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RED ROOF INN
1212 W. LINCOLN HWY
DEKALB, IL 60115 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
April 25th, 2020

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2018 Award Nominees AND WINNERS!

BEST FEATURE
PITCHING TENTS
KILLING DIAZ
FANGS VS SPURS
 
BEST SHORT
ASK A FILIPINO
WE HATE BOB
LADY LILLIAN
 
BEST DIRECTOR
AMBER JOHNSON - LADY LILLIAN
PATRICK LOVE - FANGS VS SPURS
MERVYN COLE - ASK A FILIPINO
 
BEST WRITER
LAURA BUCHHOLZ - LADY LILLIAN
MARK VILLA - ASK A FILIPINO
JC FARRIS - WE HATE BOB
 
BEST ACTOR
MICHAEL GRANT - PITCHING TENTS
NORTH ROBERTS - FANGS VS SPURS
MARK VILLA - ASK A FILIPINO
 
BEST ACTRESS
MARY BETH RITTER - THE ART OF FOLEY
NIKKI FIORETTI - DRIVESHAFT
LAUREN ANDERSON - LADY LILLIAN
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
ASK A FILIPINO
FANGS VS SPURS
WE HATE BOB
 
BEST EDITING
FANGS VS SPURS
(A)UTOMATED (I)RRITATION
ASK A FILIPINO
 
BEST MUSIC
THE OTHER GUY PART .37
WE HATE BOB
FANGS VS SPURS
 
BEST SOUND
THE ART OF FOLEY
LADY LILLIAN
(A)UTOMATED (I)RRITATION
 
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
VALERIE VERSUS EARTH BY JASON BOADEN
DELIVERY BY HARLEY MCKABE
PROBERT BOUND BY KYLE A. SMITH
TOASTER BY BRY TROYER
GRANDMA FERRARI BY JAMES DEL BROCCO

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY MAY 19TH (10AM - 12AM)

10:00AM - FILM BLOCK A

  • (A)UTOMATED (I)RRITATION 6M
  • HOUSE OF FURY 6M
  • THE LIFE OF BALDRICK 7M
  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS 12M
  • HERE WE GO 5M
  • WILLOLOGY 37M
  • GENTLEMEN'S FURY 79M

01:00PM - FILM BLOCK B

  • GLORY DAYS 7M
  • SIDNEY 24M
  • UNCLE OSCAR 20M
  • THIS TOO SHALL PASS 5M
  • STOCKHOLM SWEET HOME 15M
  • KILLING DIAZ 80M

04:00PM - FILM BLOCK C

  • DRIVESHAFT 6M
  • A LOTTA LIFE 14M
  • LUCKY 16M
  • FANGS VS SPURS 84M

06:30PM - FILM BLOCK D

  • ASK A FILIPINO 3M
  • LADY LILLIAN 8M
  • THE OTHER GUY PART .37 5M
  • WE HATE BOB 7M
  • RUN FAST OR FLY HIGH 100M

09:00PM - FILM BLOCK E

  • THE ART OF FOLEY 7M
  • LARRY MICHAELSON'S FIRST DAY 6M
  • PITCHING TENTS 93M

11:30PM - AWARDS PRESENTATION

2018 FILM SELECTIONS!

Check out the awesome 2018 Film Selections!

fangs vs spurs 

Thirty years have passed since Sheriff Bartlett (Joe Estevez) battled the vampires and became a living legend. However, most townsfolk believe that the vampires are just myths...that is until they are recently discovered on the outskirts of town. Convinced he can once again triumph over the night creatures, Sheriff Bartlett, with posse in tow, set off with destruction in mind. Unsuccessful at the task, a new group of ignorant cowboys led by Bill Ford (North Roberts) must band together to save their town from revenge-fueled vampires before it's too late.

PITCHING TENTS 

In a working-class town in 1984, a high school senior's future creates a tug-of-war between his no-nonsense father and his crackpot guidance counselor until an encounter with a goddess helps him uncover his true destiny.

Run Fast or Fly High

"Run Fast Or Fly High" brings back slapstick comedy to the 21st Century. Fasten your seat belts! 
A hacker is chased by mobsters all the way from Panama to Chicago. In his path, our hero comes across several characters that will unwillingly get involved in bit trouble. 

 

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

A man beset with work and debt decides to take his own life.

 

THE ART OF FOLEY

A mockumentary about sub-par foley artists that take their jobs too seriously. This broad comedy follows Lou, through her journey as a foley artist. When best friend Spencer breaks the good news about the contest to foley an action film, will Lou win, or will unforeseen circumstances defeat her?

