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Chicago Short Film Brigade Art · Entertainment · Brevity Sat, 06 Aug 2011 19:06:04 +0000 en FREE Outdoor Bike-In Screening, Feature! Sat, 06 Aug 2011 00:04:47 +0000 Xan Uncategorized Short film lovers and makers -

Don’t we ALSO love feature films and a summer night at the drive-in?

Imagine drive-in movies from way back when: parking on the lawn, tuning in with the car radio, sneaking in beer. Now imagine that by way of your bike: no gas money, no battery drain, no dirty windshield obscuring the art.

Later this month in Chicago, this seemingly unattainable dream will come true on the patio of the Hideout.

The Chicago Short Film Brigade and Logan Square International Film Series present a special outdoor, bike-in screening of Guy Maddin’s remarkable 2006 feature-film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!

We’ll have radios around the patio but encourage you to please bring your own boombox or transitor radio to tune in to our live FM transmission.

The audience will also choose from a variety of celebrity narrators from Isabella Rossellini to Laurie Anderson, Guy Maddin himself and Eli Wallach, among others - and decide whose voice they want to hear on those radio-waves.

Be prepared to relive your drive-in memories with this mesmerizing, bizarro, old-timey, dark, and charming film!

Just don’t sneak in the beer - Hideout bar has you covered all night long.

8 PM

The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL

This film is 95 minutes long.

Free admission for 21+

Join us for the Sundance Institute’s SHORTSLAB: CHICAGO May 7 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:07:37 +0000 Xan Announcements Short film lovers and makers, we’re closed for the season as our head programmer finishes a film and continues another.

Join us in Chicago for a very special all-day workshop, hosted by Sundance!

This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to learn about story, production, distribution, and programming - ALL FOR SHORT FILMS. Xan’s on the Programmer’s Panel. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE director Jared Hess is on the Story Panel.

Saturday, May 7 at Columbia College

See you there!

Murder, Magic, Superstition & Shut-Ins Mon, 11 Oct 2010 02:27:54 +0000 Xan Programs Announcements Hee hee! We’re TimeOut Chicago’s “Sexy Happening of the Day”

Short film lovers and makers, you GOTTA join us for this wonderfully creepy, kooky, unparalleled selection of international short films. How about a little hypnosis and handbags, some shrimp and kitties, convicts and gods to finish the season?

Please join us for our final shows for a long while.
SEASON FINALE (one show, two chances) Advance Tickets Recommended
Thursday, October 21 at 8:30 PM TICKETS HERE
Sunday, October 24 at 6:00 PM TICKETS HERE

Caramel apples, hot popcorn and cash bar at
HIDEOUT 1354 W Wabansia St (off Elston) Chicago, 21 & Over, $8/door

Chicago Short Film Brigade proudly presents:

The Armoire
THE ARMOIRE by Jamie Travis Vancouver (Live-Action Narrative)
Eleven year-old Aaron plays a game of Hide & Seek in which his friend Tony is never found. The mystery of their relationship - and of their queer attachment to the armoire in Aaron’s bedroom - can only be revealed through hypnosis. Creepy, funny, mysterious melodrama. VIEW TRAILER

Crashing Waves
CRASHING WAVES by Britta Johnson
Seattle (Animation)
Castaways perform strange tasks on a deserted shore.  Are they gods, or have they been driven mad by their predicament?

FOET by Ian Fischer
New York (Live-Action Drama) * filmmaker in attendance!
Denise is a housewife who falls in love with the latest fashion trend in Manhattan: purses made from contraband skins!

THE SHRIMP by Keith Wilson
San Francisco (Experimental Documentary)
Follow the life, death, and rebirth of this environmentally threatened seafood along the coasts of the American South, from source to plate and back again.

SUPERSTITIOUS? by David Magnier Ireland (Animation)
The perils of having faith in nonsensical beliefs is set in a pop-up book world. Ted, lonely and isolated, becomes obsessed with changing his luck after breaking a mirror. He takes drastic measure to horde good luck talismans.

