Note Taken: The Delicate Art of Receiving, Rejecting, and Responding to Script Notes
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Note Taken: The Delicate Art of Receiving, Rejecting, and Responding to Script Notes

Taking notes is like taking a beating. It's a matter of pride, of pain, of survival. But doing it well—that is, being adept at receiving, rejecting, and responding to notes from producers, agents, managers, and investors—is one of the single most valuable skills a screenwriter can learn. At stake may be the future of a project, of a professional relationship, of a career.

On Wednesday, June 27th, screenwriter and producer (and IFP Chicago board member) Amelia Dellos will lead a conversation on the delicate art of taking notes. Drawing on personal experiences, Amelia will go over the types of notes a writer can expect and will discuss the strategies involved in "taking" and/or "passing" on a note. 

Then, to provide a counterpoint to the writer's perspective, producer Sonny Mallhi will join Amelia for a discussion on script notes from the producer's perspective. An audience Q&A will follow and the evening will end with a light reception and time to network.

When & where: 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 27th at Stage 18 Chicago. This event is open to the public and is free to IFP Chicago members. Ticket information and RSVP here.

Amelia Estelle Dellos won a 2017 Watty for her novel, Delilah Recovered which was selected from 200,000 entries on the global online platform Wattpad. Her film Oriole Park was a finalist for the 2017 International Sundance Screenwriters Lab and was the winner of the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival's inaugural pitch competition. Her film Other Plans, a romcom starring Jamie Kennedy was released on VOD in 2016. Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, the documentary she produced, directed, and wrote was an official selection of the 2014 Women's International Film Festival.

Amelia is the co-founder of Corn Bred Films, a Chicago based production company. She also serves on the board of IFP Chicago (Independent Film Project) and is the founder of Women.Who.Write, a collective committed to empowering women writers. Finally, Amelia works as a storyteller and brand strategist for ODEA, a boutique marketing firm in Chicago.

Sonny Mallhi is a producer, writer, and director best known for producing the films The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and the 2008 horror phenom The Strangers.

Sonny is also the writer of the 2011 thriller The Roommate, and Anguish, his debut as a writer/director, was released in 2015. His follow-up, Family Blood, was released in early 2018 on Netflix.

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Plain Jane: A Table Reading
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Plain Jane: A Table Reading

A pivotal event in the life cycle of a screenplay, a table read is the opportunity to witness words brought to life, to participate in the synergy that collaboration brings to the creative process. If you have never attended the live reading of a screenplay by professional actors—and even if you have—this is not to be missed. A collaboration with SAG-AFTRA Chicago, this event is also a chance to scout some of the best actors working in Chicago. The reading will be followed by a moderated feedback session and the evening will end with a light reception.

Synopsis: Plain Jane follows buttoned-up Chicago morning news anchor Jane Wilson. After landing the network job of her dreams, Jane returns to her Bible Belt hometown to make sure a salacious secret from her past doesn't destroy her future.

Written by Keely Lewis Wise, Plain Jane is a winner of the 2017 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship. The Table Reading of Plain Jane is directed by filmmaker and producer at Digital Hydra, Jacquelyn Jamjoom.

When & Where: Monday, June 25th, 6:30pm at the offices of SAG-AFTRA (1 E. Erie St., Suite 660)

Admission is free to IFP Chicago members with RSVP. RSVP to info@ifpchicago.org. Please put Plain Jane in the subject line.

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An Educational Panel About Educational Distribution
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

An Educational Panel About Educational Distribution

If you can, consider your film as an educational tool and, therefore, as an educational product. Documentaries—and even narrative films—can be distributed and sold to educational institutions. Libraries. Museums. Colleges & universities. Join us for an in-depth conversation about how you can package your project for the educational market, a frequently untapped avenue of distribution yet one where filmmakers have the best potential to profit.

IFP Chicago is positively thrilled to welcome Thavary Krouch and Tim Horsburgh to Stage 18 for a detailed discussion on this vital topic. Moderated by filmmaker and IFP board member Ines Sommer, this event promises a deluge of helpful tips and industry insights. A light reception will follow the discussion. Be there!

When & where: 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 20th at Stage 18 Chicago.

Thavary Krouch is currently the Independent Film Coordinator for the Chicago Film Office. Thavary has over ten years' experience in film/media production and as an independent filmmaker. She's worked as a Freelance Producer, Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Teaching Assistant for the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, and most recently as a Film & Video Distribution Manager at Facets Multimedia. Thavary has a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Video from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Indiana University.

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As Director of Communication and Distribution for Kartemquin Films since 2009, Tim Horsburgh has led audience building campaigns for over 25 documentary films including the 2018 Academy Award-nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith+Eddie, and most recently the 2018 releases Minding the Gap and America To Me. Previous credits include Raising Bertie; Life Itself; The Interrupters; Typeface; The Trials of Muhammad Ali; The Homestretch; Almost There; No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson; and more. For these films Tim oversaw distribution and marketing campaign strategies that have reached millions of viewers and led to significant social impact, distribution revenue, and industry awards, covering the world's leading film festivals; domestic and international theatrical releases; domestic and international broadcasts; worldwide digital releases; awards campaigns; social media; and grassroots community engagement. Tim currently teaches in Northwestern University's MFA in Documentary Media program, and has spoken on film marketing and distribution, media advocacy, and film financing at film festivals around the country and abroad.

