About the festival

2017 saw the third year that Big Teeth hosted our 60-second film fest in conjunction with the Ravenswood Art Walk. This year we screened 11 original short films every 20 minutes for two full days of the Art Walk . The film fest drew in around 600 people to the studio who cast their vote for their favorite films to forever send a lucky few into eternal Big Teeth glory.



how it works

Our film fest has a few unique quirks to make it a fun experience for filmmakers and viewers alike.

As this fest is rooted in “art”, we curate a list of famous works of art. Each filmmaker picks a number that corresponds with a work of art and then must find inspiration from that piece. How they choose to be inspired is entirely up to the filmmaker. Finally they make a film that is 60-seconds in length, and away we go.

The films are then voted on in various categories:
- Best Picture - Favorite overall film
- Best Cinematography - the one that looks the nicest
- Best Artistic Interpretation - most creative or interesting use of the art work chosen as inspiration
- Best Female Lead - best female lead
- Best Male Lead - best male lead

Scroll below to view this year’s films & winners as well as the films from years past.


the 2017 films


1.“iDad” by Gregg Jaffe

Inspired by René Magritte's "The Son of Man" - WINNER Best Picture & Best Artistic Interpretation.

Description: A modern interpretation of the parent and child relationship. This film takes you through a day in the life of a dad whose head is buried in his smartphone and his son that seizes the opportunities that creates. Is this an ordinary or extraordinary day?

iSon - Chinguun Sergelen
iDad - Edward Kaihatsu
Visitor - Jackie Frole

Writer/Director/Editor - Gregg Jaffe
Director of Photography - Chris Faust
Props/Wardrobe/PA - Jackie Frole
Creative Consultant - Carmen Jaffe


2. "Cultural Composition" by Alva Egan

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's "Composition 8" - WINNER Best Cinematography

Description: When you bite off more than you can chew but learn to love it.

Writer/Director - Alva Egan
Editors - Alva Egan and Sean Bartholomae
Camera Operator - Alva Egan and Alec Nauman
Sound Engineer - Bryan Ward
Composer - Doublescreen


3. “The Tinkerer” by Mike Trivisonno.

Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - WINNER Best Male Lead, Richard Alpert as The Tinkerer

Description: A tinkerer wrestles with his maddening pursuit of perfection as he completes his latest creation. The colors and overall storybook tone nod to the visual cues of the artwork, while the main character embodies the inner demons that weighed on Van Gogh’s mind.

The Tinkerer - Richard Alpert
Granddaughter - Ellie Roubitchek

Writer/Director/Editor - Mike Trivisonno
Director of Photography - Samuel Ott
Gaffer - Brendan Davis
Special Thanks - Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten of Manifold Chicago. Gene Wagendorf of Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce


4. “Basket of Apples” by Potenza Productions

Inspired by Paul Cézanne's "Basket of Apples" - WINNER Best Female Lead, Mary Kay Cook

Description: A distraught woman makes a pie. We were inspired by the setting, tone, and multiple perspectives of the painting.

Mom - Mary Kay Cook
Son - Judah Abner Paul

Director - Rocco Cataldo
Writer/Producer - Mary Kay Cook
Director of Photography - Mike Kwielford
Gaffer - Aaron Hui
Grip - Jon Olen
Sound Mixer - Nick Clemente
Makeup Department - Mel Wilson
Editor - Mike Leber
Composer - Dan Meinhardt


5. “Icarus” by Amber Greeson

Inspired by Edvard Munch's "The Scream"

Description: Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a curious piece that evokes many thoughts and feelings. This film is a study of the color palette and that feeling of terror that the subject shows in his long screaming face, while embracing the fluidity of the water seen in the background.

Mark Wetzel

A film by Amber Greeson
Music - James Lambrecht


6. “Titanic Part II” by Bryan Ward

Inspired by Francisco Goya's "Third of May"

Description: Sequel to the 1997 Academy Award-winning epic romance-disaster film; A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Bryan Ward
Carmen Jaffe

A film by Bryan Ward


7. “Set in Stone” by Becka Riccio

Inspired by Gustave Courbet's "The Stonebreakers"

Description: A painterly look at stone breaking. The words are taken from a letter Courbet wrote about his painting, “Bent over his work, his sledgehammer raised, I have painted my picture. In this class, this is how one beigns, and that is how one ends.”

