Beneath the Blindfold with Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger

April 21, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

IFP/Chicago and Amnesty International USA present a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Beneath the Blindfold, on Monday, April 21, 7:00PM, at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).

Beneath the Blindfold tells the stories of four torture survivors who are among the more than 500,000 survivors who live in the United States.  The documentary was heavily lauded in its initial release, with Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader calling it “The Best Political Documentary of 2012.”  Sommer says the timing of the April 21st screening coincides with the Amnesty International USA Conference, which was held in Chicago on April 4 – 6, and the film bears echoes of this year’s conference theme “Bringing Human Rights Home.”

Matilde de la Sierra, whose story is featured in the film, along with Chilean human rights activist and survivor Mario Venegas and Chicago-based filmmakers Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger, will be present for a post-screening Q & A.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and film begins at 7:00 PM.
The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Beneath the Blindfold, visit the film’s website,

Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

Logan Theatre

(2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647)

April 2 to 6th

The 21st Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) showcases defiant and offbeat cinema. Sometimes subversive, often alluring and never dull, CUFF’s programing challenges the tired, the market-driven and the predictable works that dominate film. Now in its 21st year, CUFF celebrates the adventurous, experimental works that keep film artistic, aesthetic and just plain fun. With five full days of screenings, panel discussions, parties and live music, CUFF is one of Chicago’s most anticipated cross-cultural events.

Click here to see the full schedule

Individual Tickets
$8 General Admission
$7 for IFP/Chicago Members

Festival Passes
$60 General Admission
$40 for IFP/Chicago Members*

*To receive the IFP/Chicago Member discount code for festival passes, email

IFP/Chicago Presents “75 Minutes With Dylan Baker”

March 16, 2014
10:30 amto1:00 pm

IFP/Chicago Presents “75 Minutes With Dylan Baker”

IFP/Chicago invites you to spend some time with acclaimed actor/director Dylan Baker on Sunday, March 16 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602).  “75 Minutes with Dylan Baker” is the latest edition of IFP/Chicago’s series of conversations with the well-known and emerging directors, screenwriters and technical experts of independent cinema.  Doors open at 10:30AM with the discussion beginning at 11:00AM.  The event is free and open to the public.

IFP/Chicago’s “75 Minutes With …” series has previously featured such filmmakers as John McNaughton, Neil LaBute, Rose Troche and Harold Ramis.  These intimate talks engage both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike, providing behind-the-scenes reflections and personal insights about the filmmaking process.  Join IFP/Chicago for a thoughtful discussion with Mr. Baker, sharing his first-hand stories about the challenges and rewards of independent filmmaking.

Dylan Baker’s performance as Bill Maplewood in Todd Solondz’s controversial 1998 film “Happiness” was highly praised by critics and remains one of his best known roles.  On television, Mr. Baker was twice nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Colin Sweeney on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” For the theater, Mr. Baker has directed dozens of productions for such institutions as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Blue Light Theater, the Chautauqua Theatre Company and the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.  Under his direction, “The Torch-Bearers” for the Drama Department received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.  Most recently, Mr. Baker appeared in movie theaters as producer Freddie Shapp in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and on TV screens as Dr. David Arata on both of NBC’s hit dramas, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.” The 2014 independent feature “23 Blast” marks Mr. Baker’s feature directorial debut.

“We are delighted to spend 75 Minutes With Dylan Baker on March 16,” says IFP/Chicago president Carrie Holt de Lama.  “Dylan’s range of work embodies much of the philosophy of IFP/Chicago – fearless filmmaking featuring daring characters and unique stories. We’re looking forward to hearing about his career and his unique personal approach to filmmaking.”

21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

April 2, 2014toApril 6, 2014

The 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will be held April 2-6 2014 at the Logan Theater.
Please see for more details and tickets.

Independent Spirit Award Screenings

Independent Feature Project Chicago in coordination with Film Independent are presenting eight, members-only screenings of selected Film Independent Spirit Awards nominated films in the categories of Best Feature and Best Documentary.

