MWFF, Chicago Improv co-present Comedic Shorts Night

THE MIDWEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL’S annual Comedic Shorts night April 2 is doing something different this year by co-presenting with the Chicago Improv Festival.  MWFF’s presents its section of the 16-film fest with scripted shorts and the Improv follows with its improvised films. All are shown here for the first time.   

Here’s the MWFF’s lineup: From  Todd Sklar and Brock Williams’s 92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card; Cutters’ Michael Lippert’s An Audition Nightmare; Jeff Hadick’s Hot Doctor featuring Tim Robinson of SNL.

Ron Lazzeretti’s Graveyard featuring David Pasquesi and Christian Stolte, Larry Ziegelman’s Little Man of Steel; Gustavo Martin and Rod Grable’s Dirty Laundry; Terry Jun, Colin Costello and Harry Bauer’s Fade In; Alex Beh’s Coffees and Owen Weber’s Rise of the Fist, two “super-shorts” on parenting by Steve Delahoyde.David Pasquesi and Christopher Slater in "Graveyard"

From the Comedy Improv Festival: Ted Tremper’s improvised pilot, Shrink, featuring Tim Baltz, TJ Jagodowski, Sue Gillan, and Mick Napier; Facetime Improv featuring Susan Messing; Zephian Michaels and John Reynolds’s Dadz; Kyle Bethea’s Kat and Willy; Jason Donovan’s My Plan to Kill My Roommate Greg, and Maggie Goodman Is...

Doors at 6 p.m., producers panel at 6:30, screening at 7:30, at Landmark Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St. After party at Avenue Tavern, 2916 N. Broadway.

JOE LOSURDO’S PUNK MUSICAL Sacrificial Youth has its world premiere in the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival on April 19. Rob Bakker stars as a suburban teen skateboard punk rocker fighting an evil corporation that’s turning all his friends into sellouts. 

Sacrificial YouthWith Sam Porter, Kate Lane, Mike O’Connell, Taylor Armstrong, John Kopanski, Dante Reyes, Larry Gutkin, Dave Murphy, Derek Hicks, Venus Zarris, Christina Tillman, and Brandi

Losurdo wrote the score, which features Nora O’Connor, Bobby Conn, and members of Tutu & The Pirates, Strike Under, Mentally Ill, Life Sentence, Rights of the Accused, Regress, Negative Element, Cursive, Cattivo, Regal Standard, and the Goblins. 

BILL SIEGEL, co-director/producer of the The Weather Underground doc, premieres his Kartemquin Films-produced documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali screens April 26-27 in the Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s about the heavyweight champion boxer and antiwar activist’s “path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace”

TRAP DOOR THEATRE company member David A. Holcombe of Soft Cage Films wrapped principal photography on his debut feature, Yellow. Holcombe describes it as “a modern Giallo horror film that tells the story of a lonely young woman who begins an unlikely relationship with dire consequences.”

Featured are fellow Trap Door company members Antonio Brunetti, Carl Wisniewksi, and Michael Doonan, as well as Anya Clingman, Casey Chapman, HB Ward, Derek Ryan, and Sam Quinn

DIRECTOR/ACTOR TONY DEGUIDE’S The Voices From Beyond, featuring Mickey Rooney, is nominated for best independent feature and best director at the Bare Bones International Film Festival, April 4-14 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 

DeGuide, of Chicago Motion Picture Studios and Windy City Talent, stars as a Chicago police detective facing a brutality investigation and a succession of hauntings.  With DeGuide regulars (and management clients) Joe Estevez, Robert Z’Dar, Fred Williamson, and Linnea Quigley, as well as Jan Rooney.

WRITER/DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER NOLENS drama The Good Life, produced by Mark Harris of 1555 Filmworks and starring Tangi Miller, Christian Keyes, and Maya Gilbert, has its international premiere April 11 at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto.