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Chicago Short Film Brigade · Programs

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
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!

Skrimp
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
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.

Creepyville
WELCOME TO CREEPYVILLE by Rich Gurnsey
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
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
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
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.

magick
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.

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
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
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.

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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)
ALSO

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

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THE TOE TACTIC *
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

ABOUT THE HUBLEY FAMILY:
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.

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

FILM BRIGADE PROUDLY PRESENTS:

THE PATTERNS TRILOGY
(live-action narrative)
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Jamie Travis, Vancouver
A suspense thriller, love story, and dreamscape present in three parts
the epic anti-romance of Michael and Pauline.

Honeymoon ship
A VERY NICE HONEYMOON
(docu-animation)
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
A HIP-HOP TRIBUTE TO RUSH HOUR
(comedy)
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
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
OZ
(animated)
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
DIFFERENT BRANCHES, SAME TREE
(documentary)
Nadia Burgess, New York
Humorous short documentary about race, culture, and perception.

ECT phrenology
ECT: THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN
(animated)
Laura Piraino, Boston
A documentary style animation exploring the experiences of two women who undergo electroconvulsive therapy.

Portrait grasshopper
PORTRAIT OF AN IMAGINED WOMAN
(experimental)
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.

2008 Season Premiere

Humans! Nature! Animals! …and of course, Politics.

THURSDAY APRIL 10, 8:30p
and
SUNDAY APRIL 13, 5:30p (same program, different day)

Celebrate spring with hot popcorn, brand new posters by Jay Ryan, and an
unparalleled variety of international short films at our favorite Microcinema:
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston)

Tickets are $8 at the door. Advance tickets are recommended, though there is a $2 fee

Show runs approximately 90 minutes, includes a break.

FILM BRIGADE IS PROUD TO PRESENT:

Nature bisoneye
THE NATURE OF REBIRTH
(documentary) *Chicago premiere!
Johanna Lampi, Helsinki
We all die… but what is dying? Puszcza Bialowieska, Europe’s oldest forest, straddles the border between Belarus and Poland. This film follows the cycle of life and the relationship between human and nature through four people living in the forest.

Shake guitar
BAG OF HAMMERS
(claymation) *Chicago premiere!
Clyde Petersen & Forrest Baum, Seattle
Colorful music video with a band of rowdy clay people, ice cream, and one grumpy grandpa. Music by Thao With the Get Down Stay Down.

Crossin
CROSSIN’ ALL THE BOUNDARIES
(documentary) *Chicago premiere!
Rebecca Parrish & Brooke Bassin, Chicago/New York
Journey across boundaries of race and class through a small town on the Mississippi Delta three weeks before the 2008 presidential primary. Find out how people relate to the candidates and to national politics as a whole.

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PEOPLE IN ORDER:

AGE” and “BIRTH” (documentary) *Chicago premiere!
Lenka Clayton & James Price, London
Two films that populate human scales. AGE gives us a person of every age from 1 to 100, BIRTH introduces us to thirty-four women in stages of pregnancy from 4 to 41 weeks.

For The Masses
FOR THE MASSES
(animation) *Chicago premiere!
Corrie Francis, California
City-dwellers flock to an urban wilderness looking for a brief escape from the city’s constant presence. Though tamed and tied by its surrounding metropolis, the mountain is anything but passive…

Saddest
THE SADDEST BOY IN THE WORLD
(live-action tragicomedy)
Jamie Travis, Vancouver
Timothy Higgins, picked last for the team, is the saddest boy in the world. Friendlessness, suburban complacency, and prescription drugs have conspired against the youngster to make this his worst year yet. Musical chairs and birthday cake can’t save him now.

Jessica
I STILL LIKE JESSICA
(animated)
Rodney Rothman & Arthur Jones, New York
Rodney dated Jessica for about two weeks when he was 13 and she was the first girl he ever kissed. “I have probably thought of the kiss fifty-thousand times”, he tells her on the phone. Jessica, now an adult, doesn’t remember.

Brother
THE BROTHER’S IN TROUBLE
(experimental) *Chicago premiere!
Sara Strahan, New York
Using super-8 home movies, found footage, and camera-less techniques, TROUBLE explores the relationship between media and our construction of memory. Original score by Melissa Grey.

