Care to Laugh (USA, 77 Min) Opening Event, Midwest Premiere
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Care to Laugh (USA, 77 Min) Opening Event, Midwest Premiere

AARP Studios presents Care to Laugh a feature length documentary following Jesus Trejo, a rising star in the comedy world who is pursuing his dream of becoming a successful comedian while caring for his aging parents. 

Jesus' world changed when his mother Adelaida, underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. While most aspiring comedians build their careers on the road, Jesus juggles his responsibilities at home in Long Beach with open mics and auditions in the Los Angeles area, often driving more than two hours each way daily. As the pressure of his budding career mounts the family receives more devastating news, Jesus’ father Antonio, is diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. 

As an only child, Jesus becomes his parents’ sole caregiver. Transforming adversity into comedy, Jesus uses his life experience as material for his routine. He continues to reach for his dream while also taking over his father’s landscaping business to keep the family afloat. When his set catches the eye of producers at The Late Late Show with James Corden Jesus may have scored the big break he’s been banking on. 

Born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., Jesus was recently named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch 2017. A regular at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Trejo often appears on Comedy Central’s ROAST BATTLE, and can be seen on ADAM DEVINE'S HOUSE PARTY, Season 2 of STAND UP & DELIVER (Nuvo TV), UPROARIOUS (Fuse), and as a recurring cast member on TBS’s sitcom SULLIVAN & SON. Jesus was selected to be a NEW FACE comedian in 2016 for the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. 

For fans of Uproarious and I Am Comic

For fans of Uproarious and I Am Comic

Special live stand up show by Jesus Trejos at 7:20pm following the screening.


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Bernadette (Chicago, 98 Min) Chicago Premiere
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Bernadette (Chicago, 98 Min) Chicago Premiere

1994 was the perfect summer… for heartache. At 15, Archie Kinsler has an impossible goal: to win the heart of Bernadette, an older French foreign exchange student and lifeguard, before she returns home at the end of the season. To gain her affection, Archie enlists the help of his park district boss, Dixon, a cad who also happens to be his mom’s boyfriend. Under Dixon’s tutelage, Archie and his friends learn about love, adulthood, and the things that books can’t teach.

For fans of Adventureland and Superbad


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Therapy Sessions Shorts Program
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Therapy Sessions Shorts Program

Art of Motivation (United States, 24 min)

A motivational speaker, a life coach, and newly recruited relationship expert look to become an agency’s next big thing. If they weren’t constantly undermining each other, they might even have a chance.

For fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and 30 Rock

Doucheaholics: Melody & Madison (United States, 11 Min)

Melody and Madison, a pair of entitled, texting-obsessed “predouchelescents,” find themselves at what they think is detention, but is actually a support group for people who exhibit bad behavior. Hostility gives way to camaraderie as the girls rattle off their social media-inflected grievances.

For fans of Mean Girls and Ingrid Goes West

Missing Lefty / Lefty Me Manque (United States, 4 min)

The existential story of Righty, a lonely right hand, who mourns the unexplained absence of his other half: Lefty. With whom will he play rock, paper, scissors? This wry parody of French New Wave films, shot in black and white, ponders the question: who is right when no one is left?

The Rick and Stanley Show (United States, 7 min)

Rick and Stanley, a wannabe player and an older British man, are best friends. For no apparent reason. Driving around LA in a beat-up car, they muse over potato guns, Kenny G, and optimal sex positions. All the important stuff.

For fans of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Little Hope (United States, 37 Min)

Upon being released from prison, hapless white-collar criminal Terry grudgingly moves back in with his parents and takes a job leading a church self-help group. Surrounded by people with serious issues of their own and lacking the skills to assist them, Terry comes to realize how much help he could use himself.

For fans of Shrink and Short Term 12


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Two Cents Worth Shorts Program
Nov
10
11:30 AM11:30

Two Cents Worth Shorts Program

Dingus Wishes (Chicago, 8 min)

Every year, the Wish Gremlin of Dingus Town (née Lakeshore Falls) grants the wish of the town’s youngest resident, which has resulted in everything from talking horses to giant stuffed penguins. Hoping for more socially useful outcomes, the mayor decides to hold a vote, but will the community be able to agree on a wish that isn’t idiotic?

