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These 17 films spread over two nights are mostly by School of the Art Institute students, and the 9 available for preview range from the intriguing but tedious (Motion Sickness) to the sometimes portentous (Baptism of Thieves) to the movingly personal (Spiritual Treasure). The Friday program includes two strong works. Stephen Rowland's A Beginner's Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang is a charming animated depiction of slang phrases in which objects are fused with their rhymes: pies appear inside of an eye; a road appears in the mouth of a toad. At first it seems each of the film's small sections will only illustrate the phrase that precedes it, but Rowland's transformations cause every image to hint at other things it might become and give language a similar sense of playfulness. Jennifer Stefanisko describes her Dial M for Mars as "nostalgia for 50s sci-fi" and says it "follows the last man on Mars." Her imagery mixes found footage (rockets, bomb tests) with a photographed narrative to create a highly elliptical structure in which little is explained, capturing the feel of SF films without their often silly story lines. The rapid pace of the editing and the way everyday objects--like a telephone--become actors in the drama give each image a suggestive intensity: objects are almost alive, and everything seems about to change in the face of a coming apocalypse. Also on the Friday program: Motion Sickness by Theresa Dillon, Spiritual Treasure by Bea Bellino, and films by David Gatten, Simon Lund, Elizabeth Cevrie, Joe Apichatpong, and Bridgette Wilson. The Saturday screening will include Baptism of Thieves by Richard Foley and films by Julie Goldstein, Carbon, Cheryl Elsbury, Zelda, Bea Bellino, Erika Mijlin, Joe Apichatpong, and Laura Heit. Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division, Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, 8:00, 384-5533. --Fred Camper


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