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July 3–9

Chicago Premiere

Closer to God

Film still: Closer to God
"An ambitious, thoughtful and provocative take on the Frankenstein story"
  —Screen International
"With admirable economy, writer-director Billy Senese has crafted an eerie piece that's as much an effective cautionary tale as it is a stirring film of ideas"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Disturbing... [Jeremy] Childs' performance is quite riveting"
  —Gapers Block

In this dark, gritty sci-fi thriller, a brilliant scientist (Jeremy Childs) achieves a radical breakthrough by cloning the first human being. This immediately becomes a media spectacle and ignites an ethical, legal, and religious firestorm of debate concerning the moral and religious implications of such a discovery. Soon, Dr. Reed and his family lose all sense of privacy and safety as they are swarmed by protesters and the media. However, an even greater threat looms, a horrific failure from the doctor's past that can no longer be kept hidden.

Directed by Billy Senese, U.S.A., 2014, 82 mins.


  • Fri.–Sat., Jul. 3–4 at 9:45 & 11:30 pm
  • Sun.–Thurs, Jul. 5–9 at 7:45 pm
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