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First Chicago "ALT" Festival Set to Open with "Poker", Closing With "Red&qu

First Chicago "ALT" Festival Set to Open with "Poker", Closing With "Red&qu

First Chicago "ALT" Festival Set to Open with "Poker",
Closing With "Red" -- Both World Premieres

by Mark Rabinowitz

The Chicago ALT.film Festival is set to kick off its debut fest with a
lineup that features 3 world premieres and 8 Chicago premieres out of
its 14 feature-length films, screening from June 10-14. The festival has
also programmed 14 short films, including 2 world premieres and 12
Chicago premieres. The opening night film is the world premiere of
first-time writer/director Jeff Santo’s feature film “Liar’s Poker.” The
film stars Richard Tyson (“Kindergarten Cop“) and Flea (“The Chase,”
bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers), among others. Opening night will
also feature the Chicago premiere of Chris Tashima’s recent Oscar
winning short, “Visas and Virtue,” which is also screening at the
upcoming Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York. The
other world premiere features in the festival are Edward Holub’s “Night
Runs Red
” and Gary Ellenberg’s “Ted.”

Closing the fest on June 14th is Holub’s “Night Runs Red,” to be
followed by an awards party at Planet Hollywood. Ellenberg’s “Ted” stars
Andy Dick (TV’s “News Radio“), Edie McClurg (“Ferris Bueller’s Day
“), Jeff Corey, Megan Cavanaugh, and Richard Fancy. Some of the Chi
Town premieres include James Becket’s “The Best Revenge“, with Brazilian
Star Carlos Riccelli and Robert Pine (Sgt. Getraer on TV’s “CHiPs“);
festival fave Mark Schiffer’s “Strong Island Boys” (Hamptons and Ft.
Lauderdale International Film Festivals), and Terry Keefe and Michael
Wechsler’s “Slaves of Hollywood.” Also screening is Chicago native Scott
Dikkers’ “Spaceman” which took home the audience award at the Austin
Film Festival.

Three documentaries were selected to screen as special screenings,
including 1998 Slamdance best doc winner “Goreville, USA” by Seth
Henrikson and David Sarno — a look at Goreville, Illinois, a town with a
growing militia movement where everyone in town is required to own a
gun; Wendy Green’s “So You Wanna Be A Cowboy” and Brent Sims’ digitally
shot “Gutter Punks.” Chicago short film premieres include Bertha Bay-Sa
Pan’s “Face,” winner of the Directors Guild of America award for Best
Asian American Student Filmmaker and the Polo Ralph Lauren Award for
best screenplay and Caryn West’s “Here Dies Another Day,” (also shot on
digital betacam) starring Oscar nominee and Tony award winner John
Randolph (“Prizzi’s Honor,” “Broadway Bound“).

[For ticket orders and information, call 773/525-4599, or check out the
festival’s web site at:

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