movement, who also appears in the film) brings a few of the trademark elements...

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CIFF: F*ckload of Scotch Tape, by Aaron Pinkston

Chicago-based filmmaker Julian Grant certainly gets points for trying. His film, F*ckload of Scotch Tape is as weird a film as I’ve ever seen. The film is a ridiculous mishmash of film genres and stylings — though mostly a hard-boiled...

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CIFF: Mr. Sophistication, by Aaron Pinkston

Of all the films I’ve seen from the Chicago International Film Festival thus far, Mr. Sophistication has been, by far, the biggest let down. I wasn’t expecting anything great out of the film, but I found the premise intriguing, much...