Chicago’s Independent Spirit Awards Screenings are made possible through generous support from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) of Chicago.

All screenings will take place at Chicago Filmmakers located at 5243 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640.

Please note: Doors open at 6 PM, and the first film of the night will begin at 6:30 PM.

6:30 PM After Tiller
8:30 PM Gideon’s Army

6:30 PM Frances Ha
8:30 PM Nebraska

6:30 PM 20 Feet From Stardom
8:30 PM Inside Llewyn Davis

6:30 PM The Act of Killing

6:30 PM The Square

We are unfortunately unable to screen All is Lost and 12 Years A Slave due to incompatibility between formats provided by distributors and what the venue can project.

Chicago Film and Media Summit

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Producers Series

The Producers Series was programmed by IFP Chicago with sponsorship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

IFP Chicago The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Doc Trailers That Get You Funded!

First Floor Garland

10 am

Fernanda Rossi collaborates with filmmakers in all areas of storytelling, from development to fine cut. Author, international speaker and story analyst, she has doctored over 300 documentaries, scripts and fundraising trailers, including two nominated for Academy Awards. She will discuss how to take the guess work out of making the best trailer to get the funds you need to make your documentary.

Speaker: Fernanda Rossi, Author of Trailer Mechanics

Producing: The Chicago Way

Claudia Cassidy Theater

10:30 am

Everyone can agree: Chicago is a city that gets things done. It’s equal parts big talk and even harder work. It simply can’t take no for an answer. Chicago sounds an awful lot like a producer. In this panel, a diverse group of producers with ties to the city talk about what it takes to make a successful film and build a successful career, as well as what they like about “the city that works.ʺ

Panelists: Laurel Ward, Ice Harvest; Bob Teitel, Barbershop; Albert Berger; Nebraska, Little Miss Sunshine; Zak Piper, The Interrupters, Life Itself; Christina Varotsis, Money is Money, Division 19, How to Catch a Monster

Moderator: Steven A. Jones, The Harvest, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things

Decoding Distribution: From VOD to DIY

Claudia Cassidy Theater

12 pm

FESTIVALS, THEATRICAL, VOD, DIY . . . remember when the goal was to get your film in theaters and your audience’s butts in seats? Those were the days. Or were they? A depressed economy, increased globalization and a studio system focused on blockbuster hits has all but strangled access to the traditional indie distribution pipeline. But emerging markets and technologies are giving filmmakers direct lines to their audiences. So how do you create a successful distribution plan when the options are all over the map? Moderator Milos Stehlik leads a group of theatrical distributors, sales agents, festival programmers and other experts as they dissect the dizzying new world of distribution.

Panelists: Andrew Carlin, Music Box Films; Luke Marchetti, FilmBuff; Ryan Werner, independent film and marketing consultant

Moderator: Milos Stehlik, Facets Multimedia

Financing Your Film in the Age of Celebrity Crowdfunding

Claudia Cassidy Theater

1:30 pm

Crowd sourcing or co-pro? Pre-sales or private equity? There have never been more options for financing your film. Join a panel of financiers, experienced filmmakers and crowd-funding experts as they discuss available options and potential funding pitfalls for independent filmmakers. This panel is a must for both narrative and documentary filmmakers who are searching for the magic mix of funding sources for their next project.

