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Cool Apocalypse is a 2015 comedy/drama/romance film written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, author and film studies instructor Michael Glover Smith. It stars Nina Ganet (''Henry Gamble's Birthday Party'') and theatrical actors Chelsea David, Adam Overberg and Kevin Wehby. The film had its world premiere at the Illinois International Film Festival in Aurora, Illinois, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, where it won the award for Best Dramatic Feature. Its second public screening occurred on May 8, 2015, at the South Carolina Cultural Film Festival in North Charleston, South Carolina, where Smith won the award for Best Director.
Cool Apocalypse takes place over a single summer day in Chicago: Paul (Wehby) and Julie (Ganet) are a couple just beginning. Julie finally takes the first step to introduce herself to Paul and they immediately connect. At the same time, Paul's roommate Claudio (Overberg) and his ex-girlfriend Tess (David) bicker like an old married couple as they run errands to prepare her for a summer job in Italy. These two couples come together for a good-bye dinner for Tess, where one relationship blossoms while the other shatters.
Cool Apocalypse was shot on high-definition digital black-and-white (with two brief color sequences) in 14 days during the summer of 2014. Shooting took place in various locations around Chicago. According to his "Director's Statement," Smith's goal in making the film was to "tell a simple story about relationships" and to collaborate closely with actors. Cool Apocalypse is dedicated to filmmakers Harold Ramis and Alain Resnais.
Cool Apocalypse had an invitation-only sneak preview screening in Chicago on December 28, 2014, where it received praise from a number of Chicago filmmakers and critics. On his website, Julian Grant compared the film to the work of directors Richard Linklater and Eric Rohmer but with a "unique hometown spin," adding, "You know these people and meet them in your everyday life – as the drama unfolds in the unique rhythms of today’s Chicago. Designed as a poignant look at love lost over the course of a long single day, this slice-of-life light drama burns with a restless heart well-constructed and nicely drawn by debut feature filmmaker Smith."