North Carolina (Animation)
An odd man with an affinity for oolong tea and rolling his ‘Rs’ adopts a cat named Reginald, who gets a glimpse of his new home - and his future.

BAT & HAT by Becky James
New York (Animation)
A lyrical and monstrous meditation on when the mundane becomes gruesome. Do we give something up when we try to make ourselves better?

SKELETONS by Al Jarnow New York (Animation)
This 1979 Sesame Street educational film shows how various mammals, plants, and objects all share similar skeletal structures underneath their feathers, fur, skin, bark, and bricks.

MUGS by Ronnie Cramer
Denver (Experimental)
One hundred of your favorite celebrity mug shots morph from one to the next in this sinister, hypnotic film.

A MAN NAMED MAGICK by Rob Hatch-Miller & Joaquin Perez
New York (Documentary)
A professional magician since he was a teen, Magick brings amazement into peoples’ lives.

See you in Dubuque, Chicago, and Pepin! Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:53:23 +0000 Xan Uncategorized You alls,

We’re thrilled to be hosting FIVE short film shows this Autumn in THREE different towns.

Join us for international short films of all flavors and sizes from rookies, veterans, and flukesters of the form.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 in Dubuque, Iowa
Film Brigade at Voices From the Warehouse District
7:00 PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 in Chicago, Illinois
Film Brigade at Hideout
8:30 PM

PLUS a rerun! Same show, second chance!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 in Chicago
Film Brigade at Hideout
6:00 PM

OCTOBER 23 in Pepin, Wisconsin
Film Brigade at Flyway Film Festival
Times TBA (2 programs!)

Submit your film now! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 03:16:20 +0000 Xan Uncategorized Friends,

We wanna see ‘em, your mini-masterpieces. Those short films you’ve been working on.

Deadline is September 1. DON’T WAIT.

Yes, there’s a deadline and yes we watch EVERYTHING.

But we start programming as SOON AS the entry window opens. Sooner you send your film, the better. So much more awesomeness can happen if your film is selected early.

For multiple shows in THREE DIFFERENT CITIES this autumn, we’re looking for all genres AND your spooky kooky weirrrd autumn-feelin’ short films.


Season Premiere! One Show, Two Chances… Sun, 21 Mar 2010 18:22:38 +0000 Xan Uncategorized Programs Announcements Hello again, short film lovers! Is it Spring or what?
We kick off our fourth season with stories of love and survival, spring into summer.
A little shadowdancin’ and some quickly shifting teenage feelins. Human connection thru radio and nature in alternate realities. A tender watersystem, a Peruvian stay-cation, a whiff of beach weather, and so much more - including two short films by legendary animator AL JARNOW. (Chicago Reader)  (New City)

SEASON PREMIERE ~ ONE SHOW, TWO CHANCES Advance tickets recommended
Chicago Magazine Pick of the Week!
Thursday, March 25 at 8:30 PM  TICKETS HERE
Sunday, March 28 at 6:00 PM  TICKETS HERE

International short films of all flavors and sizes, mini-pies from SugarKist, hot popcorn and cash bar at the HIDEOUT  1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston) Chicago * 21 and Over, tickets $8/door

The Chicago Short Film Brigade proudly presents these films and more:

The Empress
THE EMPRESS  by Lyle Pisio  Canada (Animation)
Loneliness and desire, love and hesitation. Fear and loss with a bit of alcoholism. Trevor and Martha fall in love in a dingy bar.  VIEW TRAILER

Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF THE BURROWING OWL  by Mike Roush Los Angeles (Animation)
Meet the Burrowing Owl. He’s recently lost his mate to a large predator who is hunting in his neck of the woods. How will he survive in the dangerous wilderness alone?  VIEW TRAILER

In Scale
IN SCALE   by Marina Moshkova Russian Federation (Animation)
A little bird is building a nest and collecting food for its newborn chick. This leads to unexpected consequences on a large scale.

El Turista
EL TURISTA   by Lori Chodos Peru (Live-Action Comedy)
Jorge just missed his flight. He’s taking his dream vacation anyway.

