Shorts Program #2

Screening: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 12pm

Running Time: 87 minutes

Screening includes Q&A with shorts directors.

(Note: This program is unrated and is for mature audiences only.)

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Play Date



Play Date is the story of a little girl pursuing a little boy through imaginary worlds in a game of make-believe. Winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Award from the Chicago Film Critics Association.


Catnip is all the rage with today’s modern feline, but do we really understand it? This film frankly discusses the facts about this controversial substance. Directed by Jason Willis.


In this modern dating dilemma, two twenty-something’s Marian and Justin wake up the morning after with an awkward twist: They’re handcuffed. Their desire to find the keys quickly turns to anger and frustration, but as the minutes go by, the couple realize that maybe being cuffed together wasn’t so bad after all. Directed by Giancarlo Iannotta.


Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. Paraíso reveals the beauty and danger of heir job and what the see on the way down. Directed by Nadav Kurtz.


A community of tsunami survivors holds onto its existence through pictures recovered from the debris. Directed by Nathanael Carton.


On her bed in a run down rest home, Dotty is desperate to send a text message to her daughter. When her morning cup of tea arrives, Dotty manages to rope someone else into her long battle with technology.  Directed by Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman.


Forced to return to his roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery. Directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels


The Lepidoctor, centers around an eccentric boy, Baxter, who is obsessed with collecting and fixing strange gadgets. The recent death of his mother however has taught him that some things cannot be repaired. In coping with this loss, Baxter becomes withdrawn. That is until one day while visiting a museum, Baxter comes across an exhibit made of thousands of dead butterflies. The crude manner in which the butterflies were pinned to the wall shakes Baxter to his core. Armed with his childish wit, naive courage, and a Victorian set of surgical instruments, Baxter embarks on a monumental journey that will help him accept the loss of his mother, reconnect with his father, and avenge the death of the butterflies. Directed by Jonathan Barenboim.

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