Thursday, October 25, 2018

RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO Premieres at 5th Annual Pop-Up Film Festival at Oakton Community College, November 27-30 (Des Plaines, IL.)

Oakton Community College Announces its
5th Annual Pop-Up Film Festival
Actors Clare Cooney (Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS) Rashaad Hall (BROWN GIRLS), and New York-based actress Helena Howard will be in attendance
November 27th- November 30th
 (October 24, 2018) Oakton Community College announces its fifth annual Pop-Up Film Festival, programmed and hosted by Chicago filmmaker, film critic and professor Michael Glover Smith.
The fall festival includes three independent feature films and three short films screening at the Footlik Theater (1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines), with cast members and filmmakers participating in the post-film discussions.
The 5th Annual Pop-Up Film Festival screens new movies to the public and students for free in the afternoon November 27th - November 30th, 2018. The festival is sponsored by the Oakton Community College’s Educational Foundation.
Opening on Tuesday, November 27th at 2:00pm is MADELINE'S MADELINE, a New York-set film starring 20-year-old rising star Helena Howard. The film follows teenager Madeline who participates in an acting workshop where she is asked to mine her tumultuous personal life as raw material for a play.  An official selection of the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals, director Josephine Decker's intense psychodrama is an indescribable, innovative masterpiece that has been acclaimed as "one of the freshest and most exciting films of the 21st century" by Indiewire.
Helena Howard will be in attendance, with a Q&A moderated by Oakton’s English professor and writer Tina Fakhrid-Deen.  
The second screening, Wednesday, November 28th at 12:30pm is the experimental documentary, FUTURE LANGUAGE: THE DIMENSIONS OF VON LMO, which chronicles the life of Von LMO, a musician and self-proclaimed alien-hybrid who was part of the late ‘70s New York No Wave music scene. Between trips to his home planet Strazar, Von has spent some very real time in prison and on the streets of Earth. Challenged with translating his Future Language for audiences across the galaxy, Lori, our filmmaker and Von LMO fan, gets sucked into Von's orbit and finds herself lost in his story.
Director Lori Felker is attending, and the Q&A moderator is Oakton’s Art Educator and actress Shannon Sloan-Spice.
On Thursday, November 29th at 2:00pm, Pop-Up Film Festival Host Michael Smith will present the Midwest premiere of his latest feature, RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO.
RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is a short, comedic feature film consisting of three vignettes that correspond to the beginning ("The Brothers Karamazov"), middle ("Cats and Dogs") and end ("The End is the Beginning") stages of a relationship.
This love letter to the Windy City and its colorful inhabitants was an official selection of the 2018 Adirondack Film Festival in New York where it won second place in the Audience Choice Awards.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Smith, producer Layne Marie Williams and the film’s cast members: Clare Cooney (Steve McQueens’ WIDOWS), Rashaad Hall (BROWN GIRLS), Kevin Wehby and David McNulty. The Q&A will be moderated by the Cine-File Chicago/Chicago Reader film critic, Kathleen Sachs.
A LOCAL SHORT FILMS PROGRAM will be the closing-day screening on Friday, November 30th at 12:30pm featuring three experimental short films that span various genres and styles. The films are CREATURE COMPANION (Melika Bass), ATOMS OF ASHES (Maggie Scrantom) and DANCER (Haley McCormick). After the 45-minute program, a Q&A with all three directors will be moderated by Michael Smith.

  Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, 1600 E. Golf Road.

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