Designed/Animated - Becka Riccio
Soundtrack - French Waltz by Sam Bikov


8. “Stars of Sodium” by Patrick Lwetschanyn

Inspired by Gustave Klimt's "The Kiss"

Description: Not all love was meant to be.

Patrick Miken Lwetschanyn


9. “Woman at the Crossroads” by Elise Jaffe

Inspired by Diego Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads"

Description: A young woman is struggling with a big decision. Her mind is flooded with thoughts of advice and memories all trying to guide her to make the right choice, Will it be the right one?

Woman - Galya Loeb
Grandma - Meg Grunewald
Boyfriend - Johnny Lim
Dad - Mike Leary
Girl - Haley Ruthman

Writers - Rebeca Entel and Elise Jaffe
Director/Producer - Elise Jaffe
DP/Cameraman - Jeremy Stark
Production Assistant - Alva Egan
Editor - Julie Schultz


10. “Forked Hearts” by Danny McCarthy

Inspired by Grant Wood's "American Gothic"

Description: This film takes a peak inside the famed Forked Heart Photography studio and reveals a morsel of why couples travel from around the world to be captured through Joseph’s lens. Just as a flower pushes through a crack in the city sidewalk to show its beauty to the world, Joseph pushes his clients through the cement poured around their relationships to expose their vibrant petals.

Joseph Saux - Danny McCarthy
Jan Ames - Emily Clouse
Tom Ames - Brian Bennett
Tasha Des Moines - Jordan Mullins
Marcus Des Moines - Quin Hatch

Directors - Danny McCarthy, Brittany Wagner
Director of Photography - Mike Trivisonno
Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe - Jordan Mullins

11. “U-Turn” by Julie Schultz, Jackie Avellar, Don Markus

Inspired by Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon"

Description: A woman fed up with her relationship finds an unexplainable reason not to give up.

Julie Schultz

Writer/Director/Camerman - Don Markus
Editor - Julie Schultz
Graphics - Jackie Avellar


Meet This year's filmmakers



the 2016 films

1. "A Diary of Fear - Chapter 1" by Patrick Lewtschanyn.  Inspired by Warhol's Campbell’s Soup Cans. WINNER Best Picture & Best Cinematography.

2. "The Davids of Dating" by Elise Jaffe. Inspired by Michelangelo's David. WINNER best female performance Meg Grunewald

3. "Revolution Go" by Mike Trivisonno. Inspired by Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. WINNER best male performance Bill Arnold III

4. "It Ain’t Baroque" by Gregg Jaffe. Inspired by Rembrandt's The Night Watch

5. "Lilli" by Amber Greeson. Inspired by Monet's Water Lilies

6. "Girl Without The Pearl Earring" by Jackie Avellar & Julie Schultz. Inspired by Johannes Vermeer's Girl With the Pearl Earring.

7. "Can’t Look Away" by Danny McCarthy. Inspired by Pollock's Number 5, 1948


the 2015 films

1. "6 Corners" by Elise Jaffe. Inspired by Caillebotte's Paris Street, Rainy Day. WINNER Best Picture.

2. "Nature vs. Nurture" by Mike Trivisonno. Inspired by Seurrat's A Sunday Aerternoon on the Island of La Grande. WINNER best Cinematography.

3. "Shifted" by Danny McCarthy. Inspired by Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere. WINNER best performance Ashlyn Hughes

4. "On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink" by Meg Grunewald. Inspired by Degas' Dancers in Pink.

5. "Sports Imitating Art" by Julie Schultz. Inspired by Da Vinci's The Mona Lisa.

6. "Nightcat" by Amber Greeson. Inspired by Hopper's Nighthawks.

7. "Blue Period" by Gregg Jaffe. Inspired by Picasso's The Old Guitarist.