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The Mystery of Life

Filmmaker Stephen Cone in Person!

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00pm
Location: Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30pm
Location: Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

THE MYSTERY OF LIFE is visually stripped bare, but overflows with allusion and plot and emotion and performance. It's a daring film that shows the core of Cone's art - the actor - stranded in front of a pale, unchanging background auditioning for the movie they're already in. The only interactions the actors have are with the occasional scene partner and "The Director" as a lawful benign Dr. Claw - offscreen even when he's standing right in front of the camera. Slowly multiple stories emerge that will graze and bounce off each other and perhaps resolve. Mothers and sons clash. Romantic partners flirt and rebuff. Gifts are given and re-sold. Sex acts are of the Warholian variety, both in action and framing. T.S. Eliot provides some text and the overarching philosophy. It's a square dance of actors trading roles and lines. Minimally absurdist in structure, but maximally forceful in execution; hyper-focused actors swimming within a narcotic construction - the frame as maddeningly confining fish tank. It's a sidelong tale with a traditional gut-punch saved for the last possible moment of this brief and powerful film.




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2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Grantees

Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, which has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to twelve Chicago digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,850 to $10,000.
The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The goal of the fund is to support media arts projects intended for online distribution. Guidelines stipulated that digital media of any length or genre would be considered, but projects needed to promote progressive social change, be appropriate for youth, and be made available for viewing for free online in order to reach the widest possible audience. The fund was intended to support artists with varying levels of experience; both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for emerging and younger artists. 

Awarded projects include: 

Battle Flag (working title) by Logan Jaffe // Block Zombies by Leon Kelsick // Drifting Toward the Crescent (working title) by Laura Stewart // For the Records by Anuradha Rana & Doris Rusch // Kentucky Fried High by Robert Carnilius // Muslimahs in the City by Fahima Mohamood // Natural Life, Interactive Online Archive by Tirtza Even // Sex Offender Laws Impact Youth by Jo Anne Smith // The Forum by Benjamin Jaffe // The Half-Life of War by Kyle Henry/Northwestern University // The Schools Project by Bob Hercules/Media Process Educational Films // Uptown, 2084 by Drew Dir/Manual Cinema

Click here for project synopsis and panelist bios.  

All projects are scheduled for completion and online viewing by May 15, 2015 

Applications for the 2015 grant will be accepted beginning in January 2015. 



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