Library Hours: A New Film by Jim Vendiola

Chicago, Illinois | Film Short

Drama, Romance

Jim Vendiola

1 Campaigns | Illinois, United States

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A recent widow named Camille falls into a strange, long-distance courtship with a librarian named Delphine, her dead husband’s first wife. LIBRARY HOURS is a sexy (and sex-positive) love story about books and bondage. Provocative, yet tasteful. And about Fifty Shades smarter than...that other movie.

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Mission Statement

Our creative team—like our narrative—is proudly diverse and comprises women and men, including a Filipino American writer-director, female producer, and a Latinx cast including a gender fluid pansexual performer. Our film poster is also a collaboration with a nonbinary/agender artist.

The Story

Strange children should smile at each other and say, "Let's play."

Tender is the Night


A recent widow falls into a strange, long-distance courtship with her dead husband’s first wife. With increasingly dark yet hopeful undertones and allusions to Malick, Resnais and Sappho, LIBRARY HOURS defies strict genre categorization, combining elements of erotic arthouse, drama, romance and epistolary fiction.

The film is currently in pre-production. Principal photography will begin Q1 2017 entirely in Chicago.


OUR GOAL is to deliver an intriguing tale with a unique approach—a satisfying viewing experience that's also an alternative to the bulk of mainstream content (i.e. non-diverse, male-driven, largely heterosexual narratives).


As a filmmaker and storyteller in our current sociopolitical climate, it’s also critical to consider that every film is a political film in content and practice, behind the scenes and beyond. So on behalf of the film, I will personally donate the equivalent of 10% of our campaign goal ($500) out-of-pocket, to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.



We can't thank you enough for helping us make our thought-provoking piece of cinematic art. In turn, I promise to put my money where my mouth is. Sound good? Good.


Happy Holidays; let's get to work!



Jim Vendiola


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Cash Pledge

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Editing Software

Costs $300

Old habits die hard! Help us (finally) upgrade to FCPX 10.3!

Pay (Talent)

Costs $1,000

Help us pay our fabulous onscreen talent!

Pay (Crew)

Costs $1,700

Help us pay the experienced, professional women and men working behind the scenes!

Travel + Housing

Costs $1,000

Travel + housing for cast & crew (6 days of production)

Feed Us

Costs $500

Help keep us going for (6) days with coffee, energy bars and simple meals!

Costumes, Hair, Makeup

Costs $150

Help us capture our characters' distinct look and feel!

Locations and Permits

Costs $350

Help us shoot in some really cool places and spaces!

About This Team

Jim Vendiola (Writer-Director)

Jim's work has screened internationally while his moody, visual, art-school approach to filmmaking has garnered critical notice over the years. He was recently named one of Newcity's FILM 50 of 2016, alongside such Chicago production notables as Dick Wolf, The Wachowskis, and Joe and Kris Swanberg—the list recognizes the top filmmakers and influencers who reflect and uplift the city every year. His 2015 psychological horror short, Violets, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's Audience Award, and is currently on a theatrical roadshow as part of Full Spectrum Features’ annual film anthology "Chicagoland Shorts Vol. II." The Independent Critic called the film, "difficult to describe...but impossible to forget."


Cam Damage (as "Camille")

Stormbringer. Unbroken feral child. Lover of rope + pain. Cam is a renowned alternative/fetish model based in Baltimore, working primarily in the United States and Europe. She's appeared in Vogue Italia, Purple Diary and ads for American Apparel, while her very NSFW Tumblr page currently boasts 115,000 followers.


Melissa Vento (as "Delphine")

Melissa is a SFX/beauty makeup artist working in the worlds of high fashion, film, television and commercials. She's repped by Adamis Group. Library Hours marks her debut performance as an actress. 



Captain Pancakes (as Himself)

Captain Pancakes is a semi-famous internet cat. He likes trash, and tolerates his human, Gracie Hagen's love of dressing him in costumes.


Laura Day (Producer)

Laura is a Chicago- and Detroit-based producer who regularly works with Eightfold Creative in conjunction with Leo Burnett. Her commercial clients have included General Motors and Neogen, while she's also been fortunate to have worked with award-winning narrative filmmakers, Lonnie Edwards and Layne Marie Williams. Having studied both Political Science and Film at Northwestern, Laura often finds herself drawn to work with social justice or conservation narratives. She's passionate about films that feature strong marginalized characters, as she believes in their ability to uproot prejudice.


Tony Moorman (Director of Photography)

Tony is a Cincinnati-based filmmaker, specializing in narrative films, music videos, and documentaries. In 2015 he produced, directed and released his documentary feature, Making IT, which follows the daily trials of a group of working artists, while his latest similarly themed documentary, C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator just wrapped. In 2001 he attended New York Film Academy with writer-director, Jim Vendiola, and co-lensed Jim's 2015 award-winner, Violets.


Joshua Lopatin (Sound Editor / Designer)

Joshua is a freelance recording engineer, post-production engineer, and music producer. He graduated at the top of his class at Columbia College Chicago, and spent years working on critically acclaimed rock and jazz music before transitioning to audio for film. His credits include Jim's previous Violets and Drift, and King is a Fink's I Hate Tommy Finch.

Current Team