Chicagoland Shorts is a new short film series produced by Eugene Sun Park and Kayla Ginsburg, co-curated with Beckie Stocchetti (Kartemquin Films). The series celebrates the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, providing an outlet for cinematic voices that are underrepresented in mainstream media culture.
Gallery 400's current exhibition, After Today, will be on view preceding the screening. After Today includes seven artists’ projects that respond to the city of Chicago's social, political, and economic conditions, addressing the city's changes and its possible future.
Following the screening, Becki Stochetti of Kartemquin Films moderates a discussion with filmmakers in the Chicagoland Shorts program.
Chicagoland Shorts brings together the best of the so-called niche cinemas – queer, Asian American, black, experimental, etc. – culled from local film festivals, micro-cinemas, and film schools. This eclectic collection boasts award-winning films including a finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Award and the recipient of a Human Rights Award from Nielsen Reviews. The films featured in Chicagoland Shorts have screened nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, and over 100 competitive film festivals.