5:30pm - Opening Night Reception with FREE Food and Beverage

6:30pm - Opening Night Feature: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Director: Pamela B. Green
Chicago Premiere
Description: Alice Guy Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910. They started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster.

“A timely contribution to the conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers…someone who really should be better known by now.” Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Watch the Trailer Here!!!

Director Pamela B. Green will be available for a post-screening talkback.

8:45pm - Shorts Program: In The Night

What happens in the dark? A set of colorful films about connection in the night.

The screening will be followed by a talkback with filmmakers.

Please be advised that a film in this program depicts sexual violence.

Opening Night (5 min)
Director: Margaret Bialis
Origin: USA
Description: Look within. Then dance it out. A man reflects on formative conflicts from his past with optimism, humor, gratitude… and a musical twist.

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Undone (15 min)
Director: Francesca Castelbuono
Origin: United Kingdom
Description: Two straight-identified women wake up in the same bed. They’ve shared a moment of great intimacy but soon become estranged as they try to come to terms with the way they feel about each other and themselves.

Femme Queen Chronicles: Episode 1 - The Clock (11 min)
Director: Ahya Simone
Origin: USA
Description: Femme Queen Chronicles is a web series about the lives of four black trans women as they navigate through love, life, trade, and shade in the city of Detroit; written, directed, and brought to life by black trans women themselves. In Episode One, the four friends just try to make it through the day without getting clocked as transwomen or clocking someone else over the head instead.

Driftless (16 min)
Director: Abdullah Azizi
Origin: USA
Description: While alone at a diner one night, Jeanie Lawson, an actress whose career is winding down, encounters Carlitos, a young filmmaker. After performing a surreal audition, she convinces him to make a film with her over the course of this night. Driftless immerses us into Jeanie’s world as she struggles to hold onto a dream that is bound to fade away soon. The film is about purpose, the way we strive to give meaning to our lives, and how natural transitions can disrupt this need.

Bacchus (5min)
Director: Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta
Origin: Denmark
Description: Alex, a young woman bored with modern life, is lured by Bacchus into a colorful and mysterious world to explore her deepest desires.

Like Glass (20min)
Director: Andrew K. Meyer
Origin: USA
Description: Like Glass follows Zion, a club kid exploring their gender fluidity through the avant garde scene of New York City’s darkly fanciful nightlife. We witness Zion’s story unfold through a stream of consciousness that weaves a fateful night out at the club with memories of the resistance they’ve faced, both at home from their partner, and in public. In a society of binary gender norms, Zion is ultimately left questioning the truth and fragility of one’s identity.