CHICAGO, IL – (October 23, 2017) Oakton Community College announces its fourth annual Pop-Up Film Festival, programmed and hosted by Chicago filmmaker, film critic (and professor?) Michael Smith.
The festival will present three acclaimed American features and three short films for free at the Footlik Theatre, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines on November 28th-December 1st, 2017.
All screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.
The film festival is sponsored by the Oakton Community College’s
SIGNATURE MOVE (80 min, 2017) – Tuesday, November 28 at 2 pm
Followed by a Q&A w/ director Jennifer Reeder hosted by Kristin McCartney
In this hilarious and heartfelt look at modern love, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a 30-something Pakistani Muslim lesbian lawyer in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma, a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her interest in lucha-style wrestling a secret from her conservative mother, who knows more than she lets on. World premiered at the SxSW Film Festival.
PORTO (86 min, 2016) – Wednesday, November 29 at 12:30 pm
Followed by a Q&A w/ director Gabe Klinger hosted by Laurence Knapp
Jake (Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two outsiders in Porto, Portugal, who once experienced a connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time. This award-winning drama was executive produced by Jim Jarmusch (Paterson).
MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (105 min, 2017) – Thursday, November 30 at 2:00 pm
Followed by a Q&A w/ director Michael Smith and cast members Alana Arenas, Jack C. Newell, Shane Simmons, Najarra Townsend and Kevin Wehby hosted by film critic Pam Powell
Three couples from Chicago vacation together for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Isabelle (Roxane Mesquida) and Richard have been together for five years and are deeply unhappy; Jack and Golda have been happily married for 10 years, and Peggy (Najarra Townsend) and Wyatt just started dating and don’t yet know each other well. Hidden tensions and secrets slowly come to the surface in this comedy/drama that won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Full Bloom Film Festival.
SHORT FILMS PROGRAM: WOMEN IN DANGER (31 min, 2017) – Friday, December 1 at 12:30 pm
Followed by a Q&A w/ directors Clare Cooney, Layne Marie Williams and Lonnie Edwards hosted by Michael Smith
These entertaining and provocative short films, all written and directed (or co-directed) by women, show in different ways how their young female protagonists find themselves in harm’s way while attempting to navigate public spaces. The films screening are RUNNER (Clare Cooney) and AN ATRAMENTOUS MIND (Layne Marie Williams and Lonnie Edwards) + another short to be announced!
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