Panelists: Albert Berger, Nebraska, Little Miss Sunshine; John Bosher, Chicago Overcoat; Duncan Cork, CEO of Slated

Moderator: Carrie Holt de Lama, IFP Chicago

Case Study: The Harvest

Claudia Cassidy Theater

3 pm

In this fascinating case study, these long time collaborators will be joined by actor – and former Chicagoan – Michael Shannon, and first time writer, Stephen Lancellotti. The filmmaking team will dissect the perils of putting together a “low-budget” indie thriller in today’s fractured marketplace. From conception through the ongoing search for distribution, this frank conversation covers both the art and business of putting together this film, why they decided to shoot in New York instead of Chicago and how Hurricane Sandy almost ended it all. The Harvest will have its World Premiere Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Panelists: Director: John McNaughton, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things; Writer: Stephen Lancellotti, The Harvest; Producer: Steve Jones Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mad Dog and Glory, Wild Things; Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison, Fruitvale Station, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, and, Any Day Now, Actor: Michael Shannon, Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Boardwalk Empire, Bug

Moderator: Tony Fitzpatrick, Chicago-based artist

Keynote: Dick Wolf

Claudia Cassidy Theater

5 pm

One of the most successful and respected creators/producers of crime dramas, Dick Wolf is the man behind the “Law & Order” franchise as well as the current network series, “Chicago Fire,” filmed entirely in Chicago. Mr. Wolf is a two-time Emmy® Award winner (Outstand Drama Series for “Law & Order”), a Grammy® Award-winning producer and a New York Time best-selling author for his debut novel, “The Intercept.” “Law & Order” ran for 20 seasons, tying “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running drama on television and earning a record-tying 11 consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy® nominations.

Limited seating is available for this keynote address.

Chicago Film and Media Summit, 10.20.2013

October 20, 2013
10:00 amto6:00 pm

A new film industry conference presented by the City of Chicago



Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

FREE. Limited to the first 500 people who sign up.

Click here to register today.

Chicago Underground Film Festival

May 31, 2012toJune 7, 2012
May 31, 2012toJune 7, 2012
May 31, 2012toJune 7, 2012

The 19th Chicago Underground Film Festival
May 31st – June 7th, 2012
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

at the Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office
Online through the Ticketmaster link under each film on the GSFC website or directly through Ticketmaster.

Tickets to each screening are $11/general admission. Other ticket prices are $7/student and $6/Film Center and IFP/Chicago members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787,, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

ALSO….This year, FESTIVAL PASSES are available!
$75 gets you into an unlimited number of screenings! This is well over a $130 value!
Buy your festival pass at the GSFC box office starting May 17th.
Plus, once CUFF is over, you can turn in your pass to the box office at the end of the fest to get a $5 discount on Siskel Membership.

You’ll still need to pick up a ticket at the box office before each screening. Please note that a festival pass needs to be presented at the box office for a ticket and does not guarantee a passholder entry if a screening sells out.

CUFF Kickstarter

The 19th Chicago Underground Film Festival is coming up May 31st to June 7th at the Gene Siskel Film Center.  As a new development, CUFF has established a Kickstarter to help cover transportation and lodging for out-of-town filmmakers.

CUFF aims not simply to screen film and video, but also to provide a forum for discourse between filmmakers and audience members. As external funding sources for the arts continue to disappear, it has become increasingly difficult for festivals to provide travel stipends, or for artists to finance their own plane tickets and hotel rooms. Each artist that CUFF is able to bring to Chicago enriches the festival experience for both the audience and the other filmmakers, and your donation will have a direct effect in sustaining CUFF’s role as a dynamic, challenging, and fun part of Chicago’s cultural calendar and summer film festival circuit.

For more information and donations go to:

April CUFF Salonathon

April 9, 2012
8:00 pmto11:00 pm


Monday April 9, 2012
screening starts at 9pm
Beauty Bar (1444 W Chicago Ave).
Hosted bar from 8pm to 9pm!!
(with RSVP to:

Drink Specials:$3 Drafts, $4 Well Drinks, & per usual $10 Martini + Manicures!

Films include:

Playing Alive by Mike Olenick 16 min

Boxcartoon by Matt Marsden 10 min

Video Terraform Dance Party by Jeremy Bailey 12 min

Boxes, Jesus and Sandwiches by Jennifer Matotek 2 min.

Voice On The Line by Kelly Sears 7 min.

Prison Beta by Lucas Dimick 22min.