The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase

The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase

Chicago Onscreen: Year Six

Over the last five years, we've featured dozens of Chicago-made films in dozens of our Chicago parks. We're thrilled to add these thirteen films to the list and proud to introduce you to the Chicago Onscreen Class of 2019. 

This year’s thirteen Official Selections include shorts and feature-length films, documentaries, narratives, and animated films. From the street-level realities of Chicago as we know it to the faraway reaches of outer space, this showcase puts the incredible talents of Chicago’s filmmakers on display in free, outdoor screenings, making hometown films accessible to park audiences throughout the city.

Our 2019 Program Book is Here! Get the inside scoop on our films, our festival and our Programming Partners before you head out to the parks for some local films!

2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

The Art of Flocking

The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks


The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks is a documentary short which tells the story of Chicago’s community-based art practices nurtured within the Chicago Park District, featuring never before seen interviews with artists, scholars, youth, and families across 22 of Chicago’s parks. The film explores questions of identity, community, and solidarity through the eye of young people, teaching artists, and neighborhoods as they experience change through gentrification, displacement, and re-imagining public space as sites for cultural resistance and healing.

Directed by Jackie Richter


Businessmen

Businessmen

A troubled young boy finds companionship, acceptance, and courage with his crew of skateboarding friends, and overcomes his biggest fears to capture his sickest trick on film.

Directed by Aaron Legg

Produced by Kyle Rudolph


The Color of Art

The Color of Art


The Color of Art is a documentary that follows three artists as they navigate the "ecosystem" of the Black art community in Chicago. As their art is passed to the gallery and finally to the collector we examine the history and current state of this unheralded culture.

Directed and Produced by David Weathersby

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Eventual Blindness

Eventual Blindness


A recovering addict and his blind roommate rely on each other to navigate the challenges and troubles in a dark and unfriendly world.

Directed by Malachi Pulte

Produced by Glenn Garrabrant and Armando Reyes

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Exit Zero

Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story


When the steel mills began closing on Chicago's Southeast Side, residents could feel the American Dream slipping away. Decades later, the loss of the steel industry has left permanent scars. “Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story” tracks the stories of multiple generations of producer Christine Walley's family, as they build lives in this industrial community, deal with the fallout caused by the mills’ collapse, and face the environmental devastation that remains.

Directed by Chris Boebel

Produced by Chris Boebel and Christine Walley

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Freddy

Freddy

A visual exploration of a plumber's trade through an investigation of the minutiae and contents of his truck and reflections on why it's all there, what it's hard to let go and what might come next after a full career.

Directed by Ian Bertorelli


Limbo

Limbo

A young ghost girl, stuck in a boring afterlife, befriends a lost, phantom limb and when she reconnects it with its source, she discovers the afterlife can be more full for both of them.

Directed and Animated by Jennifer Stachovic

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Rendezvous in Chicago

Rendezvous in Chicago

This short comedic feature film is comprised of three vignettes, featuring three Chicago couples navigating the beginning, middle and end stages of a relationship; a barroom pickup doesn't go as planned, a walk to the beach holds a surprise ending and a devastating and sudden breakup sparks a surprising new relationship.

Directed by Michael Smith

Produced by Layne Marie Williams

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Richie Beyond

Richie Beyond

Richie, a human, faces off with a robotic Human Resources department in a performance review for his outer-space dream job, but Richie's optimistic outlook isn't shared by his reviewer or any of the rest of the staff. 

Directed by Lars Steier

Produced by Dasha Gorin

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Save It

Save It

Curators and collectors from around the city discuss their archives, why we choose to keep what we keep, and how giving meaning to objects becomes a building block to creating our cultures.

Directed by Leo Gallagher


Something Different

Something Different

Two women, stuck in their routines and longing for a change, have a chance encounter in a coffee shop and immediately feel an attraction that blossoms into a romance along Chicago's lakefront.

Directed by Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

Produced by Dasha Gorin

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Stalled

Stalled

A young woman with a secret and a young woman with no toilet paper are trapped in adjoining restroom stalls, where the combination of proximity and anonymity let them speak freely.

Directed by Eddie Rybarski

Produced by Damon Griffin


Yesterday

Yesterday

A nostalgia and collections shop is losing its stand against gentrification in a prime Chicago neighborhood as the proprietors and clientele age out of the business and neighborhood tastes change from old to new.

Directed by Jon Slavin and Tommy Byrne

 

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