Director: Lisa McElroy
1996 16mm black & white/color ray-o-graph 5:30
Filmed on location at the directors former work site, Job is a dark celebration of the trivial task. Inspired by 1930s monster movies and Man Rays surrealist ray-o-graphs (a cameraless technique where objects are exposed directly on to the undeveloped film), Job takes the viewer into the mind of the barely human, working cog.
Motion Picture Genocide
35 mm color 4:00
Cleveland, Ohio.MPG is mixed-media social commentary exploring violence and racial stereotypes prevalent in the Hollywood film industry. The film was shot entirely from film stock left over from the Hollywood production Telling Lies.
Short films By Modi- 1994-97
Video, black & white
Los Angeles. 15:00
Pump with a Chump
Muscle man Henry Rollins (Black
Flag, The Rollins Band ) flexes as he pumps up the Chump.
Rosa Mi Amor
Manny Chevrolet mourns for his love Rosa, but is there even a Rosa?
The football obsessed Manny becomes consumed by
the sport he loves.
Manny travels to the Woodstock Revival show to raise havoc and cause trouble.
Mommy, Daddy, & Me!
Manny tries to do the family life, a real and revealing look at a dysfunctional family.
Director: Jim Trainor Music by Joe Miucco
1997 16mm Animation, black & white 38:00
The Fetishist is a animated film based on the criminal career of William Heirens, a serial killer active in Chicago in the 1940s. He is best know for the chilling message he wrote in lipstick on the bedroom wall of one of his victims: For Heavens Sake Catch Me Before I Kill More, I Cannot Control Myself. The film dwells on the early life of its subject, who suffered a head injury in infancy and whose childhood obsession with stealing womens underwear prestages an escalating series of violations.
Director: Adam Davis
1996 16 mm/color 29:00
The daily lives of Tex and Weasel consist doing nothing and more of nothing. Then one day Weasel comes up with the idea to kill someone
.Thus begins a comedic journey into ridiculousness, as these two anti-heroes attempt to add purpose to their lives by talking someone elses. See what can happen when you have to much time on your hands and too little on your mind.
City of Sleep
Director Jon Filthe
1996 16mm/color 20:00
Maya, a glue-sniffing punk rocker, decides to leave town after her best
friend Darby blows his brains out in front of their high school Biology class. Leaving behind a
alcoholic father and a mother who has withdrawn, Maya starts living on a roof in Montreal. Then one morning she wakes up to find herself dead. Suddenly, she meets Sid Vicious the angel! Is she on here way to punk heaven?
In The Course of Human Events
Director Dominic Angerame
Sound design by Amy leigh Hunter
1997 16mm/black & white 23:00San Francisco
A surrealistic depiction of the dismantling of the Embarcado Freeway that was damaged in the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. Tractors like dinosaurs gnash at the organic tangle of metal. Subtly montaged with double and triple exposures, this film takes on symphonic sounds and visuals showing the styles of early cinema and a futuristic vision.
Director Tony Gault
1997 16mm/color 11:00
The Gift is a experimental psychodrama focusing on the family
relationships and the downward genetic spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. The Gift examines four generations of one family and the repercussions of ignoring the family addictive heirloom.
Out Of Loop
Director: Scott Peterson
1997 Video 86:00
A documentary focusing in on the Chicago musical sound. It features interviews and live performances by Steve Albini, Die Warzau, Eleventh Dream Day, The Jesus Lizard, Pulsar, Seam, Veruca Salt, The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Pulsars, and Yum-Yum.It also features some of Chicagos premiere recording labels, including Touch and Go and Wax Trax.
Director: Craig Baldwin
1995 16mm/Video, color and black & white 87:00
Sonic Outlaws is a continuation into Baldwins practice of reworking found film and sound into fresh new contexts. As a member of a post-industrial generation of media savages, the filmmaker, with a cult comic book aesthetic, drives an ironic, archaeological dig through the debri of American popular culture. Featuring, Negative Lands infamous U2 lawsuit by Island Records. Also featuring:
Emergency Broadcast Network, John Oswald, Tape-Beatles, Barbie-Liberation.
Man On The Moon
1995 Pixilvision, black & white 20:00
A dejected husband goes to the moon with his cat to live in seclusion. They transmit information back to earth telling of life on the moon, through song, humor and lunatic fringe.
1993 16mm animation/color 2:30
Director Corey McAbee
Hand-painted animation features Billy Nayer, a barroom drunk who breaks
into song. The style is a mixture that fondly satirizes 1950s beatnik poetry readings.
1996 16mm/color 23:00
Director Roberts Edwards
Palo Alto, California
Paranoia examines the forces which influence our lives every day and the extent to which we should or should not feel threatened by them. In a age when media, government, and advertising continually bombard us with information, where is the line between healthy skepticism and lunacy?
