Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival to Honor 2014 Films on Dec. 2

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CHICAGO – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” honors with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. The evening will be hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and nominees include “Animals” – directed by Collin Schiffli, “The Starfish Throwers” – directed by Jesse Roesler and “Happy Christmas” – directed by Joe Swanberg.

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The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city.

The nominees for the “Best of the Midwest” Awards are as follows….

StarBest Music Video
“Shadow” directed by Ryan O’Hara Theisen

“Unbreakable Pocket Comb” directed by Justin Reid Tvedt

”Am I Awake” directed by Joe Cuomo, written by Paul Swiatek

StarBest Short Film
“The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam” directed by Seth Henrikson

“Hoppy Hour” directed by Ryan O’Hara Theisen

“140 Drams” directed by Oksana Mirzoyan

”The Alphabet Conspiracy” directed by Chris Anderson

“Apartment Guy” created by Bill Boehler
Offsides” directed by Tytania Holliman

“Bad Ambulance” directed by Daniel Klein
Ree” directed by Juan Camilo Moore

StarBest Editing
Amanda Griffin, “Animals”

Adam Pillon, “140 Drams”

Craig Lewandowski, “Adventures in the Sin Bin”

Mike Turner, “Hoppy Hour
Bill Kersey, “The Starfish Throwers”

StarBest Cinematography
Chris Vinopal, “The Cold and the Quiet”

Ben Derico, “Ree
Jeffrey Bloom, “The Wake”

Pete Biagi, “Bad Ambulance
Jesse Roesler, “The Starfish Throwers”

Seth Henrikson, “The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam”

StarBest Screenplay
Christopher Storer, “Adventures in the Sin Bin”

David Dastmalchian, “Animals
Oksana Mirzoyan, “140 Drams
Bill Boehler, “Apartment Guy”

Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak, “The Jamz
Todd Sklar and Alex Rennie, “Awful Nice”

StarBest Female Actor
Katie Oellerich, “The Cold and the Quiet
Alana Grelyak, “MagiCATastrophe
Sayjal Joshi, “The Mayor’s Aide
Ilyssa Fradin, “Animals”

StarBest Male Actor
Alex Rennie, “Awful Nice”

Joe Swanberg, “Happy Christmas”

David Dastmalchian, “Animals
Chance Bone, “Adventures in the Sin Bin
Bill Boehler, “Apartment Guy”

Kris Flanagan, “MagiCATastrophe
Malcom Banks, “Offsides”

StarBest Director
Oksana Mirzoyan, “140 Drams”

Joe Swanberg, “Happy Christmas
Billy Federighi, “Adventures in the Sin Bin”

Colleen Griffen Chappelle, “The Cold and the Quiet”

Todd Sklar, “Awful Nice”

Collin Schiffli, “Animals”

David Boone Wilson and AJ Schnack, “We Always Lie to Strangers
Jesse Roesler, “The Starfish Throwers”

StarBest Feature
“Adventures in the Sin Bin” directed by Billy Federighi

”Awful Nice” directed by Todd Sklar

“The Cold and the Quiet” directed by Colleen Griffen

”We Always Lie to Strangers” directed by David Boone Wilson and A.J. Schnack

“Animals” directed by Collin Schiffli

“The Starfish Throwers” directed by Jesse Roesler

“Happy Christmas” directed by Joe Swanberg

The “Best of the Midwest” Awards, presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival, will be Tuesday, December 2nd, 7pm, at The Underground Nightclub, 56 W. Illinois Street, Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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