In most of the works on this program the parts are better than the whole, a common quality of student work; five of the six Chicago filmmakers are recent students. It’s good to see dramas about local political struggles rather than the usuual blockbuster subjects, but the story of a small-time labor-union struggle in Mike Moylan’s Alternating Current isn’t especially engaging, though its settings feel authentic. Worse, the presentation of ward politics in K.C. Kaufman’s My Fist Were for Nothing is only barely coherent. The clay animation in Margie Depakakibo’s The Art Museum has moments of charm, and Bill Bush-Boyce’s 55-minute long video documentary Bound by the River includes intriguing interviews with people who live near the Mississippi. The unacknowledged contradictions in the accounts they give of their lives are often fascinating, but Bush-Boyce does little to shape or give meaning to his material. The one work I really like is Regin Igloria’s North Branch, an animation “based on the filmmaker’s childhood memories” of a wooded area around the Chicago River. The surfaces of Igloria’s abstracted landscapes often vibrate with subtle changes, providing sensuous backgrounds for the moving objects we see while serving as affecting metaphors for the shifting textures of memory. Also showing are four short films by Andrew Carranza.