Locally-made features by Carl Seaton, Joe Swanberg and Tom Gustafson, a feature doc about an underground rocker, and 10 shorts shine in the Spotlight Illinois section of the 44th Chicago International Film Festival.
The 14 locally-made films screen on different days throughout the festival, now through Oct. 29, at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois.
Executive producer Robert Townsend stars in “Of Boys and Men,” the third feature by Columbia alum Seaton (“One Week”), shot on a reported $650,000 budget.
Townsend plays a widower trying to hold his family together after the death of his wife (Angela Bassett). Script is by Michelle Amor. Pemon Rami produced.
“Of Boys and Men” premiered in February at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. It screens in CIFF Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 7:20 p.m.