For fans of The Princess Bride and Shrek

Free Advice with Adam Chernick (United States, 4 min)

Produced by Soul Pancake

In this episode of the popular web series, precocious 11-year-old “free advice expert” Adam Chernick teaches us how to have more empathy for other people by visiting… parking enforcement, of course! As he says, “If I walk away having sympathy for them, I can have sympathy for almost anyone!”

For fans of Billy on the Street and Conan O’Brien’s “remote” segments

Greenport (United States, 26 Min)

A struggling Hollywood director’s career is thrown into disarray when he is summoned to Greenport, New York to help his elderly parents. Balancing family obligations, including his autistic son about whom he’s developing a film, with PR fiascos and an assortment of other hindrances, one seemingly small trip quickly becomes the impetus for calamity.

For fans of Extras and Arrested Development

The Deadbeat (Chicago, 16 min)

After the sudden apparent suicide of her pet hamster, young Dottie convinces her moody nihilist brother Ned to take her to a fortune teller who claims he can raise pets from the dead. The (possibly) crackpot mystic, played by the hilarious George Wendt, prompts Ned to wonder if it’s the hamster who needs resurrecting, or himself.

For fans of Ghostbusters and The Twilight Zone

WILLIAM FLUGLE’S TRAVEL ADVENTURES WITH WILLIAM FLUGLE (Chicago, 22 min)

Join clueless, self-important host William Flugle as he blunders through the historic sites of Portugal, leaving confused and insulted foreigners in his wake. Let this uproarious parody of travel shows serve as a useful primer for what NOT to do abroad.

For fans of An Idiot Abroad and Rick Steves’ Europe

Other People’s Children (Chicago, 16 min)

Margot Antler dreams of becoming a renowned novelist with a three-book deal and a summer home in Ghent. Reality check: she’s a rookie second-grade teacher about to experience the insanity of parent teacher conferences for the first time! It doesn’t take long before she realizes it’s not her students who have problems – it’s their parents.

For fans of The Office and Parks and Recreation


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Champions Shorts Program
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Champions Shorts Program

Leading Man (United States, 8 min)

Robert and Mickey are two middle-aged guys trying to get “back in the game” at a singles party. Only problem? Whenever a woman introduces herself, one of the guys involuntarily transforms into a popular character from a movie featuring her namesake.

For fans of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Zelig

Aguila del Sol: Contra Los Tres Malvados (United States, 16 min)

In this tights-donning, butt-kicking crime yarn, a perpetually masked luchador travels to Chicago to rescue a family friend from a cabal of criminals.

For fans of Nacho Libre and Black Dynamite

Remember Me? (Chicago, 2 min)

With his life savings in a crumpled envelope, a vengeful introvert brokers a deal to confront a childhood figure who wronged him.

For fans of Goodfellas and Elf

THE OLD-MEN / SUPER-VIEILLOT (France, 18 min)

Now in their 70s, Captain Justice and his team of superheroes have become superannuated, living as pensioners in the city of Cosmopolis. When an old foe they thought they vanquished some 30 years ago returns, the old gang gets out the capes and masks to prove that titanium hips and bad backs won’t get in the way of saving the day!

For fans of The Incredibles and Going in Style

DJ and Jake: World’s Greatest Improv Suggestion Givers (United States, 2 min)

Meet DJ and Jake, masters of supplying outlandish suggestions at improv shows. Don’t count on them to throw out “passive” suggestions like Starbucks – they’re here to challenge the performers. But mostly piss them off.

For fans of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind

VC: The Web Series – Season 2 (Chicago, 6 min)

Two determined venture capitalists encounter humorous obstacles as they hunt for the next billion-dollar idea. There is more pain than gain as their investments in self-driving cars and coffin apps go awry.