Vet ring
VETERINARIAN
(animation) *Chicago premiere!
Signe Baumane, Latvia/New York
The vet’s job is never done and to make it worse, he’s suffering from a broken heart. One night, the animals he has treated come to him in a dream.

2008 Season Schedule

CLICK HERE FOR A ONE-PAGE INFO SHEET ABOUT THE BRIGADE’S 2007 SEASON

Behold! Our upcoming season:

Three NEW episodes at the Hideout
(1) Season Premiere Hideout - Thursday, April 10 - 8:30 PM
second chance, same episode Sunday, April 13 - 5:30 PM

(2) Summer Show “Bike In” Hideout - Thursday, June 26 - 8:30 PM

(3) Season Finale Hideout - Thursday, October 23 - 8:30 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:
MAY 10, Hideout - second annual DANCE DERBY Fundraising Spectacular
“They Shoot Shorts, Don’t They?”

AUG 23 Film Brigade at Bucktown Arts Festival

FILMMAKERS !
FIRST-TIMERS, DABBLERS, ASPIRING & VETERAN DIRECTORS:
Our Call For Entries is now open. No entry fee, No deadline.
Did you know that in January, the audience gave away a cash award of $350 to their favorite film of 2007? Send us your film. Click here for info.

Holy bananas, what a year! Four different episodes, six shows, two outdoor screenings, a special event with live music, and more… Click here for one-page info sheet about our 07 season. Thanks for making our premiere-year great!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Film Brigade: THE BEST
Thursday, JANUARY 24 at Gene Siskel Film Center
8:15 PM Screening and Awards

Join us at the deluxe, high-art environs of the Siskel Center for 100-minutes’ worth of short film thrills (includes intermission), and stick around to help us give out some awards. Just one film will walk away with the Audience Award of $350.

This program also re-runs Sunday, January 27th at 5:30 PM (screening only).

So! After much debate (at times a tad heated and emotional) we carefully reviewed all 52 films from our 07 season, whittling it down to just 13 selections.

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE SELECTIONS FOR THE
CHICAGO SHORT FILM BRIGADE’S BEST OF 2007:

oysterpuffs
OYSTER PUFFS (Animated Comedy)
Brett Harding, Chicago/New York
A man with undulating-hands, the ostrich-lady on a date, an inconsolable hippo, and a fly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

mergansers
RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
(Documentary)
Steve Furman, Minnesota
Just 24 hours after hatching, tiny Merganser ducklings make a perilous leap to the ground below in an age-old rite rarely observed by humans.

Winter
WINTER IS OUTSIDE (Live Action Drama)
Micah Barber, Chicago
When two religious visitors visit Shawn’s west-side neighborhood, it leads to an unexpected conversation.

someghosts
SOME GHOSTS…
(Animation/Experimental)
Aay Preston-Myint, Chicago
Enter the dream world of a spaceman in his sleep chamber, where malevolent spirits escape from a haunted medicine cabinet to descend on houndstooth hillsides.

pie cycle
PIE CYCLE (Animation/Experimental)
Christina McClelland, Iowa City
Hand-drawn illustrations make up a fresh, swift series of interactions between mysteriously quilted humans, big dark bears and cherry pies.

carmichael
CARMICHAEL & shane
(Live-Action Comedy)
Alex Weinress/Rob Carlton, Australia
A single father has his own approach to raising twin boys… Choose a favorite.

bobbybird
BOBBY BIRD: THE DEVIL IN DENIM
(Animation)
Carson Mell, California
Through flashbacks, a tour of an aging rock star’s various tattoos. Why is a spider on his chest, a nude acrobat on his neck, and the names of many women etched in his flesh?

afternoon
BUOI CHIEU/AFTERNOON

Kim Spurlock, New York (Live Action Drama)
Vietnamese ghost story of quiet death and family bonds transmitted via radio airwaves.

HandofBridge
HAND OF BRIDGE (Live Action Musical)
Curtis Taylor, Seattle
Filmed in the saturated palette of a Hollywood melodrama, this is the first film version of a 1959 Samuel Barber/Gian Carlo Menotti comic chamber opera.

Mermaid
MERMAID (2-D Stop Motion Animation)
Lisa Barcy, Chicago
The marriage of Carl and Doris, darlings of the marine biology world, has gone south. She attempts to salvage its remains, he pines for the most elusive of sea creatures.