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The 25th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival
Jun
6
to Jun 10

The 25th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

IFP Chicago is gearing up for the 25th year of the Chicago Underground Film Festival. This year’s opening and closing films are Julia Nash's Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records and Lori Felker's Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO. View the lineup, purchase tickets, volunteer, and learn more about the Chicago Underground Film Festival here.

 

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On Programming 25 years of Underground Film: A Talk with Bryan Wendorf
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

On Programming 25 years of Underground Film: A Talk with Bryan Wendorf

On May 30, IFP Chicago and Stage 18 welcome Bryan Wendorf to talk about his 25 years programming the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Join us for snacks, drinks, and friendly faces as we celebrate underground film and the wacky world of festival programming.

This event is open to the public and free to IFP Chicago and Stage 18 members. Tickets & information here.

Wendorf co-founded the CUFF in 1994 and continues to work as its Lead Programmer and Artistic Director. He has served on the board of directors of IFP Chicago and has curated film programs at numerous venues including Conversations At The Edge at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), Transmediale (Berlin), Spectacle (Brooklyn) and the Revelation Film Festival (Perth). Wendorf studied fine art at Columbia College Chicago, and has written articles about film, music, comics and popular culture for a variety of publications including New City, Indiewire, It's Only A Move!, and Wormwood Chronicles. His film credits include Buzzard (2014) and The Last Blood Orgy (2013). IFP Chicago members are welcome to join. Purchase tickets, volunteer, and learn more about the Chicago Underground Film Festival here.

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Interesting & Important: All the Information About All the Insurance
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Interesting & Important: All the Information About All the Insurance

Inland Marine is a thing. So is E&O. So is Workers Comp. Filmmakers need—or need to know about—all three kinds of insurance. Join as Chris Johnson of Johnsonese Brokerage untangles the intimidating world of insurance. Take notes. Ask questions. Drink beer.

Or water. We'll have snacks, beer from Lagunitas, and water from Boxed Water.

6pm Wednesday, May 23rd at Stage 18 Chicago.

This event is free to IFP Chicago & Stage 18 members and is open to the public.

Christopher Johnson is the founder of Johnsonese Brokerage, an insurance agency with a focus on the arts and entertainment. Johnson holds a MBA from the University of Michigan and a BBA from the University of Toledo. Johnson is a board member and treasurer of the Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois Production Alliance. Johnson was also president of the Michigan Ross Alumni Club of Chicago. He was a program advisory committee member for Madison Media Institute film bachelor’s program. Johnson has guest lectured on insurance at DePaul University, Columbia College, and Harrington College of Design.

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Illinois Film Tour
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Illinois Film Tour

Full Spectrum Features and IFP Chicago are excited to announce the next stop on the Illinois Film Tour. On May 15th, we will host a screening of Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 5:30 pm at the Galesburg Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

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On Distribution: A Finished Film is Just the Beginning
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

On Distribution: A Finished Film is Just the Beginning

On the evening of Wednesday, May 9th, special guest Louis Ferrara will speak with IFP Chicago members about film distribution. Ferrara is the Deputy Director of the Illinois Film Office, a position he ascended to after years of experience in the film industry. Before joining the Illinois Film Office, Ferrara worked as Director of Development and Production for Sergei Bodrov, a two-time Academy Award nominated director, producer, and screenwriter. Under this banner, his credits include Seventh Son, Paradise Club, and Blacksmith. Prior to this, Ferrara worked in the Talent division of United Talent Agency and in the Motion Picture Literary division of the William Morris Agency. Ferrara got his start in the industry working on the sets of Hollywood films like At First Sight and XX/XY before serving as Production Coordinator on over 130 episodes of The Simpsons. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, Ferrara will delve into self distribution strategies as well as marketing, social media management, and film festival strategy. A remarkable opportunity to learn more about the challenging terrain of independent distribution, this free-to-members event is also a chance to enjoy a light reception and to network with filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around Chicago's resurgent film community.

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Screenplay Table Read Series Kickoff!
Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Screenplay Table Read Series Kickoff!

Join us on January 15th for a live table read of The Pitch at Industry Days 2017 winner "Girl with Child" written and directed by Maria Abraham and produced by Luz Agudelo Gipson. A guided feedback session moderated by Keaton Wooden follows the reading, as well as time to network and learn more about this initiative.

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IFP Chicago's 30th Birthday Bash!
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

IFP Chicago's 30th Birthday Bash!

We’re turning 30 and to celebrate we're throwing our IFP Chicago 30th Birthday Bash at NoiseFloor. Come celebrate with us for a night of entertainment, raffle prizes, drinks, food and fun. We will also be talking about new IFP Chicago programs and give a sneak peek of what our members are working on now.

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