• Dan Dinello in Wheels of Fury (1998)

Back in 1998 I wrote a Reader profile of Columbia College professor Dan Dinello, whose latest film, Shock Asylum, was then screening in the Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival. Nowadays Shock Asylum is most notable for being the big-screen debut of Stephen Colbert, who’d been collaborating on various TV projects with Dan’s older brother, Paul Dinello. But tonight the spotlight is on Dan as he retires from Columbia after 33 years. Dan Dinello RetireSpective: 33 Years in 45 Minutes collects excerpts from not only Shock Asylum but the western parody Wheels of Fury (1998), the “new wave/disco melodrama” Rock Lobster (1979), the locally oriented documentaries Chicago Halloween (1988) and Pink Triangles Rising (1983), the 1986 music video Dinello directed for Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and episodes from the Comedy Central series Strangers With Candy, which starred Colbert, Paul Dinello, and their frequent writing and performing partner Amy Sedaris.