Fig Film Festival

Fig Media presents five short films created by Fig Media directors: Joe Martinez, Tim Musho, Billy Rood, Melissa Martens and Hafeez Sarumi. Sponsored by CS Magazine, KIND Healthy Snacks, and Pop Chips.

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Since 1993 Fig Media has been an incubator for new, artistic talent in Chicago. Founded by filmmaker and DJ, James Gustin, and his wife and painter, Michele Gustin, Fig has built a solid professional reputation in both special events and media communications. As part of the vision for expanding the business, it is important to the Gustins that each fig artist also develops his or her own creative projects. To this end, five fig directors have just completed their own short films, and are screening them for the first time to the public on December 15, 2010 at the legendary Music Box Theater (3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613) from 7:00-9:00 P.M. Sponsored by CS Magazine, Kind Healthy Snacks and Pop Chips. Although five distinct films, they represent a close collaboration in writing, casting, directing, shooting, and editing among the fig directors. The five local filmmakers – Joe Martinez, Tim Musho, Billy Rood, Melissa Martens and Hafeez Sarumi – shared resources and ideas as well as provided critical support and feedback to produce cutting edge films.

Reginald, written and directed by Joseph Martinez, looks at two young brothers and their developing relationship under the care of two dysfunctional parents. Reginald (Kendell Burts) and his younger brother Rodney (Wendell Burts) share a playful relationship that slowly turns dark as the verbal hostility increases between their parents Taree (Desla Epison) and Troy (Harold Dennis).

Hafeez Sarumi, who served as co-writer of Identity Thief and assistant director on Reginald wrote and directed Pusher, a drama about a drug dealer named Jake who wrestles with his conscience as he is forced to decide whether or not to take on a disillusioned teen as his new delivery boy.

Melissa Martens, shot and directed her film titled 100 Meter Run; a short that follows Jessica Frantz as she competes in the Special Olympics. Also featured of Melissa’s work are two trailers for upcoming documentary projects, the first for Non-Profit organization Rock for Kids and the second on the 102nd running of the Chicago Yacht Clubs Race to Mackinac Island.

Tim Musho, who shot Reginald and Pusher, put his own directorial vision to work in his film, Identity Thief. It is a comedy that portrays a man struggling to keep his individuality when he starts to believe his girlfriend is trying to steal his identity.

Billy Rood, shot and directed ONE, a thematic film inspired by the world of fashion. A beautiful woman is on a search to remake herself after a night of suffering but finds the things she is looking for is not what she expected. (RATING DISCLAIMER for One18+Recommended only for viewers above the age of 18. Adult Themes, Sexual Scenes & Nudity.)

Festival Sponsors: CS Magazine, Pop Chips and KIND Healthy Snacks.
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