New projects, premieres, fests start fall film season

ATTORNEY JOSEPH KLEST is developing the documentary The Whole Truth, to advance the argument that clergy sexual abuse of children is prevalent across religions and not limited to Catholicism.

“The media’s hyper-focus on the Catholic Church creates a dangerous lapse-of-attention to abuse occurring regularly in other organizations and throughout society,” Klest says.

Klest has represented a number of sexual abuse victims, and is a coauthor of the 2003 Illinois Child Protection Act.

He’s also executive producer of Scott Prestin and Marc Menet’s documentary John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster, and an associate producer of Daisy von Scherier Mayer’s feature Some Girls, featuring Adam Brody and Kristen Bell and written by Neil Labute.

THE INSPECTRES, a ghostly thriller feature from Reactor 88 Studios, premieres Sept. 5 at 8:00 p.m. at the Musico theatres, preceded by a 6 p.m. preparty and followed by Q&A, and screens through Sept. 8. Daren Orange directed, Jeff Dohm wrote the screenplay and Lucas Thompson stars. 

The idea of InSpectres was reated by role play game designer Jerod Sorrenson and brought to life by game writer Dohm for the movie script.  Labeled “a 21st Century ghost story,” the InSpectres are the only exterminators capable of eliminating supernatural nuisances.

THE 25th ONION CITY EXPERIMENTAL FILM and Video Festival, Sept. 5-8, offers 62 shorts and two features from 14 countries and many films from local artists.  Opening night 8 p.m. at the Gene Siskel Film Center presents new films by collage animator Lawrence Jordan and Ben Rivers, and Phil Solomon’s reworking of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton footage.

Onion City continues Sept. 6-7 at Columbia College, and closes Sept. 8 with James Benning’s Nightfall at and a preview screening of local critic Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, at the Music Box Theatre.

The festival is presented by Chicago Filmmakers.

GERARD JAMROZ hosts a concert/fundraiser for his in-progress music film The Cockups, with the title band performing a set to be featured in the movie, along with sets by The Personal Devices and Lutz.  It’s Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. at The Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.

HATBOXES, A SHORT FILM with both lesbian and Jewish themes, has its Chicago premiere at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival Sept. 15.  Shot last summer in the Andersonville neighborhood, Susana Darwin wrote and directed and Etta Worthington’s Fernwork Productions produced.

Starring Robyn Okrant, as an orthodox Jewish woman and mother and Kat O’Connor as a Jewish lesbian lawyer quite disconnected from her heritage.  With Fawzia Mirza, Tom Hickey, and Maya Boudreau.

At Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 11:30 a.m. Purchase tickets, $10, through the festival website.

C.K. OLSEN’S FILM of Ann Reinking and Thodos Dance Chicago’s ballet A Light in the Dark, and Olsen’s behind-the-scenes film on the ballet, Shine, premiere on Ch. 11, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

BROCK RIEBE of Filmisart Productions is shooting the gay thriller Incall, about two young men who become serial killers for profit. Riebe stars with Kevin Baylor and Bernadette LordsSteven Deibert is executive producer.

THE PATIO THEATRE is the new home of repertory series Northwest Chicago Film Society, launching Its first full season there Sept. 4, with Ernst Lubitsch’s One Hour With You, Terrence Malick’s Day of Heaven Sept. 11, Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage Oct. 2, and a 50th anniversary screening of Philip Kaufman’s Chicago-shot debut Goldstein Oct. 4. At 6008 W. Irving Park Blvd.

KY DICKENS’S DOCUMENTARY Sole Survivor, about people who were the only ones to live through fatal plane crashes, has its Chicago premiere Sept. 21 and 26 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Dickens, who made the documentary Fish Out of Water about biblical interpretations of homosexuality, was inspired to make Sole Survivor in part by a terrible car crash she survived in her youth.  CNN Films acquired Sole Survivor as part of its recent move into long form documentary.

SATOKI NAGATA, who specializes in black and white street photography, is filming the experimental documentary .7 m The Magnificent Miles, a portrait of West Side residents, through next summer.  Music is by Laurent Levesque.

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