The Oakton Pop-Up Film Festival boasts three features and three shorts in its carefully curated programming. The modest festival, in its fourth year, has showcased some of my favorite American independent films of the past decade, including Dan Salitt’s The Unspeakable Act, Robert Greene’s Actress, and Joel Potrykus’ Buzzard. This year, their feature programming includes Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move, Gabe Kilenger’s Porto, and Michael Smith’s Mercury in Retrograde. The films are a dynamic and luminous collection, with each screening to be followed by a Q&A session with cast and crew.
I would like to particularly highlight the festival’s short film programming. It involves a cadre of local films including Sadie Rogers Chip V.2, Clare Cooney’s Runner, and Layne Marie Williams and Lonnie Edwards’ An Atramentous Mind. It’s Cooney’s Runner that I found especially stirring, in what’s a haunting and unfortunately contemporary examination of predatory culture.
The Oakton Pop-Up Film Festival opens this Tuesday, November 28 through December 1 at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater in Des Plaines, Illinois. All films are free to the public.