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MACHINE WITH CHAIR
(Experimental)
Arthur Ganson, Massachussetts
Breathtaking kinetic sculpture by a one-man artist, engineer, filmmaker.

TeatBeat
TEAT BEAT OF SEX (Animation)
Signe Baumane, Latvia/New York
Lighthearted rants about sex. Musings on insatiable desire, awkward sizing, and Mother’s ill-fated, unconvincing advice.

bite
THE BITE (Animation)
Jeff Harms, Chicago
A man tries to protect the woman he loves.

It still blows our minds that this is our fourth and final show of the season.
Thanks for making our premiere-year great!

Join us THURSDAY OCTOBER 25
at our favorite microcinema, Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston)

Show starts 8:30 PM, runs about 90 minutes, includes a break.
Tickets are $8 at the door. Advance tickets are recommended, though there is a $2 fee.

This will be a non-smoking show, with lovely patio smoking available.
Hideout is 21+. (All ages additional location coming soon, bear with us!)

For sale during the show: Hot popcorn! Fresh made Sugarkist pies!
We proudly present:

Winter
WINTER IS OUTSIDE
(Live Action Drama)
Micah Barber, Chicago
When two Mormon missionaries visit Shawn’s west-side neighborhood, it leads to an unexpected conversation.

Mermaid
MERMAID
(2-D Stop Motion Animation)
Lisa Barcy, Chicago
The marriage of Carl and Doris, darlings of the marine biology world, has gone south. She attempts to salvage its remains, he pines for the most elusive of sea creatures.

Crone
CRONE

Ben Gerlis & M.E. Please, London (Stop-Motion Animation)
The dark, surreal tale of a quaint village green in which all is not quite as it seems.

HandofBridge
HAND OF BRIDGE
(Live Action Musical)
Curtis Taylor, Seattle
Married couples settle in for a nightly bridge game. During polite card-play, they each secretly pine for hidden desires. Perversions and lust briefly rise. Filmed in the saturated palette of a Hollywood melodrama, this is the first film version of the 1959 Samuel Barber/Gian Carlo Menotti comic chamber opera.

TeatBeat
TEAT BEAT OF SEX
(Animation)
Signe Baumane, Latvia/New York
Lighthearted rants about sex. Musings on insatiable desire, awkward sizing, and Mother’s ill-fated, unconvincing advice.

Kashmir
CASHMERE ON CREDIT (Live Action Narrative)
Maximilian Hult, Sweden
A man suspects he’s dying but doesn’t trust doctors. If his tailor agrees to make him an expensive suit on credit, does that mean he’s not doomed after all?

PussInBoots
PUSS IN BOOTS
(Live-Action Experimental)
Julie Fab & Heather Marie, Chicago
So wrong it’s right? A foot-fetish delight.

Cackle
CACKLE
(Live Action Experimental)
Erin Diebboll, Brooklyn
A woman captivated by a clucking noisemaker directs a surreal factory equipped with an assembly line of doily-ed eggcups and marching chickens.

Don'tStop
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ (Music Video)
Mark Bachara & Michael McGrath, Chicago
A guilty pleasure featuring a ridiculous homage to late 70s and 80s music videos.
A visual salute to Chicago.

Creation
CREATION (Live Action & Animation)
Zea Barker & Michael Pope, Massachusetts
An artist deep in frenzied inspiration labors to draw characters as they begin to take on a life of their own.

Special Event! Sunday, August 5 Hideout 8 PM, Chicago

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World Premiere of IMITOSIS, directed by Britta Johnson
Join us for the world premiere of Andrew’s very first video, “Imitosis”, directed by stop-motion delight Britta Johnson and produced (non-Brigade) by Xan.

Drawing on the color palettes and photographic style of science books from the late 1960s, this gorgeous, twitchy, twirling piece - part science-film, part dream-world - also captures Andrew’s signature multi-instrumental performance.

Evening features a shorter-than-normal-Brigade program with piano action from Abraham Levitan, a snazzy visual program, plus a DJ dance party (afro-pop with Josh Abrams & Nathaniel Braddock). Music & visuals will last about an hour total. Dance party til late!

Proceeds toward Film Brigade’s annual award fund and ‘08 operational budget.
Door charge $10. Advance tickets here.
Ample bike parking! Smoke-free event.

