Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

CHI GIRL

 

Year: 1999
Country: USA
Run Time: 87 minutes

Submitted for your approval: docu-filmmaker Randy arrives in Chicago to cover a political convention but rapidly loses interest. Instead his hungry lens locks on a talkative young woman in a bar: a woman like none other; a woman who fascinates him; a woman of singular manners and appearance. A woman who boasts of being able to woo any man off his feet. In essence, the most ridiculously pathetic woman of all time. Look! There's a sign up ahead . . . You've just entered the Heather Green Zone. Not just funny, but shamefully, sadistically funny, CHI GIRL is a black-and-white dark comedy that takes teh viewer on a Windy City regatta of leaking self-esteem and relationshipwrecks. CHI GIRL is told in the first-person as unseen Randy trails after poor, homely, undateably clueless alt-weekly newspaper columnist Heather, all with a predatory glee that can only mean one thing. Part "Man Bites Dog," part "Love Connection," Heidi Van Lier's no-budget wonder rocked the 1999 Slamdance Film Festival and presents the most unforgettable heroine you've ever wanted to touch with a ten-foo pole.

Screenplay
Heidi Van Lier

Director
Heidi Van Lier

Producer
Heidi Van Lier

Cinematography
Anders Uhl

Editing
Paul Gordon

Principal Cast
Heidi Van Lier, Scott Benjaminson, Alicia Hyde, Phil Smith, Sarah Willis. Narrator: Joe Kraemer.

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