This indie comedy was shot over a period of four years in Memphis, one of my favorite places but also, its musical tourism notwithstanding, a hick town that feels completely enclosed from the outside world. Molly Whuppie, an ugly duckling in high school, wakes one morning in a strange house with a dead swan lying beside her, which she stuffs into her backpack and takes home. The avian motif continues as Molly mysteriously lays a giant egg and, seeking counsel from the school librarian, learns that the woman turns into a giant stork at night. Long before the climactic moment when Molly sprouts giant wings and flies away, writer-directors Katherine Dohan and Alanna Stewart have beaten their fantasy element into the ground, but when you work on a movie for four years, it's easy to lose perspective. Continue reading >>
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The annual Chicago Underground Film Festival opens with a high school fantasy set in Memphis.