World Premieres, Chicago Filmmakers Highlight Onion City Experimental Film Festival April 4-7

Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the competition programs for the 34th edition of the Onion City Experimental Film Festival, which will take place Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7 at Chicago Filmmakers’ Firehouse Cinema in Edgewater, with select special events taking place at Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.) and Public Works Gallery (2141 W. North Ave.) Competition Programs will also be available to view online from Monday, April 8 to Sunday, April 14.

Featuring an engaging array of beautiful, timely, and formidable works that transcend borders, from Chicago and beyond, Onion City continues to be devoted to the world of avant-garde film and video. Countries represented in this year’s program include Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, the United States and the United Kingdom.

“One year can really change a lot in terms of social and environmental issues, and technological development. We are seeing filmmakers’ keen responses to current affairs, navigating the post-Roe vs. Wade era, vocalizing collective memories of a community, or addressing one’s rights and experiences in a climate not very kind to them. Technologically, the advent of accessible AI tools has opened up a valve for experimentation. We are seeing quite some innovative usage of AI imagery. We also try to highlight exemplary filmmakers from or making works about Chicago, its industrial past, its housing and immigration crises, and its deteriorating infrastructure,” Onion City Programmer Nicky Ni remarked on the significance and feel of this year’s programming.

The opening night presentation will take place on April 4 at 8:15pm at Gene Siskel Film Center, co-presented with Cine-File Chicago. We’ll be screening the rarely-shown UNE TOUTE NUIT by experimental film legend, Chantal Akerman.

The richness of the Chicago experimental film and video scene is on full display with the inclusion of local filmmakers Shawn Antoine II, Jose Luis Benavides, Chi Jang Yin, Tanner D Masseth, Raine Yung, Oona Taper, ben sonjira young, æryka jourdaine hollis o’neil, Charles Cadkin, Steve Reinke, and Deborah Stratman.

Of special note are the World Festival premieres of FOR THOSE THAT LIVED HERE (dir. Shawn Antoine II), SEBASTIAN_1 (dir. Alex Lo and Sebastian Smith), THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACOCK (dir. Daniel Baker-Wells), STRESS EATING TIME (dir. Michael Bucuzzo), IN THE INTERVAL (dir. æryka jourdaine hollis o’neil) , and PORTRAIT 001: SECURITY GUARD (dir. Tanner D. Masseth.)

The rest of this year’s competition line-up includes artists Lynne A. Sachs, Federica Foglia, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, Luis Grane, Ross Meckfessel, Adam Jason Cohen, Philip Thompson, Maxime Marinot, Joseph Wilcox, Fernandad Pessoa, Chica Barbosa, Chaerin Im, Zuza Banasinksa, Ruth Hayes, Jennifer Still, Christine Fellows, Chantel Mierau, Maria Anna Dewes, Myriam Thyes, Anna Kipervaser, Jordan Wong, Prapat Jiwarangsan,Per Bifrost, Alice Brygd, Camila De Lucas, Agustina Aranda, Laurentia Genske, and TT Takemoto.

For ticket purchases and more information about the festival, visit www.onioncityfilmfest.org.

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