Chicago filmmaker Ron Lazzeretti, whose work includes the 1999 feature “The Opera Lover,” as well as writing and producing “The Merry Gentleman,” (2009), Michael Keaton’s directorial debut, returns with a quartet of Windy City-set stories in “Something Better Somewhere Else,” an improvised romantic comedy, shot, reportedly, over an eight-year period. Hurrah for local color and local filmmakers. Many improv-style everyday psychological mortifications may be anticipated. With John G. Connolly, Stephanie Childers, David Pasquesi. 76m. Preceded by “Graveyard,” a short (7m) from a thirteen-part series about tall tales, by Lazzeretti, Pasquesi, and Christian Stolte. DigiBeta video. (Ray Pride)
“Something Better Somewhere Else” plays May 21 and 24 at Siskel; Lazzeretti and producer Ed Amaya will appear.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.