Up Against a Star | Chicago Reader

Up Against a Star

Though dubbed “the Spielberg of the digital age” by a TV newsmagazine, video maker Todd Verow might prefer a comparison to Andy Warhol, whose name is frequently invoked in this parodic self-tribute. Like Warhol, Verow has a stable of superstars and hangers-on, many of whom (including producer Jim Dwyer and punky starlets Brenda Velez and Eric Sapp) sing his praises. Verow passionately expounds on the mechanics, the validity, and the freedom of his shoestring epics. Capped by scenes of Verow and his entourage enjoying their 15 minutes at festivals in Berlin, Locarno, and Vienna, this cheeky and congratulatory documentary does have its poignant moments, like the sequence in which actress Philly returns to her childhood home to face a life she's eagerly left behind. CUFF cofounder Bryan Wendorf makes a cameo appearance. 85 min.

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