Saturday Nov 11

Project Chicago Presents the 14th Annual
Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest
Nov. 10th and 11th, 2017

This Year's fest features the best short films from throughout the world.  Comedies, action, drama, Horror, Demented, arts,  we are showing a little of everything!  So get tickets while you can!  

We will be showing this years films Nov 10-11, 2017 at the Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St.,Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets to this year’s festival will be available through this website (via Paypal), we do not have a convenience fee like most other ticket vendors. Tickets will also be available before each show begins.

Saturday Nov. 11th Schedule
 2:00PM - Saturday Matinee

Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

La Postina
7 min.
Aaron Carter, Director

A lonely mail carrier falls in love with a girl on his delivery route.

Driving John Lennon
14 min.
Vito Brancato, Director

On the night August 27, 1965, Elvis Presley and John Lennon went for a drive. What was said that night has never been revealed…until now.

Dog Music
7 min.
Chris Riggi, Director
New York

After a tragic UBER related incident, a talented pianist decides to focus his creativity into a YouTube channel filled with music specifically for dogs.

3 min.
Brett Elam,Director

Recess is a comedic short film about a boy and his tough choices at recess. With only 15 minutes of free time, deciding what to do is often the hardest part of the day. Recess was written and produced by a 7-year-old midwestern kid named Aidan... whom also believes recess is too short to make these tough choices!

The Cage
15 min.
Ricky Staub, Director

An honest picture of redemption in the face of overwhelming darkness.

To Those With Good Intent
14 min.
Harvey Pullings Jr., Director

Mitchell Harris is a 32 year old college graduate. Living at home with his mother, he's struggled with financial stability and success for the past 6 years. Caught up in his own insecurities of his own age and lack of progress, Mitchell consistently looks for big opportunities, which end in mediocre payoffs. After receiving an interview that goes opposite of his expectations, a reunion with an old friend leads him into an unforeseen dilemma.

5 min.
Fenglin Chen, Director

A romantic relationship blossoms between a man and a woman when they meet in a delicatessen.

33 min
Ed Rigg, Director
United Kingdom

Set in a sleepy English seaside town, ‘Confection’ is a comedy about a not-quite-grown-up who finds himself accidentally catapulted into the thick of a very grown-up situation. 

Saturday Nov. 11th Schedule
4:00PM - Saturday Afternoon Show

Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

12 min.
Emily Seale-Jones, Director
United Kingdom

A Sister tries to pull the shattered pieces of her life back together after an unimaginable event.

The Freeze
9 min.
Trevor Mirosh, Director

A young girl and her roommate discover their 1950’s fridge is more than it seems.

Calvin's Story
5 min.
Quinn Wilson, Director

After coming out to his parents as gay, this young black man has been surviving homelessness on the streets of Chicago for years. We learn about his story, life, and aspirations to be a massage therapist.

A Night at the Movies
16 min.
Erik Carlson, Director

A shy movie nerd must overcome his confidence issues when he and his crush, the theater concession stand girl, are pulled into a 1930s adventure film by its fiery heroine.

Lesser Cousin
10 min.
Patrick Metcalf, Director

A man comes to his estranged aunt’s deathbed, only to receive an uncomfortable dying wish.

The Prostate Song
6 min.
Luca Elmi, Director

The prostate song is one man’s rebellion against old age.

10 min.
Michael Tapson, Director

When Karen Pechman starts to receive disturbing letters from death row inmate Fitz Willard, her curiosity is piqued. The grisly details of his crimes are revealed to be at the demand of a sadistic demon only Fitz can see. Are Fitz's confessions just a fabrication, or is there more to the story?

4 min.

Before we knew that love was a choice, we relied of the on the power of the petal. A belief that each petal lost from the stem pulled us closer to the answer. Do we suffer alone, or do we get to be with one that loves us? Daisy takes us on the journey of young love and how we relinquish our decisions to stories shared by others.

23 min
Directed by Vicente Bonet

Nikolay is a cosmonaut converted in the first human sent out to space, a technical failure will make his return alive impossible. Meanwhile he's orbiting the earth in his capsule, waiting for his tragic end, a casual encounter will changes his life.

Saturday Nov. 11th Schedule
6:00PM - Saturday Evening Show

Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

Neverlaid to Rest
19 min.
Erik Long, Director

A lovesick nerd revives his reckless best friend (and secret crush), and reluctantly helps him get the girl of his dreams.

The Open Mic
5 min.
Jason Madeja, Director

Chicago comics Kelsie and Daryl attempt to produce an open mic showcase.

Bad Dog
3 min.
Tom Putnam, Director

A young girl is awakened in the middle of the night by a mysterious scratching on the screen door outside her room. 

Ding Dong
4 min.
Timothy Troy, Director

Someone - or something, plays Ding Dong Ditch with a girl who is home alone.

Straight Edge Kegger
1 min.
Jason Zink, Director

A young punk and a houseful of drunks square off against the gang of militant straight edgers that he's abandoned.

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9 min.
Margaret Katch, Director

Character anthology web series set in an abortion clinic. It's a comedy! Based on real interviews, created by women, shot by women, with an all-woman crew.

12 min.
David Bradburn, Director

John’s wife is killed in a car accident. He is trying to hold his family together by the skin of his teeth in a society that does not appreciate single parents. He is a facet of each of us. Join us on a journey of love, loss, grief, and moving forward. 

POOL (”Sh!tastic”)
6 min.
Director David Rey
New York

A comedic web series following 3 single New Yorkers as they navigate through the dating pool told in “Drunk History” inspired flashbacks. Steph (MARY ASHLEY) was dumped by her fiancé and is trying to survive it, moved to NYC and crashing on her friend Mitch’s couch. Ryan (CHRIS RUSSELL) lost a bunch of weight, is starting to date,and needs guidance from his playboy best friend, Mitch. Mitch (BRANDON SCOTT HUGHES) is the seemingly stereotypical ladies’ man but with a heart of gold: always wanting the best for his friends, he tries to give them his best advice, but it can’t save them from themselves.

30 min.
Owen Weber, Director
Hunter Bradley, Director

SILICON VALLEY meets LOUIE. Jim and Lyle are Millennials...just not from this millennium. They’re the youngest old guys ever. A freak fire and a business meeting with potentially world changing consequences unwittingly puts the brothers on a crash course with the fate of humanity, eternity and, if Jim can help it, the end of it all.

Saturday Nov. 11th Schedule
8:00PM - Best of the Fest Show

Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

2017 Best of the Fest Show

Join us for the 14th annual Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival's 'Best of the Fest' ShowThis is the show that shouldn't be missed, it highlights award winning films from throughout the fest.  Some of our favorites and some of yours (the audience).  The line-up of films will not be made available before the show, so if you want to know, you’ll have to go.  Please help us spread the word, share this post and tell your friends!

We will be showing this years films Nov., 10-11 at the Chicago Filmmakers Theater, 5243 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

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