Hot Summer! Hot Films! Hot Show!
THURSDAY JULY 19

See you at our favorite microcinema -
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston)

Show starts at 8:30 PM.
Running time approximately 90 minutes, includes a break.

This will be a non-smoking show, with lovely patio smoking available.
Hideout is 21+. (All ages additional location coming soon, bear with us!)

Tickets are $8 at the door.
Advance tickets are recommended, though there is a $2 fee.

For sale during the show: hot popcorn! Fresh made Sugarkist pies! Snazzy t-shirts, etc.
We bring you:

Motodrom
MOTODROM

Joerg Wagner, Germany (Experimental Documentary)
The mezmerising world of hell-riders in a wooden barrel.
Men, their motorbikes, speed and stunts with a whiff of gasoline and adrenaline.

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BUOI CHIEU/AFTERNOON
Kim Spurlock, New York (Live Action Drama)
Vietnamese ghost story of quiet death and family bonds transmitted via radio airwaves.

Condilicious
CONDILICIOUS
Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle, Los Angeles (Political Satire)
In a rare display of musicality, the Secretary of State takes on the Senate.

Cutout
CUTOUT

Marc Cantone, New York (Live Action Drama)
When a once famous Italian-American crooner learns his estranged son has put the family home up for sale he sneaks into the house, slips into the pool and refuses to get out.

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STANLEY KUNITZ: POET LAUREATE
Alix Lambert (Documentary)
An elderly poet’s life at home, where he muses upon words and takes us on a tour of his writing room. Mr. Kunitz passed away last year.

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MACHINES (selection of 3)
Arthur Ganson, Massachussetts (Experimental)
Breathtaking kinetic sculptures by a one-man artist, engineer, and filmmaker.

Post Nasal Drift
POST NASAL DRIFT
Britta Johnson, Seattle (Experimental)
Intricate and elaborate stop-motion animation about two species competing for control of a mysterious floating hand.

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POLYFOTO
Daniel Meadows, England (Digital Storytelling)
Swift and sweet, family stories told by a British photographer known for his Free Photographic Omnibus, a converted double-decker bus.

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GI JOE Public Service Announcements (selection)
Eric Fensler, Chicago (Comedy)
Back by popular demand! Dedicated to the 4 or 5 of you out there who’ve not seen them.

Celebrate the impending blitz of green and warm weather with excellent company, hot popcorn, handmade SugarKist pies, and an unparalleled variety of international short films!

ALSO at the show, an opportunity to win items donated by Brigade board member
Andrew Bird. (scroll to bottom of page for details)

After the show, stick around for dancing with DJ Treetop Lover.
See you at our favorite microcinema
Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston)

Show starts at 8:30 PM.
Running time approximately 90 minutes, includes a break.
This will be a non-smoking show, with patio smoking available.

Tickets are $8 at the door.
Advance tickets are recommended (our last show sold out), though there is a $2 fee.

We bring you:

Oyster_Hippo
OYSTER PUFFS
premiere!
Brett Harding, Chicago/New York (Black Comedy)
A man with undulating-hands, the ostrich-lady on a date, a fly in the wrong place at the wrong time… and an inconsolable hippo.

Bite_Powerlines
THE BITE
premiere!
Jeff Harms, Chicago (Animation)
A man tries to protect the woman he loves.

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ERAMOS POCOS/ONE TOO MANY premiere!
Borja Cobeaga, Spain (Live-Action Drama)
When his wife leaves him and his layabout son, Joaquin brings his mother-in-law from the rest home to keep house for them.

Bobby_Guys
BOBBY BIRD: THE DEVIL IN DENIM
Carson Mell, California (Animation)
Through flashbacks, a tour of an aging rock star’s various tattoos. Why is a spider on his chest, a nude acrobat on his neck, and the names of many women etched in his flesh?

VEGETARIAN SHEPHERD premiere!
Hannah Robbins, Missouri (Documentary)
A quick ode to 19 year-old Hannah’s vegetarian dog.

hoova
BIRDCATCHER
Chris Hefner, Chicago (Experimental)
An examination of human urges, fetishism, hunting… and the confused tension between science and things beyond reason.

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MOLLY BANNAKY: A History in Black & White premiere!
5th & 6th Graders - Cambridgeport School, Massachusetts (Animation)
The striking story of a mixed-race relationship that survived despite the harsh laws prohibiting interracial marriage during this country’s formative years.