On Time Off
ON TIME OFF   by Bill Porter United Kingdom (Animation)
Fire, ice cream, and micro-dramas between strangers on a sweltering beach. Drawn from memories of working in an ice cream cafe.

Living Organics
LIVING ORGANICS  by Kiera Faber Minnesota (Animation)
In this new world, things are not always as they appear. The natural order of beings is disrupted and altered. What is good and pure?  VIEW TRAILER

Tune In
TUNE IN   by Esther Johnson London (Documentary/Experimental)
Delve into the politics of space and social communication, with a portrait of “the space-age hobby where the world is your friend”, the world of amateur radio operators, also known as HAMS. DIY radio equipment in the ever-changing modern world.

On Off
ON OFF   by Jan Fuchs & Timo Katz Germany
Six unmanned cameras record six other unmanned cameras. All are recording. The light is directing. The directors wait outside.

WATERWAY   by Britta Johnson Seattle (Animation)
Follow large drops of water as they travel through rocks, ferns, plant roots, microbes, and other creatures who naturally filter and clean water.

I Love St. Louis
I LOVE (ST.) LOUIS   by Joe Lachajczyk Iowa City (Animation)
Two bratty kids make a scene in the kitchen, prompting their overworked mother to fling them into the backyard. They duel each other, each aided by a special weapon. Meanwhile, mom watches her favorite TV show.

MAN   by Myna Joseph New York (Live-Action Drama)
Maggie and Allison are teenage sisters who form a striking bond during an encounter with a young man. Passive love, the threats of technology, sexuality, and masculinity compromise their quiet codependency. All in an afternoon.

Short Films From Everywhere, For Everyone Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:13:10 +0000 Xan Announcements Hey wow everybody- THANK YOU. We received nearly 300 submissions for the upcoming Season Premiere. Thanks, all of you for submitting your films. We’re thrilled to have a gander, see what’s a match. Answers to your possible Qs:

If you haven’t receive a determination from us by 3/15, your film is being considered for the October show.

If you submitted in Nov, Dec, or early Jan via DVD and it’s not marked IN CONSIDERATION, we’ve not received your film. Please send it to us.

If you submitted your film between June ‘08-October ‘09 (when it was free) and haven’t received a determination, please know that during that time we received 800+ submissions.

Yup, 800+ submissions is totally nuts AND we were on emergency hiatus for most of ‘09. We’re still working to view approx. 175 of those films.

THURSDAY MARCH 25, Hideout 8:30 PM $8, 21+over TICKETS HERE
SUNDAY MARCH 28, Hideout 6:00 PM $8, 21+over TICKETS HERE
Advance tickets are recommended

Hubley Family Animated Short Films 10/4 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 06:22:18 +0000 Xan Programs Announcements Tall Time Tales Delivery Man Cockaboody

We’re pleased to host an evening with acclaimed animator Emily Hubley!
Screening and discussion of animated short films (1958-2000) by Emily
and her parents, Faith & John Hubley.
Sunday, October 4 at Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago
7:00-8:30 PM with Q&A
$7 door (advance tickets recommended)

Film Brigade and Columbia College present
a screening of Emily’s new live-action feature film (with animation):

Monday, October 5 at 7:00 PM
FREE and open to public
Columbia College 1104 S. Wabash,Room 402, Chicago
Screening & Discussion with the director, moderated by KJ Mathieson
* Soundtrack by Yo La Tengo, they play The Vic on Tuesday, October 6

Faith and John Hubley created a distinct style of animation. Their films are suffused with a vibrant visual style, imbued with the political and social concerns of the world around them, and enriched musically by the couple’s ongoing associations with a number of noted jazz artists. The Hubleys were also pioneers in their treatment of children in animated films, using the voices of their own children.

Faith made twenty-five films (between 1976 and 2001) celebrating the wonders of life and art of many cultures. Her films were honored at the Cannes, Venice and London film festivals.

Emily Hubley makes short animated films and creates sequences for television and film. She provided animation for John Cameron Mitchell’s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, among other films. Her new feature-length live-action film, THE TOE TACTIC, will screen at Columbia College Monday, October 5.

