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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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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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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