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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
CineYouth Showcases Short Films from Young Directors May 4-6 at Music Box (Chicago,IL)
CINEMA/CHICAGO’S CINEYOUTH FESTIVAL SHOWCASES THE WORK OF YOUNG FILMMAKERS, AGES 7 – 22, AT MUSIC BOX THEATRE, MAY 4-6
Festival Opens with “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” A New Feature from Graphic Novelist Dash Shaw
Festival Program Features 77 Short Films from Eight Countries; All CineYouth Festival Events Free
Cinema/Chicago today announced the programming details for the 13th annual CineYouth Festival,
a three-day film festival showcasing short work by filmmakers ages 7 -
22 from around the world. The festival will be held Thursday, May 4
through Saturday, May 6 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N.
Southport Ave.) and will open on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Chicago
premiere of “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” a critically hailed animated film from graphic novelist Dash Shaw (“New School”) which was hailed by Indiewire
as “the most original animated film of the year.” On Friday and
Saturday, CineYouth will feature 11 programs, each comprised of 5 - 7
thematically grouped films of 15 minutes or less, including narrative,
animated, documentary and horror films as well as music videos. Tickets
to all events are free and can be obtained by visiting www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth.
CineYouth Festival is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
For the Festival trailer, click here. For links to select films stills, click here.
The opening night feature presentation, “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,”
is an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school
comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media
animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash
(Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are
preparing for another year muckraking on behalf of their school
newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). Just when a
blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the
boys’ friendship, Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that
puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race
to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular
know-it- all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon). The film
was hailed as “a quick and dazzling burst of pleasure… something quite
special,” by The Guardian and “An eccentric and lively animated fantasy,” by the New York Times. “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” is distributed by GKIDS.
On Friday, May 5, four programs will be screened, including
“Laugh Track” (5 p.m.) which features comedic shorts; “Reel Women” (6
p.m.), showcasing films from young female directors; “Freaky Friday:
Mind Games” (7 p.m.), a program of chilling short films; and “Cinema
Chicago” (8 p.m.), a series of films from Chicago-based directors.
On Saturday, May 6, seven programs will light up the screen,
including “Happy Hour” (10 a.m.), featuring animated and whimsical films
appropriate for the entire family; “You, Me, Us” (11 a.m.), featuring
the work of young documentarians; “World View” (12 p.m.), showcasing the
work of international filmmakers from France, Belgium, The Netherlands,
Belarus and the United Kingdom; “Visual Beats” (1 p.m.), casting the
spotlight on music-based films; “Dramatics” (2 p.m.), a program
addressing the gritty reality young people must face; “experimental
cinema” (3 p.m.), featuring audacious, genre-challenging work replete
with thought-provoking concepts and striking images; and “Midwest's
Best” (4 p.m.), featuring the work of Illinois-based filmmakers.
Saturday’s programming culminates with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
“This year’s films were carefully selected from 465 submissions from
North America, Europe and Asia,” said Cinema/Chicago’s Education Program
Manager Lauren Ponto. “As one of the expanding
programs added to Cinema/Chicago’s remarkable year-round events
calendar, we’re immensely proud to present such high-caliber films from
exceptional young talent.”
Continuously evolving technology enables young filmmakers to create
work of remarkable quality and sophistication. Among the highlights of
this year’s festival are:
· “Welcome to the Peace House,” directed by Angelo Ross, Siera
Blackman and Briona Barker-Daws, a documentary about the I Grow Chicago
Peace House in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
· “Pangaea,” directed by Olivia Peace, which tells the story of
a lonely girl stranded on a rooftop desperately trying to return her
life to a state of equilibrium after she is separated from her family.
· “ei: emotional intelligence,” directed by South Korean Dennis
Kim, a story of an AI unit that is anything but artificial.
· “Searching for Wives,” from Singaporean Zuki Jumo Tobgye,
about a migrant worker from South India, whose customs prohibit him from
marrying at an even age, and is trying to find a wife before his 32nd
· “Frankie Keeps Talking,” from Brooklyn resident Annabelle
Attanasio, a feminist farce about the frustration a young woman feels
when she realizes her date will not stop talking.
· “All Sewn Up,” from Parisian Inès Bensalem, showing how a
young man’s life is shaken up when a terrorist attack forces him to
reconsider his appearance, particularly his much-criticized beard.
· “NIGHT,” from Dutch filmmaker Joosje Duk, telling the story
of Sue, who hopes that a visit from her cousin Genelva will connect two
different parts of her life.
As part of this year’s program, long-time festival partner WTTW will
present the first-ever WTTW Award, recognizing achievement in
documentary filmmaking. The award winner will receive a production
internship at WTTW studios. In addition to WTTW, festival partners
include Tribeca Flashpoint College, which provides scholarships to its
renowned summer film workshop, and The Prodigy Camp, a summer home in
Seattle, WA., where talented teen filmmakers from around the world hone
their craft and develop relationships with other artists.
In the lead up to the festival, CineYouth
will challenge 50 Chicago area students, ages 10 - 18, to work together
in teams to create short films in one day. The Film Challenge will be
held on April 22 and is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago. The
completed films will be screened at the CineYouth Festival awards
ceremony on May 6. The festival also features a Film Pitch on May 6
where three filmmakers will present their works-in-progress to industry
professionals who will provide feedback. The winner of the pitch will
receive a $250 cash prize and a $1,000 credit toward pre- and
post-production film equipment provided by Chicago-based movie equipment
company, Magnanimous Media.
Allstate has been a long-standing supporter of Cinema/Chicago. This marks the first time the company is supporting CineYouth.
“Arts education is woefully lacking across our education system, yet
it’s so critical to the development of young minds,” said Allstate’s
Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Vicky Dinges.
“CineYouth bridges that knowledge gap by providing young people a forum
to express themselves, and, just as importantly, the program builds
their confidence, teaches them leadership skills and teamwork -- life
skills they can carry forward their entire lives. That’s why Allstate is
so proud to support this effort. We are committed to empowering youth
to step up as leaders in their communities and realize their full
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago
International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit arts and
education organization dedicated to fostering better communication
between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the
moving image. In addition to CineYouth, Cinema/Chicago's programs
include: the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International
Television Festival, International Screenings, and year-round Education
Program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago
International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running
competitive film festival.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies:
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the
world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.
The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change:
Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.
Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s
charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.
In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million dollars. For
more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.
About The Allstate Corporation: The Allstate Corporation
(NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines
insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s
uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.”
The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home,
life and retirement products and services to customers in the United
States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully
independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its
employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.