FIRST FEATURE AUDIENCE AWARD
93 minutes, Color
In Person: Director Gregory Dixon and Star/Writer McKenzie Chinn
Written by its star, the talented McKenzie Chinn, and directed as an MFA thesis film by Gregory Dixon, Olympia is a loving picture of Chicago's black artist community and a personal drama of a woman caught at an unforgiving crossroads: she's turning 30, her mother is dying, and she's stuck in a dead-end job. An art-school graduate, Olympia has beautiful dreams of success and, to judge by her portraits, the talent to attain it. What is stopping her? Meanwhile, her musician boyfriend, Felix (Charles Andrew Gardner), thinks he knows what holds him back: money. He's taken a job with a tech startup heading to Silicon Valley. With a visual design that incorporates animation, Olympia the film explores Olympia the character's artistic thesis that everything is constantly changing. Olympia is also a visual love letter to ever-vibrant Chicago, making Felix's impending move to Cupertino, California, an inside joke. —Judy Bloch
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