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These are the films of the 2017
Naperville Independent Film Festival


Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.


6:00pm SEATING


All short films this block


Searching For Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel

Documentary Short

28 minutes

Searching for Lady Day is a short documentary exploring the history of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s prolific body of work, his relationship with the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, and his inspiration for the sculpture “Yes, For Lady Day”.

Geoffrey Bates, Director. Geoffrey Bates, Joshua E. Young, Writers. Geoffrey Bates, Joshua E. Young, Producers. Mark di Suvero, Key Cast. Charles H. Nolley, Excutive Producer. Nikki A. Daily, Associtate Producer. Joshua E. Young, Kim Pedersen, Editors.

Nominated for Best Documentary

Offical Trailer for Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel

We know that you have been waiting to see the official trailer that was supposed to drop last Wednesday, but we wanted to wait to see if we would get into the Naperville Independent Film Festival, first. As you all know, we were selected and nominated for Best Documentary. So now we are excited to share our official trailer for the film!

Posted by Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Operation: The Power of Play

Documentary Short

30 minutes

In 1964, John Spinello invented the iconic game Operation and sold the rights for $500. The game has since sold 45 million+ copies worldwide. In 2008, John went broke and discovered he needed surgery that he couldn't afford. Game inventors Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown launched a crowdfunding campaign calling on fans of Operation to help pay for John's surgery. Scores of doctors, nurses and surgeons wrote to tell how Operation inspired their careers in medicine. The film chronicles John learning that his game invention touched more people in more ways than he could ever have imagined.

Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown, Directors, Writers, Producers.

Nominated for Best Documentary

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Lunch Time

Narrative Short

16 minutes

A 16 year old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital - due to her young age - won't let her into the morgue.

Alireza Ghasemi, Filmmaker.

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Narrative Short

16 minutes

After a domestic violence call goes haywire and someone is shot, Officer Mike Banner fights to keep the victim alive, no matter what the cost.

Tanner Cusumano, Director. Adam Barnard, Writer. Beatrice Ho, Andrew Chennisi, Sean Light, Yusef Chabayta, Producers. Christopher Mychael Watson, Zacerous Jones, Chad Chambers, Buyi Mazibuko, Maynard Okereke, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Student Film

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8:15pm SEATING

Hey Blue Eyes

Narrative Short

10 minutes

Erin Breen (Silicon Valley, HBO; Chicago Fire, NBC) and Aubrey Marquez (Chicago Fire, NBC) star in this neo-noir thriller about a woman who, suspecting her husband of having an affair, gets more than she bargained for when she investigates the truth.

Daniel John Harris, Director and Writer. Joshua Schilling, Producer. Erin Breen, Aubrey Marquez, Joshua Gibbons, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short, Director

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The Happys

Narrative Feature

87 minutes

Twenty-one year old Tracy walks in on her boyfriend Mark having sex with a man and decides to leave him. As Tracy discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, she is a catalyst that forces those around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways.

Tom Gould, Director, Screenwriter. John Serpe, Director, Screenwriter. Dave O'Brien, Producer. Phillips Shun, Cinematographer. Brianna Gorton, Production Designer. Amanda Bauer, Jack DePew, Janeane Garafolo, Melissa McBride, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Feature

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The Past Inside The Present (R)


12 minutes

An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories. Composed of over 7000 frames of pen and charcoal meticulously drawn over the course of almost two years, The Past Inside the Present is a film which carries the weight of time - both in its subject matter and in the process by which it was made.

James Siewert, Director. James Siewert, Auden Lincoln Vogel, Annelyse Gelman, Animators. Chris Skotchdopole & Larry Fessenden, Producers.

Nominated for Best Animation

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All Films Shown at Hollywood Palms Cinema

Come see our films in the luxurious seats and whimsically decorated theatres of Hollywood Palms (map, directions).
Enjoy a drink beforehand and full food service during the show in big, comfy recliners.
The festival films are shown in one of the main floor theatres. The ECU films are shown in the upstairs theatre.
An usher will direct you to the proper theatre for your choice of seating.


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