Shortcuts Short Film Contest


Congratulations to Lonnie Edwards for winning the 2014 Shortcuts short film competition!
The winning film, "Parietal Guidance" was written and directed by Lonnie Edwards and stars his daughter, Alinah Edwards.  Edwards is a self-taught filmmaker, a board member of Chicago Artbeat Studios in the Austin area, and a
curator of charity events with Chicago-based theatre group Collaboraction. 

"Parietal Guidance" introduces us to a young girl, Alinah, as she walks through the city of Chicago, encountering many
people along the way.  The portrayal of Alinah is vulnerable, spirited, and poised.  As a single dad, Edwards spends a lot
of time listening to his children tell stories about their days.  He was inspired by his children and how much they go through
in a single day.  The title, "Parietal Guidance," is a play on words involving the parietal lobe of the brain that interprets
information.  In this case, the central character is attempting to analyze the world without much input from adults.

"Parietal Guidance" screened as part of the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival short films program on October 14, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. at AMC River East 21 in Chicago.
Shortcuts was designed to encourage filmmakers across the state to explore their creativity and showcase their skills.  All
Illinois residents 18 and over were invited to enter the competition.  Also, all students of Illinois colleges and universities
were eligible to submit entries, regardless of residency. 

Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office and Shortcuts
winner Lonnie Edwards with his children Alinah & Jayden