Chicago Comedy Film Festival will take place Friday November 2nd-4th, 2012 at DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media in Chicago's downtown loop.
Award winning short films and the following features will be screened during the three day event:
Tony Tango (86 Min) (Chicago Premiere) Life is grand for layabout Latin dancer Tony, until his arch enemy plots a takeover of his family dance studio. To stop him, Tony must compete in a high-stakes dance competition with the help of his uptight dance partner and a disgraced former dancing legend.
Bad Parents (87 Min) (Chicago Premiere) Kathy (Janeane Garofalo), a suburban every-mom, signs her seven year old daughter up for club soccer and finds herself thrust through the rabbit hole into the dog eat dog world of over-zealous hyper-competitive youth sports obsessed parents. Coach Nick (Christopher Titus) helms this young ‘dream team’ and is worshiped by all: Melissa (Cheri Oteri), the perky, former cheerleader, know-it-all mom; her fr-enemy “mean mom” Allison (Rebecca Budig), Gary, the Assistant Coach (Michael Boatman) a perpetual outsider longing for his moment of acceptance from everyone including his ever-disapproving wife, Tracy (Kristen Johnston); divorcee social climbing, Laurie (Reiko Aylesworth); and, Melissa’s college scholarship obsessed husband, Dan (Bill Sage).
Servitude (85 Min) (Chicago Premiere) Servitude follows a group of frustrated waiters at a kitschy steakhouse who take over their restaurant for one final, glorious, revenge-filled night when they discover they are all about to be fired. The movie stars Joe Dinicol (CW's The LA Complex) alongside Enrico Colantoni (Just Shoot Me, Galaxy Quest) and Dave Foley (News Radio, Kids in the Hall). Servitude was developed at the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, where director Warren Sonoda and writer-producer Michael Sparaga worked on the script and their plans for production under the guidance of comedy veterans Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), writer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, MIB III) and director Donald Petrie (Grumpy Old Men).
Close Quarters (88 Min) (Opening Feature) Forced to work an extra shift, two young baristas must come to terms with their own relationship while being bombarded by the very different issues of their diverse customers. Featuring TJ and Dave, Susan Messing, Noah Gregopolis, Tim Kazurinsky, Holly Laurent, Kate Duffy, Lindsay Hailey,and many more Chicago talents.
Red Balls (84 Min) A fully improvised and guerrilla style mockumentary, 'Red Balls' shows the true face of Chicago's roughest and most intense underground dodge ball league. 4 teams go head-to-head in a no-holds bar tournament in an abandoned warehouse on the south-side. Each team is composed of a collection of hilarious and truly unique characters; ranging from a dust and syrup loving rap group to one of the richest and most established families in the city. The whole movie is shot improv style without script, including the tournament itself.
Trailer Park Jesus (79 Min) Inspired by a true misadventure, Jessie deals with a bad breakup, by purchasing a sheet of acid to share with his friends back home in Missouri. He hopes this will erase the bad memory of his college girlfriend leaving him in the middle of sex. Departing New Orleans, Jessie detours onto Route 61, seeking a change of routine from the monotony of the Interstate. Unexpectedly, his engine fails at a forgotten trailer park in Cleveland, Mississippi. Fearful he's about to be harmed by bikers, Jessie exchanges hits of L.S.D. for safe passage home. During the ebb and flow of the day, Jessie experiences the extraordinary in the pedestrian, whilst resurrecting the lives of many.
Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages (53 Min) A documentary film that follows the creative brilliance of three stand-up comedians working the comedy club circuit in the 'flyover zones' of middle America. It documents the perseverance of these working class artists who make their living on the road. Their performances show us that comedic talent is not exclusively a coastal media commodity. Local audiences across the Midwest and South appreciate the humor these comics draw out of malls, fast food, and the slow quirkiness of lives not made for TV. Producer and cultural anthropologist Susan Seizer follows comic artists Stewart Huff, Tim Northern, and Kristin Key as they craft their nightly works out of our shared daily lives.
A Portrait of Female Desperation (53 Min) Questionably talented documentary filmmaker Angie hopes to save her failed career by turning her camera on the all-time low point in her longtime roommate Diane's desperate search for love. When Angie finds out that a customer service representative Diane met over the phone is driving across the country to be her boyfriend, Angie gleefully prepares the audience for a harrowing portrait of female desperation - all the while promising Diane she will be the star of a documentary on finding true love. However once Keith (the mysterious stranger from the Midwest) arrives, all three seem to be competing for the 'desperation' of the film's title!
The 5th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival will take place November 6th and 7th
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