Shadow1997 16mm/color 13:40
Director David Alexander Davidson
An agoraphobic woman struggles to define the boundaries between reality and illusion in her mind and backyard.
Line of Fire
1997 16mm/black & white 10:00
Sound design by Amy Leigh Hunter
This film explores two major events in the filmmakers life. One explores Angerame being diagnosed with coronary arterial disease and another the fire that destroyed his apartment.
1995 Video/black & white 107:00
Washington D.C.A fast-paced punk noir that starts in the gritty streets of Washington D.C. Neo-Nazi skinheads and an urban drug gang are manipulated by a power hungry crime cartel bent on starting a race war in a quest for total domination. Soundtrack features: Fugazi, Clutch, Slant 6, Nation of Ulysses, Iron Cross, Tone, Who is God, Pitchblende, Holy Rollers, The City Bleeds, 9353 and Lucy Brown.
1996 Video 30:00
Directors Mark Siska &
Presented in English and German.
Based on the writing's of Bertolt Brecht, Fatzer Fragments is a Chicago/Berlin co-production. Fatzer examines deconstruction through the text of Brecht and behind the back drop of Chicago and Berlin.
1997 Video 23:00
Director Mark Siska
Explore the lives of Carlos, Claudia (tightrope walkers), Natasha their
daughter and their dog Lucas as you take a look behind the scenes of a circus and discover Circus Life.
1997 35mm/black & white 14:00
Idling Brando is a documentary short about Hollywood icon, Dennis Woodruff and his dark, romantically misguided journey on the road to fame and fortune.
Subdue the Universe
1997 Video 56:00
Director James Taylor
Madison, WisconsinAn impoverished camera crew ventures through the seamy underbelly of
presidential politics in the USA, seeking fringe candidates ignored by the mainstream
media. In the shadow of snowbound New Hampshire, they encounter freaks, misfits, the
comically deluded, the impossibly inane and the occasional genius. All of whom think they
should be President of the United States.
Harshlight1996 16 mm/black & white 25:00
Director E.B. Hughes
Ocean City, New Jersey
Harshlight is a character study focusing on an aging boxer named
Clyde, whose career gets sidetracked when he gets involved with a shady drug dealer named
Parris. Enter Morris Jones, a hard-nosed cop determined to bring Paris down, but only with the help of Clyde. Filled with intrigue, and suspense.
1997 Super 8/color 7:30
Director Lisa McElroy
Haunt is a atmospheric slice of the after-life. A small girl emerges from behind an armless statue, caught in a loop of memories. The loss of a guardian a century ago is her
recurrent obsession, interrupted and triggered by the seemingly mundane moments that make
up the modern world. Shot in Super 8, a medium that is currently disappearing from practical existence.
Empire Of Ache
1996 Super 8/black & white 9:00
Director Lisa Hammer
Caught on living celluloid for the first time, the hot-blooded mania of
Dame Darcy conversing with dolls no bigger than gods foot
see with your own
dripping wet eye the real life adventures of crazies on parade. Dare to hold hands with danger and run blindfolded into the psycho fire.
1993 16mm/color animation 4:00
Director Kohn Bros
We witness everyman as this black comedy that pokes fun at the often tedious routines and regiments of daily existence, as well as the potentially undignified end.
Born To Lose
1996 16mm/color 57:000
Born to Lose is a pseudo-documentary about The Spoilers, a punk band from Venice, California. Born to
Lose is a realistic look into the life of a struggling
underground punk band and lead singer Stevie Monroes odyssey of nihilism.
1997 35mm/black & white 27:00
Director Lee Songe
Different genders, different sexuality's collide around social identity.
Once we delve into the narcissism of desire, where could it take us? In the case of Echo
Off, it leads us to a paradox where maybe a drag queen is the only true reality.
Here Dies Another Day
1997 Digital Betacam transfer to 35mm,
Director Caryn West
Here Dies Another Day is a noir thriller set in the early 1950s about how unexpected violence and emotions disrupt the somber life of of an English teacher and her father suffering from dementia.
It Crawls Inside Me
1994 Super 8/black
& white 10:00
Director Raoul Vehill
David Yow (Jesus Lizard) stars in this dark dominatrix vampire thriller.
Cult of the Cubicle
1997 Video 45:00
Director George Kuchar
A visit into George's New York past. Visit with Stars from his early New York films, Meet old childhood friends and even see George's mother as she makes him good home cooked meal. As George can only do it in his semi documentary, camp style mixed with melodrama Cult of the Cubicle is a funny and some times touching personal diary into George past as he goes home to The Bronx on his Birthday.
The Files of Eddie Gray
1995 Video 20:00
Mixing documentary with staged drama George Explore the Real Men in
Black and interviews there creator. Great exploration into conspiracy and Aliens.