Podtalk: ‘Relative’ by Michael Glover Smith, Digital Streaming Beginning on May 21, 2024

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CHICAGO – Writer/director Michael Glover Smith’s award-winning feature film “Relative” (2022) was snapped up by Chicago-based Music Box Films, and will have its Digital release on May 21st, 2024. But first, how about one more special screening at the historic Music Box Theatre on Wednesday, May 15th. Click RELATIVE at for tickets and info.

“Relative” is a film about transition, as a family gathers for the youngest son/brother’s college graduation. Each individual family member is dealing with a situational crossroads, and the family togetherness both modifies and challenges them. Meanwhile, the college graduate (Cameron Scott Roberts) has serendipitously fallen for Hekla (Elizabeth Stam). The film also features Wendy Robie, Francis Guinan, Keith D. Gallagher, Emily Lape, Melissa DuPrey and Clare Cooney.

Photo credit: Music Box Films

Writer/Director Michael Glover Smith is also an author and film studies instructor (at Oakton Community College, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and elsewhere), and is based in Chicago. His first feature film, “Cool Apocalypse,” premiered in 2015, the same release year as his first book, “Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry.” His next two films were “Mercury in Retrograde” in 2017, and “Rendezvous in Chicago” in 2018. “Relative” was delayed 13 months due to the pandemic, and was complete in 2021. His latest short film, doing the festival circuit, is “Handle with Care.”

In PART ONE of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, writer/director Michael Glover Smith explains that everything is “Relative” …

In PART TWO Professor Smith corrects the interviewer’s French pronunciation, the origin of which has been cleverly edited out …

In a Video Clip, Michael Glover Smith gives the pitch …

Trailer for “Relative” …

”Relative” will screen in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre on May 15th, 2024, with the digital release through Music Box Films on May 21st (click here). Featuring Wendy Robie, Francis Guinan, Cameron Scott Roberts, Elizabeth Stam, Keith D. Gallagher, Emily Lape, Melissa DuPrey and Clare Cooney. Written and directed by Michael Glover Smith. Not Rated.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

© 2024 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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