At The Table: Hitch Slapped
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

At The Table: Hitch Slapped

  • 1 E. Erie St., Suite 660 Chicago, Illinois, 60611 (map)
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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.

SynopsisHitch Slapped is about a popular social media influencer named Jane, who is about to have her perfectly planned Valentine's Day Wedding televised and live streamed on a reality show called, "Bride or Die." During the rehearsal, a large white tail buck charges in from the forest, knocks her oh-so-wrong fiance, Norman, out and runs off with Jane's heirloom wedding band on its antler. After several tries to recover the ring, her only option is turn to the town's Sheriff, Woody, whose only goal is to keep the small town of Perfect calm during Jane's wedding circus and an upcoming annual deer hunt. With the TV network demanding Jane to still have a wedding, she has no choice but to set out with Woody into the forest to find the deer. Now, with time running out, Jane must must retrieve the expensive heirloom or her wedding will be a disaster before millions.

When & Where: Monday, September 24th, 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 Hitch Slapped in the subject line.

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#FilmmakerFriday w/ Jim Vendiola
Sep
28
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday w/ Jim Vendiola

Stepping in as host of #FilmmakerFriday on September 28th is filmmaker Jim Vendiola. Join us for a viewing of Jim’s provocative short film Library Hours, for a discussion about Jim’s work, and for casual networking.

4:30pm - 6pm every Friday at Stage 18 Chicago. BYO!

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network. Whatever your interest in film, you are welcome at Filmmaker Friday.

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#FilmmakerFriday w/ Amy Guth
Oct
5
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday w/ Amy Guth

Stepping in as host of #FilmmakerFriday on October 5th is Amy Guth, executive director of the Midwest Independent Film Festival. Join us to talk all things Midwest, independent, film, and festival.

4:30pm - 6pm every Friday at Stage 18 Chicago. BYO!

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network. Whatever your interest in film, you are welcome at Filmmaker Friday.

4:30pm - 6pm every Friday at Stage 18 Chicago.

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#FilmmakerFriday w/ Jennifer Reeder
Oct
12
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday w/ Jennifer Reeder

Stepping in as host of #FilmmakerFriday on October 12th is writer and filmmaker Jennifer Reeder, whose feature films include Signature Move and the recently-wrapped Knives and Skin. Join us!

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network. Whatever your interest in film, you are welcome at Filmmaker Friday.

4:30pm - 6pm every Friday at Stage 18 Chicago.

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The Pitch at Industry Days
Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

The Pitch at Industry Days

Call for Submissions are now open for the 4th Annual “The Pitch at Industry Days," presented by IFP Chicago and Chicago International Film Festival.

With the goal of spotlighting and elevating high quality work from Chicago and from the Midwest, "The Pitch at Industry Days" invites filmmakers with narrative features in late stage development to apply for this the opportunity to present their projects in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges.

The winning project will receive an awards package of in-kind services from Chicago-area production facilities and organizations—to include consultation, production, post-production services, and mentorship from industry decision-makers.

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend informational sessions—intended to provide practical advice on crafting the perfect pitch—scheduled for 6:30pm on August 2nd at Stage 18 Chicago and 6:30pm on August 8th at 2112 Chicago.

The Early Deadline is August 20, 2018, and the Late Deadline is September 4, 2018. "The Pitch at Industry Days" will be held October 14, 2018.

For more information, click here.

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#Filmmaker Friday w/ Chase Joynt
Oct
26
4:30 PM16:30

#Filmmaker Friday w/ Chase Joynt

Stepping in as host of #FilmmakerFriday on October 26th is author, filmmaker, and video artist Chase Joynt. Chase is the author of You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition. His films include Genderize and Between You and Me. Join us!

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network. Whatever your interest in film, you are welcome at Filmmaker Friday.

4:30pm - 6pm every Friday at Stage 18 Chicago.

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#FilmmakerFriday with Eddie Linker
Aug
31
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday with Eddie Linker

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network.

Free to IFP Chicago members, Stage 18 members, and to first time visitors.

Come join Eddie Linker, a producer, businessman, and teacher from Chicago on Friday, August 31st from 4:30-6:00pm. He was the executive producer of Happy Christmas, directed by Joe Swanberg, and Digging For Fire, starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Orlando Bloom. He is also the Co-Founder of Forager Films, LLC. Come hang out at Stage 18 Chicago with other members. BYO! See you there!

