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More Than Machines: Women in Science Fiction Shorts at Chicago Feminist Film Fest

Last updated on March 11, 2019

CHICAGO — The Chicago Feminist Film Fest is holding a screening of women-focused science fiction shorts.

From the Facebook event:

Since Mary Shelley gave birth to the genre, women have continued proving that they are more than machines. See why in this sci-fi shorts program presented by the Chicago Feminist Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. This program is presented in partnership with CPL’s Women’s History Committee in celebration of Women’s History Month.

This program is a part of the 2018-2019 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme Imagine The Future and the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. For more information on other events, visit www.onebookonechicago.org.

Films in the Screening:

Real Artists
Cameo Wood [USA] 12 min
Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when she meets mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain.

Andromeda
Emily Dean [USA] 15 min
Andromeda is a sci-fi short film about an android who, through her friendship with a little girl, becomes alive.

Paris You Got Me
Julie Boehm [Germany] 9 min
“Art may change the inner as well as the external world“. That’s how our protagonist Ksenia experiences it. The street artist George lures her into his magic world of art illusions. An artistic dance about the realization of your dreams.

Bride of Frankie
Devi Snively [USA] 19 min
In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.

Bionic Girl
Stephanie Cabdevila [France] 14 min
A scientist creates her own android clone to replace her so she can face the outside world.

Unspoken Code
Jennifer Schwerin [China/USA] 25 min
Rhonda, a female robot, finds herself caught between developing her own AI to its full potential and her coding, which programs her to please. Designed for sophisticated tasks, she aspires to develop past expectations, but is thwarted by her human host, who pushes her buttons.

The screening will be at the Harold Washington Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on Tuesday, March 19.

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