September 16th 2023

Cinema Chatham
210 West 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

2023 Official Film Selections!

We have a great soup a'brewin, we will soon be selecting the perfect ingredients! Check out the awesome films screening at this year's Cinema Soup Film Festival!

The Greenies

When two bored, adventure-seeking teens head into the woods to seek out a local legend known as the Greenies, they discover the truth is far more terrifying than the myth.



Shadow Puppets

A prisoner finds a new and dangerous way to spark joy in his otherwise mundane life.



One Bag

A touching look into the life of an aspiring fighter before and after a near fatal debilitating accident.



Sun Rubber Plexus

Don’t eat fruit you find in caves. You didn’t know this, but you’ll always be safe in my mind. I’ll give you everything you need with everything that dwells inside me. Lovely, glittering earworm, you bring such vibrancy to my thoughts.




No Synopsis provided by filmmaker.




Amity, a college student, is engaged to another girl and struggles finding a way to tell her parents that she's gay.



In the midst of a pandemic, two heroes (Eddy and Nick) go on a quest for snacks. When that fails, they realize they didn't have to leave home to find trouble. Oh, is a sequel. The Evil Big Bad Joe wants revenge for the death of his son, and sends his top people after Eddy and Nick. A creepy dragon medallion our hero's own may or may not terrorize our hero's at home.


Checked Bags

A combat veteran is traveling by a civilian airline. The airline now requires all passengers to check their emotional baggage before boarding any flight. After checking his bags, the man experiences the serenity of becoming unburdened by the guilt and trauma that he carries inside all the time.

Hail to the King

Based on the Tragedy of MacBeth, this short film follows Mac's (MacBeth) descent into madness after being promised fame, fortune, and invincibility from all weapons made by men. Yet the empire he falsely acquires, still is threatened to crumble to the ground at the hands of those tired of his tyranny.


Sheena's Secret

A punk rock loving high school girl with superpowers is in danger of having them revealed to the public unless she bows to the demand of two of the schools most notorious bullies.



Through a series of homoerotic hallucinations brought on by a book, Gwen finds herself in a troublesome love triangle.


Night Voices

A jaded talk radio host in a cycle of hopeless and demoralizing monotony makes a life-altering decision while on-air.


Fiddly Bits

“Fiddly Bits” is a short ethnographic documentary about hobbyists who play the table-top miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000. The film focuses on three hobbyists and their conversation as they assemble and paint miniature figurines for use in the table-top game. Most broadly, “Fiddly Bits” considers how identity is navigated, negotiated, and constituted through the medium of miniature wargame figurines. Topics discussed include political geographies of the local wargaming community, gender stereotypes and counternarratives among hobbyists, and the extent to which customizing one’s miniatures may or may not be an articulation of the self. The film also depicts hobbyist techniques of sprue cleaning, assembly, painting, miniature organization, tool usage and maintenance, and error correction in comparative perspective.


The Waiting Room, or Eggs in Purgatory

After her early death, seventeen-year-old Maya has been in Purgatory waiting for seemingly an eternity to be called to her final resting place; others come and go as she remains in petulant anticipation. She soon reluctantly befriends Dean, a recent addition to the queue and a persistently friendly but troubled boy who has entered the afterlife under strangely parallel circumstances to her own. When the keeper of the waiting room, Eugene, bursts in to admit that he has misplaced the waiting list, Maya descends into a state of feverish despair as she realizes she may never move on.

Keep It Under Raps

After a chance meeting, a man decides to change his mundane life around and takes his hobby serious. Within this new industry, he faces various challenges going through many ups and downs. Was this a great decision or will it cost him everything?



"Dignity" is a love story between a woman and her family. However, the family's strength is tested when a moral decision must be made.



Several years after his wife's passing, a man decides to get back into the dating scene with a little help from his son's advice.


The World's Worst Porn Film

What was supposed to be a historic porn movie shoot turns into a disaster.


