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AngelCiti Chicago 2001 Film Festival

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The AngelCiti Chicago 2001 Film Festival, a touring festival of independent film and video, runs Wednesday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 27, at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $10; for more information call 323-466-9870.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

Smack

Vaughan Verdi directed this 87-minute drama about a drug dealer. On the same program, Tiffany Piperno's Blank Canvas (24 min.), about an abstract artist suffering from color blindness. (6:00)

The Rest of Your Life

Northwestern alumni Chris Wieland and Hans Noel collaborated on this 96-minute drama about a young man whose girlfriend gives him a weekend to decide whether he's going to marry her. On the same program, shorts by Sarah Faragalla and Michael Miley. (8:00)

Underestimating Jake

The arrogant wife of a wealthy record producer, stranded on a desert highway when her car breaks down, becomes fascinated with the gruff tow-truck driver who comes to get her. Sam Taybi directed this 73-minute feature. On the same program, short works by Brenda Pickleman and Bryan Albright. (10:00)

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Going Corporate

This independent "mockumentary" (2000, 99 min.) by Kevin Carr of Columbus, Ohio, has more to say about the form--like how tempting it must be for lazy writers and performers--than about corporate takeovers. Improvised by its cast with varying degrees of skill, it generates much of its lame humor by crosscutting sound bites (or, during one conference call, juxtaposing them with a split screen), and the characters' behavior in the presence of a camera isn't very convincing. Reportedly this has been used as a teaching aid at a Michigan business school, but I can't imagine what lesson students might glean from it. (JR) On the same program, shorts by Marisa Katz and Willy Laszlo. (6:00)

Nice Guys Sleep Alone

An English teacher who's sick of the dating game falls for a veterinarian who's just left her two-timing boyfriend in this romantic comedy (1999, 92 min.) shot on location in Louisville. Stu Pollard directed. On the same program, shorts by Willy Laszlo and Steven Goldmann. (8:00)

The Yoofo Club

A small-town bar owner awaits the return of the UFO that kidnapped his wife a decade before in this 2000 feature by James Serpento. 124 min. (10:00)

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