Studio 22 Shorts Night | Chicago Reader

Studio 22 Shorts Night

Three shorts made over the past eight years by students in Studio 22, the extracurricular film club at Northwestern University. They're technically accomplished—shot on 16-millimeter and transferred to video—but the writing varies. The main attraction is Lionel on His Sun Day (1997, 25 min.) by Zach Braff, who has since made good as a TV actor (Scrubs) and feature film director (the brilliant Garden State). With a queasy humor reminiscent of Brazil and Eraserhead, he tracks his title character, a greasy dweeb in Coke-bottle glasses, as he ascends a grimy tenement staircase and encounters bizarre characters at each landing. Leif Johnson's The Gary We Know and Love (1999, 19 min.) is a gently campy celebrity profile of a supermarket cashier, and Peter Galassi and Katie Motush's Buskin' (18 min.) is a weak exercise in indie-rock irony with impressive (and completely incongruous) wide-screen framing.

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