Chained for Life
Aaron Schimberg • USA • 91min
Sun. Oct. 28 • 6:00pm
Mabel, a beautiful actress, is cast as the lead in a schlocky horror film. Her co-star and most members of the supporting cast are actors with disabilities and physical differences. She connects with her peers off-screen, building friendships—and more—as filming goes on. Mabel begins to consider whether their treatment on set is exploitational.
This film within a film brings up important questions of inclusion vs. exploitation. Are current standards of representation in modern film as equal as we would like to believe?
Chained for Life
Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt • Portugal • 92min
Fri. Nov. 2 • 4:00pm
Every time star footballer Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) makes a shot on goal, a pack of giant, happy, floppy dogs romps onto the pitch in a sparkly cloud. That is, until he misses the game-deciding penalty shot at the World Cup. His groove is gone. The glittery pups are nowhere to be seen. His career is over. Floundering, he falls prey to sinister forces offering him a job as a political mascot—shilling the promise to "make Portugal great again.” Hoping for a second chance, he is instead transported on a surreal and satirical journey through a dysfunctional modern landscape.
Keep an Eye Out!
Quentin Dupieux • France • 73min
Sun. Oct. 28 • 8:00pm
When Louis Fugain (Grégoire Ludig) trips over a dead body in front of his condo, his first impulse is to report it to the police. That’s what any good, logical citizen would do, right? He quickly realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. The obsessive Captain Buron’s (Benoît Poelvoorde) gut tells him Fugain knows more than he’s letting on, and will gleefully grill him until he cracks. The seemingly never-ending interrogation takes absurd turns, soaked in dark humor and bloody fun. It’s a twisted ride all the way to the end.
Keep an Eye Out! (Au Poste!)
Tilman Singer • GER • 70min
Fri. Nov. 2 • 10:00pm
Luz (Luana Velis) arrives at a police station. Seemingly in state of shock, she begins the interview process of filing a report. Meanwhile, at a nearby bar, a mysterious man drinks alone. He’s approached by a young woman with a disconcerting manner. They strike up a conversation over drinks. A malevolent force seems to permeate both conversations.
Shot on 16mm—and the thesis project for German film student Tilman Singer—LUZ already feels like a movie out of time. It has the aesthetic trappings of a film made in the 1980s, but its characters and story are contemporary in their design and feel.
Joel Potrykus • USA • 91min
Sat. Oct. 27 • 2:00pm
Settle in for 91 minutes of action set entirely on a sofa as our hero Abbie (Joshua Burge) attempts to beat all 256 levels of Pac-Man before the world ends. Berated by his brother and a slew of off-kilter friends, Abbie must stick to his mission at any cost. He’ll have to stay focused in the midst of hilarious antics. Will he beat the game? Will the world as we know it be lost for eternity? Will he ever get off the couch?
A.T. White • USA/UK • 101min
Fri. Nov. 2 • 6:00pm
The past can creep up on us in the most unlikely of ways. While grieving the loss of her best friend, Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse. She holes up in her friend’s flat, fending for herself as the world deteriorates and unspeakable Lovecraftian creatures lurk around every corner. With mixtapes, an indie soundtrack, and an adorable pet turtle, Aubrey fights to survive. This fantastical tale of grief and trauma transcends time, space, and logic.
Q&A with special guest: Director A.T. White