For fans of Community and Silicon Valley

Champions (Chicago, 17 min)

Despite his flights of whimsy involving President Obama, mermaids, and psychotropic coleslaw, an eccentric dope tries to prove to his live-in girlfriend that he’s got his act together. This antic comedy will ensure you never look at spaghetti, or Wilford Brimley, the same way again.

For fans of Portlandia and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The Spadina House (Canada, 2 Min)

A mysterious family with superpowers inhabits the historic Spadina House. But it isn't until we meet the patriarch of the family, that a dark secret is revealed...

For fans of The Addams Family and Mrs. Pettigrew’s Home for Peculiar Children


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Women of the Wild Shorts Program
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Women of the Wild Shorts Program

The Dangers of Online Dating (Canada, 5 min)

Paula, a sexual health nurse, runs into trouble when the French man she’s dating refuses to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, forcing her to come up with her own disastrous plan of action.

For fans of New Girl and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

For Muriel (United States, 14 min)

Septuagenarians Elaine and Helen, along with their younger friend Jenn, plot to rob a bank. Envisioning their robbery in the styles of three different movies, the women will put their profound lack of criminal experience aside in order to get the deed done.

For fans of Point Break and Barry

#metoo gumshoe (United States, 6 min)

What do you do if you’re a film noir in #metoo-era 2018? A woman solicits the help of a gumshoe, but both are comically thwarted by the genre’s sexist gender politics in this snappy, subversive send-up.

For fans of The Big Sleep and Airplane!

Barriers (United States, 6 min)

She’s not a delivery woman, but that doesn’t stop her Russian neighbors from calling her to order Chinese food. When she decides to bring them their dinner, anyway, Sara will realize what she’s been missing.

For fans of Broken Flowers and Junebug

Dicky & Flo (Chicago, 8 Min)

Flo (Julia Sweeney) is a sweet old taxidermist living in the Chicago neighborhood Albany Park. She has a penchant for talking to corpses such as her stuffed dog and hamster – and her husband, Dicky, whose lifeless body she wheels happily about town.

For fans of Up and Weekend at Bernie’s

Terrible Tale of Henrietta Tate (United Kingdom, 15 Min)

As she travels by train to advertise a soft drink, Bubble Girl, a hot-pink corporate mascot with amnesia, is framed for theft. Thrown into the prisoner’s car with the drink’s inventor, a magical chain of events unfolds to reveal her true identity.

For fans of Amélie and The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Birds Sing Too Loud (United States, 16 Min)

In an effort to reconnect, Mitch invites his two bitter, crotchety aunts (Jane Lynch and Kate Mulgrew) for a visit to his lavish home in the Hollywood hills. Subjected to their endless complaining, it doesn’t take long before he massively regrets his decision.

For fans of Grandma, Jane Lynch on Glee, and Kate Mulgrew on Orange is the New Black


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After Party at Broken Shaker (Freehand Hotel, Official Hotel Partner)
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

After Party at Broken Shaker (Freehand Hotel, Official Hotel Partner)

Network and relax at the Official Chicago Comedy Film Fest After Party Event on Saturday November 10th. Creative craft cocktails made with interesting ingredients & diverse eats in a hip space at Broken Shaker. Superb options for the non drinker at Broken Shaker too. Try this mocktail: honey, lemon, coconut La Croix, served over ice. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan food options. You are covered!

Broken Shaker is located at the Freehand Hotel, official hotel partner of Chicago Comedy Film Fest!

After party for artist pass and weekend pass holders only.

Passes = 15% off food and beverage, free appetizers

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I Think There's Been Some Confusion Shorts Program
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

I Think There's Been Some Confusion Shorts Program

First Born (Chicago, 3 min)

Two former college buddies make an outsize bet on a keg-stand challenge. One of them is very serious about the stakes, the other is not. What could go wrong?

For fans of Old School and The Hangover

ONE-ARMED RABBIT (United States, 7 min)

When a fighter pilot awakens in the desert with no memory of how she got there, a furry hallucination provides her unexpected company.

