A TRIO OF SHORTS by local filmmakers will screen Sunday, Oct. 16, centered around the premiere of “Song for Pluto,” an 8-minute short by filmmaker/screenwriter Richard Cohen of Three Color Productions, at an intimate new venue in Bucktown.
The other two comedy shorts are Boris Wexler and Paul Peditto’s “The Group” and Brad DeMarea’s “An Evening with Emery Long.”
Cohen describes 7-minute “Song for Pluto” as “an experimental short, silent film about love and loss set against the orchestral music of Arvo Part. It is a subjective, non-linear told story about a man’s moment of bliss in finding love and familyand the anguish and questions with which he struggles.”
Cohen has written feature-length and short film screenplays and is currently in development with a new short film, “Cicero in Winter,” which he is expanding into a feature film.
“The Group” is a 19-minute mockumentary that follows the meetings of a group of aspiring screenwriters striving to learn the trade that’s based on a long-running screenwriting class taught by Paul Peditto and held on Saturdays in his Logan Square home.
“It was such an interesting assembly of people, each of whom had their own reasons for writing – they had something to say, or to make a film, or to write creatively – that we felt it would interesting to replicate the group on film,” says filmmaker Wexler, who wrote and produced it with Peditto.
Directed by Wexler and shot by Fred Miller it stars Usman Ally, Kate Bergeron, Charles Harris, Kymberly Harris, Howie Johnson, Aaron J. Meier as the writers and Whit Spurgeon as the screenwriting instructor.
Brad DeMarea wrote/directed and Laura Szymber produced “An Evening with Emery Long,” about the first date of Emery Long, an industrial carpet salesman, who plans the perfect evening with the company receptionist but soon realizes the evening may not turn out as imagined.
It stars Joel Spence, Sue Gillan and Danny McCarthy. Cinematography by Scott Thiele; editor, Brian Kallies; original music by Brando Triantafillou.
DeMarea began writing and directing after a 10-year career as an award-winning designer. Besides short films, he is a busy commercial director for advertisers including the Chicago White Sox, Office Max, Yum!Brands and Bank of America.
At the year-old Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Showtimes are 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets: $10 prepaid, $5 for actors who bring their headshot/resume, and $15 at the door. Drinks, snacks and music are available.