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Filmmaker Spotlight on Brad Biscoff March 16th, Presented by IFP Chicago and the Music Box Theatre

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Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago (IFP Chicago) and The Music Box Theatre present a special filmmaker Spotlight on the work of a Chicago International Film Festival Favorite, Director Brad Bischoff on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016.

Brad Bischoff

Brad Bischoff

Bischoff's films have screened all over the world, including the 61st Festival de Cannes. His stories touch people’s hearts and challenge their conventions. IFP Chicago Vice-President, John Otterbacher will lead a special presentation, where he and Brad will discuss the span of his work. Otterbacher says of Bischoff's work: "I knew there was something special about Brad's vision after his first student film EYELIDS, a film which moves me to this day. He has not disappointed in follow up films, and I am thrilled to see them on the big screen again where they deserve to be seen. It hasn't always been easy, but he pushed through and I think it is those lessons that will be of most interest to students, filmmakers and film fans alike."

The screening includes his previous shorts and his upcoming 2016 debut feature production called, THE GRASSHOPPER, which he describes as a “suburban fever dream.” The film studies a contractor who ditches work to spend the afternoon honeymooning with his wife in their suburban paradise home. In the words of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, “It is different. It is daring. Most of all, in its own terrifying way, it is a love story…”

Featured Clips:

EYELIDS

Official Selection | 61st Festival de Cannes short film corner, 2008

Official Selection | 44th Chicago International Film Festival, 2008

Pal falls in love with the prettiest girl in the classroom, Iris. He daydreams of living on the inside of her eyelids hoping that she will notice him. 

WET

Official Selection & “Chicago Award Winner” | 45th Chicago International Film Festival, 2009

A seemingly pleasant day for the rest of Chicago turns out to be rather stormy for one young man who must decide whether he belongs son land or sea. 

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Official Selection | 48th Chicago International Film Festival, 2012

Vimeo Staff Favorite | 2013

Twenty-four year old Brad commemorates what seems to be his last night in the suburbs alongside his older brother Tyler, who is on the brink of turning thirty and still living at home. As the hours dwindle until dawn, Brad struggles to confront the realization that all things must change. 

NOMAD

Official Selection | 51st Chicago International Film Festival, 2015

A husband tries to take his wife out for the night, but their dinner guests stand in the way. 

***And several more short films that include never before seen work and a special sneak preview of his debut feature film, THE GRASSHOPPER.***

ABOUT BRAD BISCHOFF:

Brad Bischoff is a writer and director based out of Chicago, IL. His short films have screened at festivals around the world, including Festival de Cannes, Starz Denver, Montecatini, and Chicago International where his film won in competition. He is an alumni of the Telluride Student Symposium (2007) and Columbia College Chicago (2009). Brad has been featured on the Independent Film Channel and Gaper’s Block. His short film, WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM, was named a Vimeo Staff Pick in 2013 and went on to be recognized as the Best Drama on the indie-curated website NoBudge.com. In 2015, Brad was a second round finalist for the Sundance Labs.

Brad is currently in pre-production on his debut feature film, THE GRASSHOPPER.