Georgia Hubley, Emily’s sister, co-directed “The Tower” and is one third of the band Yo La Tengo. Georgia has provided the soundtracks to five of Emily’s films.

Special Event: Dubuque, Iowa SEPT 26 Sat, 18 Jul 2009 02:56:19 +0000 Xan Announcements Film Brigade is thrilled to bring the show to Dubuque for the 4th year in a row!

Here are details:

Film Brigade & Chicago Cinema Forum
at Voices From the Warehouse District
Saturday, September 26
7 PM
10th & Jackson Street
$5 donation

Musical afterparty with Alma Sub Rosa!

Sponsored by Mindframe Theaters
Event hosted by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society

Thanks for your patience, Chicago short film lovers and makers! Film Brigade has been on hiatus this year. Stay tuned for a special short film show in Chicago later this autumn.

Summer Show June 26, 27, & 29 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 05:19:00 +0000 Xan Programs Announcements Bicycles, Ship Wrecks, Hip-Hop, Phrenology, and always, always more!
Friends, ’tis summer - ride your bike to see an unparalleled variety of international short films at our favorite microcinemas:

THURSDAY JUNE 26, 8:30 PM at Hideout $8 advance tickets
FRIDAY JUNE 27, 7:30 PM at Experimental Station $5
and last chance
SUNDAY JUNE 29, 7:30 PM at Hideout $8 advance tickets

Experimental Station recommended for ages 14 & Up* (language)
Hideout shows are 21 & Over
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston) Chicago
Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. (South Side) Chicago


(live-action narrative)
Patterns pauline patterns michael patterns mask
Jamie Travis, Vancouver
A suspense thriller, love story, and dreamscape present in three parts
the epic anti-romance of Michael and Pauline.

Honeymoon ship
Jeff & Phill Simmonds, New Zealand
The directors’ great-grandparents were on the SS Wairarapa when it wrecked off the coast of New Zealand in 1893. Five generations tell Mariano and Elizabeth’s story of love, tragedy and survival. Elizabeth describes her first-hand experience of New Zealand’s third-worst maritime disaster in which approximately 131 people lost their lives.

Rush Hour
Daniel Kibblesmith, Chicago
In 2003, Def Jam Recordings released “Music Inspired by Scarface,” an original hip-hop tribute to the 1983 gangster film. Not to be outdone, the 222 Warehouse presents a collection of today’s hottest artists, paying their respect to a film that already has an entirely Rap and R&B soundtrack.

Joe Mover
(live-action) click here for trailer
Lev Gorn & Gabe Fazio, New York
Joe is a should-be-retired-blue-collar worker in the disintegrating world of industrial Long Island. Working amidst a group of oddballs, Joe twists off a cap from a bottle of soda and wins a chance to fulfill a life-long childhood dream.

Oz eyes
Brian Monte & Darren Santa Maria, New York
A visual experiment created in a single day with just over 400 drawings. Each artist alternated every six drawings and could only see the previous frame when proceeding, resulting in a visual Mad-Lib of sorts.

Tandem alone
TANDEM (live-action comedy)
Adam Ginsberg, Minnesota
Part beat-poet ode to companionship, part love-of-bikes story.

DiffBranch TrinidadIndia
Nadia Burgess, New York
Humorous short documentary about race, culture, and perception.

ECT phrenology
Laura Piraino, Boston
A documentary style animation exploring the experiences of two women who undergo electroconvulsive therapy.

Portrait grasshopper
Caitlin Horsmon, Missouri
A meditation on expanded portraiture, cobbling together a feminine figure through glimpses of the animal and the lived - predator, prey, and extreme close-ups of domestic epiphanies.

ALSO! Bike Bonanza Mega-Raffle valued at $130 includes
- bike helmet
- bike lock
- two Laken water bottles
- bike notepad & composition book
- snacks and more
Enter at all three shows - Winner to be announced at Sunday Hideout show.

* Our programs are not MPAA rated *
Recommendations on suggested age of viewer made based on program content.