Apr 26, 2023
Sound of Silent Film Festival – Chicago
ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its 18th year, is a unique event featuring new short silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly-composed musical scores performed live.
The festival happens at the gorgeous Music Box Theater. Film synopses below.
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM
Music Box Theater
3733 N. Southport Ave.
$30 general, $15 student with ID
Total runtime: approximately 90 minutes.
Demons Before Breakfast by Lauren McCune
Lou feels isolated with only her inner demons to keep her company. As her feelings of solitude grow, so do the number of demons living in her house.
Music by Jonathan Russell
Death Parts Us: A Lovecraftian Horror by Anatasha Blakely and Jacob Sorling
Based loosely on a character from “Call of Cthuhlu”, “Death Parts Us” explores nostalgia’s relationship to grief. After losing his wife, Henry turns to an old power to bring her back, only to find that “when we mourn our losses, we also mourn ourselves” and that nostalgia comes at the sacrifice of sanity.
Music by Angelo Hart
Meet Cute by Shawn Patrick Tilling
Inspired by the silent films of the 1920s, Meet Cute tells the story of a fateful day between two people waiting for the bus.
Music by Rob Steel
Frames by Farhad Pakdel
A smart city tracks and analyzes a woman walking through the city. Things she does are interpreted and logged by the city system, but are they drawing an accurate picture of the woman?
Music by Trevor Patricia Watkin
Kiss ‘n’ Ride by Olivia Jensen
On her way home from a lovely cafe date, a woman finds reminders of her date in every little thing, prompting her to fall in love with the Chicago winter night around her and dream of the date ending differently.
Music by Carl LaMark
Promenade Sentimentale by Nicolas Danoviz
The tragic story of a boy trying to make his dad proud.
Music by Eliya Gwetta
Foil by Anthony Schubert
In New York City, a single man encounters a woman made of aluminum foil.
Music by Seth Boustead
In the Habit of Hiding by Winnie Cheung
As female artists, chasing the idea of perfection often stifles our ability to react instinctively. We make excuses and manipulate ourselves into believing that we’re not capable.
We want to show how torturous it is to obsessively pursue the unbelievably high standards that we often set for ourselves
“In the Habit of Hiding” is the inner dialogue of self sabotage that feels like a slow, endless climb through a tub of molasses.
Music by Paul Scherer
Mittens by Justin Johnson
Mittens is the heartfelt journey of a pair of red mittens, created by grandmother and gifted to granddaughter.
Music by Tatev Amiryan
Death by Omelet by Greg Emetaz
When a woman’s suspicions of infidelity are confirmed, she makes her husband a killer omelette…
Music by Victoria Malawey
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