When her single mom runs off to California, 13-year-old Laudurée, a passionate environmentalist, clings to her rural home and a carbon sequestration experiment. But her grandmother Greta, a caustic nurse, has other plans. Thrust together, the two women must learn to trust each other in the face of an uncertain future. Featuring outstanding performances by Amy Madigan and newcomer Perla Haney-Jardine, Future Weather is a coming-of-age drama about saying goodbye to what we love and leaping into the unknown.
Jenny Deller is a writer, director and producer living in Columbus, Ohio. Future Weather received the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting from the Nantucket Film Festival, as well as three grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She was named one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011" by The Independent, and has participated in FIND's Producers and Screenwriters Labs; IFP's Narrative Lab; LA Film Festival's Fast Track market; and the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. Most recently, Deller was selected to participate as one of 25 up-and-coming directors in the inaugural Emerging Visions program co-curated by IFP and Film Society of Lincoln Center. A recipient of an NEH Young Scholars grant, Jenny has appeared on Law & Order and has been directing theater and film since attending high school at the Illinois Math & Science Academy.
Jenny's life has changed significantly since she had a baby. Her days of food activism and urban anthropology have been replaced by diapers and playtime in the park. When she inherits a cabin in Montana, she leaves the comfort of her Chicago high-rise and travels with her baby to a remote part of the country. While she waits for her husband to join her, she fashions a temporary life of independence for herself - one which takes an unsettling turn when she begins a dangerous relationship with the man her husband hired to fix the property.
SIUC alumna Kris Swanberg was one of the filmmakers and actors in the 2005 film Kissing On The Mouth. In 2006, she directed the short documentary Bathwater and produced the documentary web series Boys and Girls. Along with her husband, she produced and starred in the ongoing web series Young American Bodies, which can be seen on IFC.com. Swanberg directed her first feature, It was great, but I was ready to come home. in 2009. Empire Builder is her second feature. She lives and works in Chicago.
Drop City is a story of whimsical innovation and the drive to create a new civilization on the scrapheap of a wasteful society. Often cited as the first rural commune of the 1960s, Drop City was an experimental community on the plains of Southern Colorado that blended practices of art, architecture, and resourceful living in ways that came to define a global counterculture.
Joan Grossman is a media artist whose work has screened in more than 20 countries. Her award-winning film The Port of Last Resort was broadcast by HBO. Tom McCourt is an associate professor of media at Fordham University with a background in audio and video production. He is the author of books on public radio and the Internet's transformation of the music industry.
In the tradition of the great monster movies of the past, science fiction is combined with humor in this story about two handymen (Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward) who inadvertently become heroes when Earth is invaded by creatures from beneath the planet’s surface.
A selection of films made by middle school and high school students.
- Universal Playlist Brandon Charlton, Senetchut Floyd & Tylar Johnson
- Through the Eyes of a Child, Patricia Pircon
- Fast Food Poison, Illaini Maximo & Kahni Wilks
- Escargot, Raymond Archila
- Icee Man, Guimor Camano & Claudia Almazo
- Expectations, Haley Schmidt
- Limitations, Lily Yu
- Daniel, L'Eunice Faust & Roxanne Muras
- Pine Cones, Jenny Du
- Sagomatic, Alejandro Rosario
- Media: Or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Myself, Jenny McCollom
- Weave Me Alone, Nia Ferguson & Yasmin Williams