Indie Incubator Film Fest #5: The spotlights were once again shining at the Original Mother’s on Division St., home of the IIFF. Matt Kubinski and Charles Klein have done an excellent job of raising the bar with each fest - #5 being no exception! After the lights went down, Big Tree Productions' Haunted House trailer kicked off the IIFF to a thunderous start. A few short films later came what I thought was the gem of the night, Land of the Free from Forge Films - a political, action packed movie that had incredibly high production value and a very intriguing story. Another compelling feature, Street Jesus: The Story of Willie York gave an interesting look at Peoria’s most famous homeless man. Not only was this film humorous, but it also featured awesome music from the band Primal Seed. The funniest, most creative movie of the night was Meat Shake brought to us by Rookie TV. Simple and to the point (3 minute run time), we watch a man try to order a milkshake, but the restaurant he is trying to order from only makes shakes using different types of meat. Adding to the humor and originality of this short film is the method of the dialogue which is done in a “rap/rhyme”. Rookie TV was also behind the animated short: 100 Grand which I found to be hilarious. The rest of the night saw more quality films flicker across the screen - the highlights being Janus from One Tear Productions and some clever short commercials for The Comic Vault. At the end of the night the three judges (Kathy Byrne from the Chicago Film Office, Ed Griffen from WTTW's Image Union, and Matt Sardo from The Chicago Comic Vault) awarded Meat Shake the Best in Show and winner of the first ever Image Union award. WTTW will air Meat Shake on Image Union in the near future. The Incubator has turned into a special event, providing great short films and tasty cocktails all inside an electrifying atmosphere. The next Incubator is April 2008, mark your calendars – you won’t want to miss it!!!
Rythemovieguy's pic for best of: Land of The Free
Incubator Best Of Fest Award: Meat Shake