The Iran Job screens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at the Gene Siskel Film Center on 164 N. State Street. For more information, visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
Remember room 237 from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining? Well, since the film’s release in 1980, devotees of the movie have emerged who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages as documented in Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 which fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars. The documentary opens on Friday, April 5 at The Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For show times, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
On Tuesday, April 2, improvised comedies from the Chicago Improv Festival and the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s annual comedic shorts screen at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema on 2828 N. Clark Street.
The evening features the world premiere of Jeff Hadick’s Hot Doctor starring Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Robinson along with the Chicago premieres of Graveyard, ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card from Todd Sklar and Brock Williams and An Audition Nightmare directed by Michael Lippert of Cutters.
Festival premieres showcasing improv work include Kyle Bethea’s Kat and Willy starring Chicago improvisers Nate Varrone and Amy Speckien; Facetime Improv starring Susan Messing; Dadz by Zephian Michaels and John Reynolds; Ted Tremper’s Shrink, an improvised pilot starring Second City‘s Tim Baltz; and two shorts from Chicago filmmaker Steve Delahoyde.
Additional comedies premiering at the festival are Larry Ziegelman’s Little Man of Steel; Owen Weber’s Rock, Paper, Scissors: Rise of the Fist; Jason Donovan’s My Plan to Kill My Roommate Greg; Coffees directed by and starring Chicago native Alex Beh; Fade In from filmmakers Terry Jun, Colin Costello and Harry Bauer; and Dirty Laundry by Gustavo Martin and Rod Grable, produced at Columbia College Chicago as part of its thesis program The Advanced Practicum.
“Checking out Dirty Laundry supports filmmakers who claim Chicago as their filmmaking base,” notes Martin. “But most of all, people should see it because at every screening we’ve had, there’s been a gasp-out-loud moment. We won’t reveal anything. You’ll have to check it out for yourself!”
For more information, visit www.midwestfilm.com.