Sex + Ice Cream Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020


SEX + ICE CREAM, 6min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Melissa Lane

A short documentary about a young woman finding her identity through art.

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Saturday Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020


SECOND ACT PROGRAM – Best of CHICAGO 


SATURDAY, 9min., USA/Iran, Drama

Directed by Pegah Pasalar

As the viewer follows a joyful trip to the beach by a family with three young children, innocence and happiness give way to the unthinkable. While the day unfolds on-screen, the audience comes to realize, through subtle audiovisual cues, that a tragedy has occurred: one of the three children has drowned. Decisions are made in a state of shock, and the blurred lines between the rational and irrational interrupt and fragment the journey back home. The parents opt to bring their dead son back in the same car with the two other children pretending as if he is sleeping.

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Let The Blonde Sing Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020

LET THE BLONDE SING, 13min., USA Documentary

Directed by Rachel Knoll

An intimate look into a small community in Alaska through the eyes of Beverly Sue Waltz, the bartender of the only bar open all-year-round.

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Lacuna Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020


LACUNA, 7min., USA, Drama

Directed by Ryan Matthew Jolly

A man finds himself in a strange world, in a strange form. He cant remember anything and must journey to find himself.

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Honor Among Thieves Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020


HONOR AMONG THIEVES, 10min., USA, Sci-Fi/Western

Directed by Justin Eugene Evans

When a planet-hopping cowboy-criminal (Jason R. Moore, Marvel’s The Punisher) returns to New Mexico after a heist-gone-wrong, he expects a hero’s welcome. Instead, he finds his mutinous crew have decided he’s no longer in charge.

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Ballhawks Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from CHICAGO Festival Feb. 2020


BALLHAWKS, 10min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Samantha Sanders

Outside of Wrigley Field, a group of die-hard Cubs fans have attended years of games and only rarely entered the park. They spend the innings on the corner of Waveland and Kenmore in the hopes of catching home runs in what they call the far outfield. Their shared passion has led to lifelong friendships and a community spirit that hearkens back to the early days of the game. In the fall of 2016, after a 100-year dry spell, the Cubs will play in the World Series and these Ballhawks have a chance they’ve only dreamed of – to catch a World Series home run ball.

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Director Biography – Justin Eugene Evans (HONOR AMONG THIEVES)

Justin Eugene Evans’ previous film, A Lonely Place For Dying, was accepted in 46 film festivals. The film was nominated for 53 awards and won 29 including 18 best pictures. Justin then took a leave of absence from filmmaking for 8 years to invent a new type of cinema lighting system. He is now returning to filmmaking with a Science-Fiction/Western short film entitled Honor Among Thieves.

Justin’s engineering skills include mechanical, electrical, mechtronic, optical, and thermodynamics. He worked in 18 factories throughout China to teach himself the fundamentals of modern manufacturing. He taught himself basic Mandarin so he could navigate the world of Chinese and Southeast Asia manufacturing.

As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, he often feels slightly out of step. Justin’s son, David, is also Autistic and his wife is a college culinary instructor at an Autistic school in Wisconsin. Together, they educate non-Autistics about Autism and advocate for Autistic acceptance.

Justin splits his time between invention and filmmaking.

Director Statement

It always comes down to characters. Superficially, combining science fiction and the wild west may seem difficult. But, the challenges weren’t the visual effects or science fiction weapons; the challenges were about character.

I don’t believe in genre. I believe a writer’s primary job is to be a malevolent manipulator, crafting deeply flawed characters and then constantly thwarting their ambitions.

And in that sense, this science fiction western is really a story of failed friendship, mistrust and an inability to take a leap of faith. It is, I hope, funny, quirky and deeply human.

But, my script would never have been possible without my amazing team! James Wulfgar’s science fiction weaponry and props are as good as any Hollywood film. Branden Miletta’s visual effects work is stupendous. Luis Caffesse’s amazing editing blows me away; I could never do what he does. Bytheway-May’s music carefully balances the comedy and action of this short film. The costumes and sets are incredible.

And the cast! The cast did such an amazing job! Michael Tabb, Jason R. Moore and Chris Ranney own their roles. They bring so much depth and detail to their characters.

I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing team help bring my quirky, strange, genre mash-up to life. We hope you enjoy Honor Among Thieves!