For fans of Kung Pow! Enter the Fist and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Petnap (United States, 16 min)

A little stoned and in need of cash, a trio of lackadaisical schemers become caterers for an E-list Hollywood celeb – and decide to kidnap his dog for ransom.

For fans of Entourage and Pineapple Express

Leitmotif (United States, 9 Min)

His GPS keeps telling him to go in circles. Pharrell’s “Happy” never ends. Nobody can seem to get off their phones, and his is actively egging him on. Is John going crazy, or is this just 21st-century life for an apathetic corporate drudge?

For fans of Brazil and The Double

BAIT (United States, 8 min)

When a slacker takes a bacon hamburger dangling from the sky, he finds himself in front of an alien tribunal – and possibly with the fate of humanity in his greasy hands.

For fans of The Big Lebowski and Bruce Almighty

The Parking Spot (United States, 16 Min)

Peter thinks he’s finally found a parking spot – unfortunately for him, it belongs to a local mobster. Will the two parties be able to find common ground in time for lasagna dinner?

For fans of Married to the Mob and My Cousin Vinny

NIGHT CROSSER / SANG PAPIER (Canada, 8 min)

It’s not easy crossing into a new country when you’re a Transylvanian vampire, a hard fact Mr. Constantinescu learns when he gets detained by two bemused customs officers while attempting to enter Canada.

For fans of Only Lovers Left Alive and What We Do in the Shadows

Only a Movie! (United States, 17 Min)

Ted E. Johnson can’t figure out why his life seems so repetitive and familiar. Then he realizes he’s actually stuck in a terrible movie, and he’s been cast as the lead character. Upon finding out that the film will end with his demise, he decides to go off-script and rewrite his own narrative.

For fans of Stranger Than Fiction and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


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Swipe Left Shorts Program
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Swipe Left Shorts Program

The Most Important Thing (Chicago, 4 min)

While buying an engagement ring, a man’s marriage proposal ideas are criticized by the overly “helpful” jewelry store saleswomen, causing him to abruptly make a change of plans that could jeopardize his relationship. Starring SNL alum Julia Sweeney, this twisted love story takes a hammer to the commercialized ritual of proposal.

For fans of There’s Something About Mary and The Lobster

Shakespeare’s Pitch Meeting (United States, 5 min)

A boorish William Shakespeare finds his salacious story pitches met with resistance from a modern day Hollywood producer.

For fans of Shakespeare in Love and Midnight in Paris

Small & Unique (United States, 5 min)

An encounter at a park bench and a tussle over a party spread take unpredictable turns in these two delectably deadpan sketches.

For fans of Louie and Broad City

The Middle of Nowhere (United States, 20 min)

In a dinky town in the middle of nowhere, a downtrodden nerd hopelessly pines after his love, Rebecca. To earn her affection, he and his goofball friend set out to find riches buried by a local murderer. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues in this quirky animated romp.

For fans of Beavis and Butt-Head and Bob’s Burgers


Under the Covers (United States, 5 Min)

Deeply confused when he wakes up one morning in bed with another man, Thomas begins a journey that finds him dealing with more questions than answers.

For fans of Doll and Em

Over the Hill (United States, 12 Min)

A middle-aged couple moves to the San Fernando Valley and discovers at a neighbor’s party that not everything there is as it seems.

For fans of Modern Family and The Comeback

Uber Ex (United States, 16 min)

Kate and David are out on what feels like a significant date early in their relationship, but when their Uber driver turns out to be Kate’s old flame, their bond is tested.

For fans of Master of None and Love


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Olympia (Chicago, 92 Min)
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Olympia (Chicago, 92 Min)

Struggling Chicago artist Olympia has a lot going on in her life: while trying to earn a living doing what she loves, she’s also coming to terms with the fact that her mother is dying. If things weren’t difficult enough, her boyfriend, Felix, breaks the news to her that his company is moving to California. Featuring splashes of animation that bring Olympia’s illustrations, and inner-thoughts, to life, this bittersweet romantic comedy is a perceptive portrait of loss and new beginnings.

For fans of Waiting to Exhale and Insecure


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