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The film component of this multidisciplinary arts festival, now in its 12th year, runs Friday through Sunday, September 7 through 9, at Chicago Actors Studio, 1567 N. Milwaukee; at Idao Gallery, 1616 N. Damen; and at Right-on Futon, 1184 N. Milwaukee. Admission is free; for more information call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival's Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Short films and videos

A screening of festival entries, running about two and a half hours and including short works by Sabrina Lamb, Eric David Hamilton, and Nicolas Grandi. (Chicago Actors Studio, 5:30)

Films by Theodore Collatos

Two short films: Truth With Wine and Broken. (Idao Gallery, 7:00)

Curators' Choice

Mike Cramer and James Gustin curated this film and video program, featuring Michael Neitzel's The Wrath of the Dragon, Carl Wiedemann's Poke and TV, Pawel Grajnert's Be (in) tween, John Jung's April 10, 2001 and April 27, 2001, Usama Alshaibi's Crying, and Ronit Bezalel's Voices of Cabrini. About the last of these, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote, "Terse, informative, and convincing, Ronit Bezalel's half-hour video documents the eviction of longtime residents from Chicago's midcity ghetto due to what's euphemistically called 'city planning' (the city claims that these people will be able to move back into the area, but so far most of them haven't been able to find affordable housing). The story is basically told by the people being uprooted, and the feel for the neighborhood and its history is what leaves the strongest impression; Bezalel and her cinematographer, Antonio Ferrera, are especially good in handling the closing down of a barbershop." The artists will participate in a question-and-answer session after the screening. (Chicago Actors Studio, 8:00)

Sidewalk Cinema

Short films and videos, to be shown by rear-projection in a storefront window. (Right-On Futon, 8:30 to midnight)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Sidewalk Cinema

See listing for Friday, September 7. (Right-On Futon, 8:30 to midnight)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Sidewalk Cinema

See listing for Friday, September 7. (Right-On Futon, 8:30 to 11:00)

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