First Venture

An electric cat meets his alien best friend for the first time. Except this isn't the first time they've met. Why do things always get crazy when time travel is involved?


Strange Excursion

A passenger aboard a large cruise ship embarks on an unexpected excursion that tests the limits of their sanity.


The Lady's Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse

Mid-century housewife Wilma Davis invites us into her living room and walks us through her top tier tips to surviving the end of days with elegance and womanly charm.


Stone Hearts & Careless People

River is a lone and socially rejected artist who finds unlikely love in a statue that comes to life at night. The film is a supernatural romance that explores love, loneliness and the beautiful tragedy of living


After a blob of residue rejects the ideals of its creator, relationships and connections face uncertainty.


Bake Sale

After ruining half a dealer's supply, two high schoolers must sell the remaining product for double.



Hunger is an exploration of an isolated psyche


Because of This

A young woman must reunite with her estranged father after she develops the same super powers he has.

UNAUTHORIZED: The Authorized Story of Pastichè

When I was 14, I bought an unauthorized Guns N’ Roses documentary at FYE. I didn’t realize “unauthorized” meant they couldn’t use any actual GNR music in the documentary. I just thought it meant the stories would be salacious and the history shocking. I was crestfallen when I realized this 3 hour documentary about Appetite for Destruction wouldn’t actually contain any actual songs from the album!

I became curious though: Who makes the vaguely familiar sounding but license-free music in the background of these unauthorized music history films?

Thanks to the resources I’ve acquired from QITK, I tracked down and interviewed the most prolific license free stock music makers in the history of unauthorized music docs, and made a doc about them.


Kiss 'n' Ride

On her way home from a lovely cafe date, a woman finds reminders of her date in every little thing, prompting her to fall in love with the Chicago winter night around her and dream of the date ending differently.


Apocalypse Then (Part 1)

After an unknown world changing event, a man and a stupid man encounter a cult of roving cannibals.


Here, Now.

Alexis' invention allows her friendship transcend through time, and lets her see her future more clearly.


The Basement

In the apocalyptic aftermath of a zombie outbreak, two survivors battle the harsh truths of their present situation, finding out sometimes love can make things worse.

Hey, I'm Home.

A woman has trouble processing her
grief after the sudden death of her husband.

A film about the strangeness of grief, loss and the disembodiment of a loved one.

Prom Night

It’s prom time, and Nedry Murphy doesn’t have a prom date. Most importantly, he doesn’t have the confidence to approach his dream girl, Journey. This all changes on Ned’s birthday when he makes a wish to become an absolute stud. The wish comes true, but Ned only has 24 hours. Filled with newfound confidence, he asks Journey to prom. Eventually, however, Ned begins to realize what his new appearance has turned him into and is faced with a choice to make when the magic wears off.


Enter the Room

A young adult (Brian) is visited by his brother, Jeremy, who needs a place to stay as he settles into his new city. The two polar opposite personalities begin to clash as Jeremy's presence poses a threat to Brian's way of life. Brian's uptight personality and unreasonable living standards rub off on Jeremy, creating an incredible amount of tension. Bad blood, stemming from a traumatic past event reveals the shocking truth of the brothers' current situations, as Brian struggles to differentiate between reality and his worst nightmares.


A Stable Holiday

Skeptic of sappy seasonal films, Sarah finds herself in the center of a holiday love movie with a twist.



Jamie and Oliver are estranged siblings. Jamie has been in Los Angeles doing work as an assassin and Oliver is doing that same work in Chicago. When Jamie comes back to Chicago, she gets a call from her brother to have a sibling meeting. They meet at a diner and discuss some very difficult things as something seems to be wrong.


Four's Company

No Synopsis provided by Filmmaker.

Maniacs: Part One - A Run to Remember

When a battered woman suddenly stumbles on a bike trail, a couple fight to save her from an uncertain fate.