The second annual Gen Art Film Festival kicked off on Monday at The Music Box Theatre in Wrigleyville. The week long showcase of independent films highlights some of todays hottest actors and directors showing two films a night — a short film to start, followed by a feature film.
The first full feature to be shown at this year’s festival was “Bart Got A Room,” a autobiographical comedy starring William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines, Steven Kaplan and Alia Shawkat. Written and directed by Brian Hecker, the story follows Danny (Kaplan) on his desperate journey to find a suitable date to his senior prom and his pursuit to ‘Get a room’.
I caught up with co-stars Alia Shawkat (Maeby from Arrested Development) and Steven Kaplan on the red carpet, and they gave me some insight into their roles in the film (see video below).
The festival continues through Friday at AMC Piper’s Alley with amazing after parties sponsored by Stella Artois and Reyka Vodka to follow each film. Only $15 for members and $20 for non-members gets you a ticket each night and exclusive access to the after party. I’ll be back out on Thursday to check out Dark Streets. The after party is at Rockit Bar and Grill, so come on out and party with me!