Carmichael
CARMICHAEL & shane

Alex Weinress/Rob Carlton, Australia (Black Comedy)
A single father has his own approach to raising twin boys… Choose a favorite.

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CORNDOG COOKER
Tom Strickland, Michigan (Live-Action Comedy)
A fed-up working man, Corndog Cooker wonders when his big break might come.

But Soft
BUT SOFT premiere!
Britta Johnson, Seattle (Stop-Motion Animation)
Birds build a dreamy nest.
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tour poster medium

Also at the show! An opportunity to win TWO tickets to Andrew Bird’s upcoming record release show in Chicago at Riviera Theater (April 20) PLUS signed by Andrew for the winner, this Armchair Apocrypha tour poster handmade by Diana Sudyka (designer of Brigade logo). 18×25″, 5-color print on 80lb coverweight paper. Surefire collector’s item.

Season Premiere! January 18

We are so thrilled to present our first show of the Season!

Nothing better on a winter’s night than some cozy company, hot popcorn and huge variety of international short films. See you at our favorite microcinema-

Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia St. (off Elston)

Show starts at 8:30 PM.
Running time approximately 90 minutes, includes a break.

Tickets are $7 at the door.
Advance tickets are recommended, though there is a $2 fee.

This one’s going to be a doozy! We bring you:

 Pie Cycle
PIE CYCLE
Christina McClelland, Iowa City (Animation/Experimental)
Hand-drawn illustrations make up a fresh, swift series of interactions between mysteriously quilted humans, big dark bears and cherry pies.

 Gesture Down
GESTURE DOWN (I Don’t Sing)
Cedar Sherbert, California/Mexico - Documentary
First-person rumination on place, longing, and identity - themes of significance for the director, who is a descendent of (and sometimes estranged from) the La Huerta Indian community of northern Baja California, Mexico - where the film is shot.

 Lone Ranger
THANK YOU, MASK MAN
Lenny Bruce/Jeff Hale (Vintage Animated Comedy)
Local folks are upset with the Lone Ranger because he won’t stay around to be thanked after a good deed. Based on classic comedy routine by Lenny Bruce.

 Los Ojos de Alicia
LOS OJOS DE ALICIA (The Eyes of Alicia)
Ugo Sanz, Basque/Spain - Live-Action Thriller
Andrea awakes in an empty room… From a TV across the room, a woman guides Andrea through a harrowing gauntlet of emotion - giving her a choice between her painful past and the option to live.

 Some Ghosts
SOME GHOSTS…
Aay Preston-Myint, Chicago (Animation/Experimental)
Enter the dream world of a spaceman in his sleep chamber, where malevolent spirits escape from a haunted medicine cabinet to descend on landscapes of quilted hutments among houndstooth hillsides.

 Still Life
STILL LIFE
Jon Knautz, Ontario (Live-Action Thriller)
A young college student suffering from post-finals sleep deprivation stops through a small town and makes an unnerving discovery. An eerie, Twilight Zone-style experience.

 Ride of the Mergansers
RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
Steve Furman, Minnesota (Documentary)
Just 24 hours after hatching, tiny Merganser ducklings must make a perilous leap to the ground below in an age-old rite rarely observed by humans.

 Kaboom Bomber
KaBOOM!

PES, New York (Stop-Motion Animation)
An elaborately built city made of vintage household items and toys is under the threat of a looming peanut.

 KaBoom
THE MAKING OF KaBOOM

PES, New York (Documentary)

 Wet Dreams
WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES

Jesse Epstein, Brooklyn (Documentary)
A Brooklyn barber covers his wall with magazine pin-ups and wishes real women could look more like the babes on his “wall of beauty”.

 The Witch and the Cow
THE WITCH AND THE COW
Signe Baumane, Latvia (Animation)
A tiny witch tries to milk an immense and unmoving cow. With one absurd turn after another, things get out of control.

2007 Season Schedule

Brigade screenings run quarterly in Chicago (Hideout) and Dubuque (Isabella’s).
Episodes in each town are similar, though not often identical. Read the rest of this entry »

October 2006 Tour Program

This program screened for packed audiences in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Minneapolis, and Madison as opening band for board member Andrew Bird on a benefit tour he did for the Brigade. Click here for more details. Read the rest of this entry »

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