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#FilmmakerFriday with Colette Ghunim
Aug
17
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday with Colette Ghunim

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network.

Free to IFP Chicago members, Stage 18 Chicago members, and to first time visitors.

Joining us Friday August 17th from 4:30-6:00pm will be Colette Ghunim, a Chicago-based filmmaker. She recently co-directed The People's Girls, an award-winning documentary on one of Egypt’s growing problems: sexual harassment. The film looks at those who are at fault as well as the strong individuals who are fighting back. She is currently working on Traces of Home, a look at immigrants and their relationship with the U.S. and their homeland. Come hang out at Stage 18 Chicago with other members. BYO!. See you there!

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#FilmmakerFriday with Lori Felker
Aug
10
4:30 PM16:30

#FilmmakerFriday with Lori Felker

IFP Chicago began in 1987 when a group of filmmakers started getting together to share and discuss their work. With Filmmaker Friday, we continue that tradition by providing a regular meeting space where Chicago's film community can work and network.

Free to IFP Chicago members, Stage 18 members, and to first time visitors. BYO!

Joining us this week will be Lori Felker, a Chicago-based filmmaker, artist, teacher, and performer. Her works have been shown at festivals around the world, including Rotterdam International Film Festival, NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, and the Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago. Her latest project, FUTURE LANGUAGE: The Dimensions of VON LMO was the closing night film of the 2018 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

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The Pitch at Industry Days: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Pitch
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Pitch at Industry Days: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Pitch

In preparation for The Pitch at Industry Days, IFP Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival invite you to a step-by-step guide to crafting the perfect pitch. 

Now in its fourth year, The Pitch at Industry Days gives filmmakers the opportunity to present their projects in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges. With the goal of spotlighting and elevating high quality work from Chicago and from the Midwest, The Pitch at Industry Days is designed to benefit projects currently in advanced development. The winning project will receive an awards package of in-kind services from Chicago-area production facilities and organizations—to include consultation, production, post-production services, and mentorship from industry decision-makers. Past winners have been invited to the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Fellowship, to  IFP New York’s Project Forum Film Slate, and to Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network. Signature Move, a 2015 honorable mention, found critical traction at The Pitch at Industry Days and went on to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival before screening at over 150 festivals around the world. 

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75 Minutes with Robert Schwentke
Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

75 Minutes with Robert Schwentke

IFP Chicago, in partnership with Music Box Films, invites you to spend  75 Minutes With Robert Schwentke, director of The Captain. A discussion led by filmmaker Michael Caplan, professor of film at Columbia College, will focus on Schwentke's craft and career. The Captain is based on the true story of the Executioner of Emsland, and it opens July 27 in the United States.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Schwentke studied philosophy before transitioning to film in the United States where he studied at Columbia College Hollywood as well as the American Film Institute. His first feature film, "Tattoo" (2002) won the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto as well as the Grand Prize European Fantasy Film Award at the Sweden Fantastik Filmfestival. His other notable films include "Flightplan," "R.I.P.D," and "Red."

This event takes place at 3pm on Friday, August 3rd, at Stage 18 Chicago. For tickets and additional information, click here.

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The Pitch at Industry Days: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Pitch
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

The Pitch at Industry Days: A Guide to Crafting the Perfect Pitch

In preparation for The Pitch at Industry Days, IFP Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival invite you to a step-by-step guide to crafting the perfect pitch. 

Now in its fourth year, The Pitch at Industry Days gives filmmakers the opportunity to present their projects in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges. With the goal of spotlighting and elevating high quality work from Chicago and from the Midwest, The Pitch at Industry Days is designed to benefit projects currently in advanced development. The winning project will receive an awards package of in-kind services from Chicago-area production facilities and organizations—to include consultation, production, post-production services, and mentorship from industry decision-makers. Past winners have been invited to the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Fellowship, to  IFP New York’s Project Forum Film Slate, and to Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network. Signature Move, a 2015 honorable mention, found critical traction at The Pitch at Industry Days and went on to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival before screening at over 150 festivals around the world. 

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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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At The Table: Plain Jane
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

At The Table: Plain Jane

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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