Short films from the Gene Siskel Film Center's biennial indie-comedy competition. Australian filmmaker Anny Slater received an honorable mention for The Ball (2003), which spoofs Jane Campion's The Piano and also gets in a few digs at Prime Minister John Howard. My favorite is Jared and Justin Varava's second-place winner The Fourth (2004), a deadpan account of three hapless relay runners trying to find a fourth teammate before a big competition. The top prize went to Scott Rice's The Adventures of Mad Matt (2003); more poignant than funny, it documents the home videos he shot for ten years with his brother as the title hero. Excerpts from another honorable mention winner, Philip Zlotorynski's full-length My Big Fat Independent Movie (2004), complete the program.