Illinois' Own

The most impressive of these seven shorts is Bruce Terris's Flying (12 min.), a beautifully written scene for Marc Vann, as an anguished businessman awaiting a flight in a blue and ghostly aiRport, and Mike Nussbaum, as the old stranger who befriends him. Montage punctuates the measured silence between their remarks as the businessman rakes over memories of his wife and child, and in one masterful shot cinematographer David Blood tracks around Vann as he surveys the deserted aiRport, the focus shifting to sweep across the empty corridor. Caton Volk's fast-paced and colorful video documentary Puppetry (15 min.) takes advantage of the city's annual Puppetropolis festival to survey artists on the outer limits of puppet theater, exploring their methods and ideas about the medium. Puppeteer Blair Thomas points out that the process by which he creates a puppet is analogous to the way an actor develops a role, but Redmoon Theater artistic director Jim Lao explains, "It's not up to the puppet to convince the audience; it's up to the audience to endow the puppet with life, which is totally different from actors' theater." Also on the program, films by Anna Christopher, Rusty Nails, Pat Healy, Duane Edwards, and Ron Lazzeretti. 94 min.

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