Category Archives: Screening / Event

DRIFT (2010) NOW FREE ONLINE! / Short Time Only

My award-winning 32-minute short, DRIFT, was chosen to compete in this year’s FirstGlance Film Festival Short Online Contest! For the next five weeks (March 25 thru May 13, 2011) you can watch it on the web and (hopefully) vote it 5 stars!

Free registration is required for viewing AND you must vote on 3 different films for any of your votes to be counted. I apologize about that weird rule, but I suppose it’s meant to balance things out. Regardless, I would love it if you checked it out!

Click below to register, watch, and vote!
3 Votes Required for Your Votes to Count!

DRIFT Trailer.
DRIFT Teaser.


More DRIFT news!

DRIFT movie poster


DRIFT will have its World Premiere this weekend, at Washington, DC’s REEL Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza! Check the schedule for Saturday and Sunday screening times!

The Chicago Premiere and Press Screening will take place next month, on November 21, at the fantastic Portage Theater.

Visit for the latest updates!

(Poster design by Tim Swezy. Photography by Joshua Lopatin.)

Save the Date / Ahorras la Fecha / Faites Gagner la Date / 日付を保存します。

…more details forthcoming!

“Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story” closes Aug. 2!

6 more shows left, Chicagoland folks! Come check it out — you won’t be disappointed!

“A video projection on the back wall provides back-story using authentic 1920s Chicago film reels spliced with footage of the actors themselves. The production value of these clips alone is worth the price of admission.” –Christopher McCabe

“It’s Rashid’s design team…with stunning, gray-scale costumes from Liz Hoffman and eerily opulent filmic backdrops by Jim Vendiola—whose stark vision unites the evening into a gorgeous, coherent whole.” –TimeOut Chicago

“Film designer Jim Vendiola’s  integration of found footage from the era and new work created for the production gives the show extra depth.” –Newcity Stage

“Jim Vendiola’s grainy videography cunningly splices together shots of period newspaper headlines with fleeting interludes of Popp and Hays’ characters gliding blissfully through the University of Chicago campus, caught in a folie a deux that neither they nor we can fully comprehend, but that leaves us with an aching sense of waste.” –Chicago Tribune


Upcoming Theatre | “Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story”

Here are some details for the upcoming theatrical production, on which I’ve been working for the past month-or-so:

Chicago, 1924:
Two kids, born into a world of wealth and privilege, plan to commit the perfect crime.

Join Project 891 Theatre Company for its inaugural production directed by Michael Rashid and featuring Matt Hays, Ron Popp, Gary Murphy, Robert Kaercher, Matthew Lozano, Jacob A. Ware and Liz Hoffman.

July 10 – August 2
Chemically Imbalanced Theatre
1420 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, 60613

Here’s the promotional trailer that I made for the show:

The live production will also feature cinematic clips (that I’m assembling with director, Michael Rashid, specifically for this show), projected onstage during the performance. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, please come and check it out!!


And, if you’re unfamiliar with the case and story, here’s a good place to start. Hope to see some of you next month!

Upcoming Screening Next Tues. 2/3/09: Airline to Barrington (Premiere)

Airline to Barrington

Next Tuesday: February 3, 2009
1328 W. Morse Ave. (1 blk. East of Morse Red Line)
@ 7PM (Part One begins promptly @ 7:15)

The film will be presented in two parts (TRT of each is approx. 1 hr. 20 mins) with a short break in between.


The World Premiere, HD screening of AIRLINE TO BARRINGTON. A feature length, documentary-style music performance film, featuring:

An Evening with Jeff Tweedy and the Old Town School Wilco Ensemble.
The 3rd Living Room Charity Show Performance from Jan. 12, 2008 (for the Letters to Santa program).

Directed & Edited by: Jim Vendiola
Cinematography: Jim Summers / Fletcher & Jim Vendiola
Location Sound: Chandler Coyle
Color Correction: Elliot Rudmann / Nolo Digital Film, Chicago
Add’l Post Production Finishing: Gary Adcock / Studio 37, Chicago

Preview Clips (available thru 2/3/09):

Click to view teaser*

[*note: I cut this trailer from our raw footage back in March ’08. The mis-matched coloration between shots does NOT reflect the mastering work done later, by our friends at Nolo Digital + Studio 37.]

"Thanks I Get"

Click to view "The Thanks I Get"

Upcoming Screening, 1/14: The Christians (2008)

Stephen Cone’s indie drama/thriller The Christians screens this Wednesday at the Gene Siskel Center @ 8pm. It was made in Chicago, and produced by the local NFP filmmaking organization, Split Pillow.

The filmmaker and producers will be present for a Q&A following the show.

View the trailer:

The Christians Official Site