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Elk Grove Village man wins big at Elgin Short Film Festival

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  • Rocco Cataldo of Elk Grove Village brandishes his first place prize from the fourth annual Elgin Short Film Festival for his black comedy "Wednesday's Child."

       Rocco Cataldo of Elk Grove Village brandishes his first place prize from the fourth annual Elgin Short Film Festival for his black comedy "Wednesday's Child."
    Dann Gire | Staff Photographer

  • Two Northwest suburbanites directed final entries in Saturday night's Elgin Film Festival. Rocco Cataldo, left, of Elk Grove Village won first place for his black comedy "Wednesday's Child." Andrew Papke of Hoffman Estates directed both "Toolshed" and "Memoirs of a Parapsychologist."

       Two Northwest suburbanites directed final entries in Saturday night's Elgin Film Festival. Rocco Cataldo, left, of Elk Grove Village won first place for his black comedy "Wednesday's Child." Andrew Papke of Hoffman Estates directed both "Toolshed" and "Memoirs of a Parapsychologist."
    Dann Gire | Staff Photographer

 
 

An Elk Grove Village movie director and his team of filmmakers won first prize and $1,000 Saturday night at the fourth annual Elgin Short Film Festival at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin.

Rocco Cataldo, 35, took first prize for his black comedy short "Wednesday's Child," a darkly comic look at a little girl who begins her story with the sentence, "I didn't mean to kill my parents."

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Second place, and $500, went to an imaginative documentary on the personal importance of three people's tattoos, "Tattoo Underground," made by a group of Minnesota filmmakers. They were not in attendance at the fest.

Third place and $300 went to "Your Milkman," a slice of life drama about a would-be Lothario milkman in a diner who hits on the more than willing wife of a local politician. Director Daniel Skubel, a Chicago resident, said the story was inspired by one of his relatives, a real-life milkman who delivered more than cow's milk.

"We had 32 submissions from California to Maryland," said Joe Vassallo, the festival's co-chair.

A blue ribbon committee of Elgin residents with an interest in the arts gave the original submissions the first pass to come up with the five finalists.

Two of those finalists -- the psychological thriller "Memoirs of a Parapsychologist" and the personal poem of remembrance "Toolshed" -- were submitted by Hoffman Estates filmmaker Andrew Papke, who recently moved to Los Angeles.

An estimated 600 people attended the fest Saturday, an event hosted by comedian and master-of-ceremonies Mike Toomey. Entries for next year's film fest will be accepted beginning March 1 and must be postmarked no later than Aug. 16.

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