 

GLORY DAYS

After reminiscing about their days of pranks and practical jokes in high school, Chris ropes his best friend Turner into playing a prank involving a mysterious backpack found in a park. However, they later find themselves standing in the crosshairs of two violent drug dealers who have misinterpreted their actions.

 

HOUSE OF FURY

Two realtors duke it out in the cut-throat world of real estate!

HERE WE GO

It’s a typical visit – Some things never change when a daughter visits her mom. This dark comedy captures the never changing relationship between the two during an early morning cup of coffee. Here We Go!

DRIVESHAFT

Becky takes to the Book of Faces to live stream her adventures around the city of Detroit and who she'll run into while live broadcasting to the Book Of Faces.

ASK A FILLIPINO

A Filipino American takes part in a Q&A at a community center in small town USA

LADY LILLIAN

Lady Lillian is a dark comedy about a tarot reader/psychic whose rambling and somewhat absurd conversations with clients become self-fulfilling prophesies.

SIDNEY

Cartoonist Petra Ramsay toned down her edgy college style for a syndication deal. Now, twenty years on, she hates her life, her job, and most of all her sniveling, pathetic creation, Sidney.

WILLOLOGY

Willology is about 3 college roommates named Will...One is straight, one is gay, and the other is bisexual. They all attend Richardton University - the good ole DICK U! Enjoy William, Wilson, and Willawn's crazy adventures and escapades as they maneuver their way through life while trying to keep their grades intact.

WE HATE BOB

Suffering through the constant torments of an extremely annoying person named Bob, a monthly support group secretly gathers to vent their frustrations.

STOCKHOLM SWEET HOME

After getting kidnapped and locked away with a bickering couple, a young woman quickly realizes her captor may be the least of her worries.

THE LIFE OF BALDRICK

Baldrick, an offensive, inappropriate, politically incorrect, sexist, narcissistic boss, has created a new reality TV show about, well, himself. Apart from meeting his employees, Baldrick also has some interviews lined up for his first pilot episode.

A LOTTA LIFE

When the Angel of Death arrives to bestow a special honor on a sweet elderly couple, they mistake him for a pushy salesman; nevertheless, their time together is threatened.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS 

Maribeth just needs some help to finish a big project but ends up with much more than she expected! Sometimes more is less. 
This is the story of what happens when overachiever Maribeth tries to ease her work pressures and interviews potential assistants, one wackier than the other. Dismissively banishing each applicant, she starts getting threatening phone calls from her employer and becomes, in the end, as jobless and needy as the last candidate, who weeps at the suggestion of not getting hired. In disappointed resignation, they both share some butter pecan ice cream.

uncle oscar

Recently homeless former child star, Lyle Capricorn must regain his former acting glory by doing the one thing he doesn't know how to do: act.


 

killing diaz

In a working-class town in 1984, a high school senior's future creates a tug-of-war between his no-nonsense father and his crackpot guidance counselor until an encounter with a goddess helps him uncover his true destiny.

larry michaelson's first day  

A former hot shot late night programming producer at Cinemax has a hard time adapting to new lingo at Nickelodeon.


 

gentlemen's fury  

A professional tennis player has a John McEnroe-like outburst that gets him thrown off the tour and lands him in a league that might not be strictly about tennis.


 

THE OTHER GUY PART .37

Harry wants to stay in. Sean wants to go to a shirtless shindig. Harry won't leave, but Sean won't take no for an answer. Whatever you do, don't go to the bathroom. 

 

(A)UTOMATED (I)RRITATION 

A man struggles to make breakfast in a kitchen filled with appliances with a mind of their own. 

 

LUCKY 

Billy thinks he's going to score with a beautiful stranger but she has something else in mind.

*This film is added only for time fill and does not qualify for awards play.

 


2018 Screenplay Contest Finalists

Learn about our 2018 Laugh or Die Screenplay Finalists below!

valerie versus earth 

WRITTEN BY Jason Boaden

When a boy pranks his sister on her 10th birthday, her payback leads to the whole family getting in on the fun.

DELIVERY 

WRITTEN BY Harley McKabe

* SYNOPSIS NOT PROVIDED BY WRITER 

PROBERT BOUND  

WRITTEN BY Kyle A Smith

Probert discovers masturbation and must figure out how to continue the practice despite his family's strict religious mores.

TOASTER   

WRITTEN BY  Bry Troyer

A professional horror writer longs to find a partner, but he’s haunted by a spirit who assumes the shape of a horned demon, or a designer cowboy - depending on the ghost’s mood. And it’s his ex.

GRANDMA FERRARI   

WRITTEN BY James Del Brocco

An aspiring dancer down on her luck gets a little help from her recently deceased grandma who is now a Ferrari.

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