Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There, Chicago Premiere
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There, Chicago Premiere

JOE FRANK - SOMEWHERE OUT THERE is a feature-length film that explores the life of award-winning audio artist Joe Frank whose career on radio and online has spanned four decades. Frank's highly produced radio shows can be described as innovative, abstract, underground, autobiographical, surreal, funny, disturbing, and thought-provoking meditations on the human condition.

The film features dozens of rare interviews with Joe's friends, actors, engineers, and closest associates. The doc weaves the stories together with a wide variety of Joe's radio shows to reveal his art, creative process, and personal life. The film stars Joe Frank, Harry Shearer, Ira Glass, David Cross, Grace Zabriskie, Alexander Payne, Larry Block, Debi Mae West, Ryan Cutrona, Laura Esterman, Tim Jerome, Larry Josephson, Terry Kinney, Arthur Miller, David Rapkin, and Lester Nafzger among others.
Q&A with Producer/Director D.P. Carlson following the screening!

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Rough Cut Screening: Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago
Mar
25
6:15 PM18:15

Rough Cut Screening: Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago

Please join us for a screening of ROY'S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD'S CHICAGO, an upcoming documentary from Rob Christopher. It's free!

Synopsis: Barry Gifford is one of America’s greatest storytellers. His work includes the novel "Wild at Heart", which was adapted by David Lynch into a Palme d’Or-winning film, and dozens of other screenplays, novels and books of poetry and essays. In a series of autobiographical stories spanning more than forty years he has chronicled the adventures of Roy, a boy coming of age largely on the gritty streets of 1950s Chicago.

In ROY'S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD'S CHICAGO, excerpts from the Roy stories performed by Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, and Lili Taylor will be interwoven with Gifford’s recollections of his childhood. Fusing vintage footage and photographs of Chicago with an evocative jazz score by Jason Adasiewicz, Roy’s World: Barry Gifford's Chicago will present an impressionistic portrait of a vanished world.

The documentary is co-produced by Michael Glover Smith.

Find more information on the project at the website: www.roysworldfilm.com

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Maximizing Production Dollars
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Maximizing Production Dollars

DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER EXPECTED ON JANUARY 30th, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 7PM ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th.

What would you do with $10,000? $50,000? $250,000? This panel sets out to answer those exact questions, asked and answered by the producers that have actually done it. Join us at this insightful panel on Maximizng Production Dollars! With Elizabeth Theiss, Jacquelyn Jamjoon and moderated by Jessica King.

Tickets and Information available here.

Elizabeth Theiss is a film producer based in Chicago. Notable credits include feature films WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD (released in 2018 by Gunpowder & Sky and available on iTunes and all other VOD platforms), THE ALLEY CAT (winner of the Chicago Award at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival), THE OTHER ONE, and the web series DAY 58, which she also co-wrote and co-directed. Additionally, she has worked on various television shows with networks including Netflix (the original series EASY), NBC and FOX.

Jacquelyn Jamjoom is a film and television producer, Jacquelyn has produced internationally renowned TV series’, feature films, music videos and commercial content for brands such as McDonalds, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and Facebook. Jacquelyn also serves as contract producer and director for Tastemade, an award winning food and travel network for the digital age. Some of Jacquelyn’s most recent narrative work includes seasons 3 and 4 of the hit Middle Eastern TV series WaMahyaya, award winning and independently produced TV pilot Public Housing Unit, which is currently making its way through the festival circuit, and Hunting God, a feature film currently in post production. She is currently producing a slate of web series for Chicago Media Angels.

Jessica King is an award-winning independent filmmaker who’s written and directed over a dozen web series. Her most recent work includes F*ck Yes, a modern sex ed series focused on improving communication (and sex) between consenting adults (distributed by Seed&Spark) and the queer dance series Full Out, which can be found on OpenTV, a platform for art and television by queer, trans and cis-women and people of color. She speaks around the country on topics related to filmmaking, social media, and crowd-funding. Her book Social Media Charm School is used to teach the art of audience engagement at film festivals and universities around the world.


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KNIVES AND SKIN: A Send-Off Reception
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

KNIVES AND SKIN: A Send-Off Reception

IFP Chicago and Stage 18 Chicago are proud to host a community reception in honor of Jennifer Reeder's new film Knives and Skin, which will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Join us to celebrate this achievement and to wish Jennifer Reeder, producers Jan and Brian Hieggelke, and the cast and crew of Knives and Skin good luck in Germany.

Space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knives-and-skin-a-send-off-reception-tickets-55083575457

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At the Table: I Used to Go Here
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

At the Table: I Used to Go Here

We launch the 2019 season of our table read series At The Table with Kris Swanberg's I USED TO GO HERE. Scheduled to begin shooting this June, I USED TO GO HERE revolves around a 35-year-old writer who gets mixed up in the lives of a group of college students after she’s invited to speak at her alma mater.

Tickets available here.

IFP Chicago & SAG-AFTRA Chicago members only. Visit the IFP/C FB member page for RSVP instructions.

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Entity Formation: From Screenplay to Production Company
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Entity Formation: From Screenplay to Production Company

Join us for a moderated conversation with attorney Ilya Zlatkin about why, when, and how to set up a legal entity for your production. The transition from screenplay to production company can be daunting. When should you involve an attorney? What kind of company should you create? When should you do it? What do you need? Moderated by Marci Rolnik Walker of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, this special event will shine a light on how to take this important step in commercializing your creative property.

Tickets available here.

Ilya Zlatkin focuses his practice on helping creatives, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses capitalize on their ideas. Since joining Ziliak Law in December 2015, Ilya has served as the head of the Business & Corporate practice and now leads the Entertainment & Media team. In his role as an “entrepretainment” attorney, Ilya seeks to foster his clients’ innovation and growth while simultaneously mitigating their risks. More about Ilya here.

Since she joined LCA in 2004, Marci Rolnik Walker has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. A former photographer, she focuses on giving artists real bargaining power, including adequate information to turn down commercially exploitative offers. Ms. Walker spent a decade managing LCA's attorney referral program and now heads LCA's LawSmarts outreach and CLE programming. Past leadership roles include chairing the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Chicago Bar Association's Media and Entertainment Committee, the Intellectual Property Committee of College Art Association, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee of Independent Features Project Midwest (IFP/ Chicago). More about Marci here.

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Rough Cut Screening: Sleeze Lake
Jan
15
6:15 PM18:15

Rough Cut Screening: Sleeze Lake

IFP Chicago members are invited to a rough cut screening of Sleeze Lake, an upcoming documentary from IFP Chicago members Nick Nummerdor and Andrew Morgan.

Sleeze Lake Synopsis: The year is 1977 and the custom van movement is at full-tilt-boogie. Midwest Vans Ltd is a club at the center of everything. Over 500 members and with multiple chapters, Midwest Vans set out to throw a truck0in to best all truck-ins. At a small campground in Monticello, Indiana, they set about building a ramshackle resourt town around what they christened "Sleeze Lake." They expected a few thousand people and a good time. Instead, over 6,000 vans and over 20,000 people showed up. That's when sh*t hit the fan.

When & Where: 6:15pm on Wednesday, January 15th at Flashpoint Chicago (28 N Clark). Follow our social media feeds for additional information. RSVP to info@ifpchicago.org or register on the Facebook event page.

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On Writing Genre
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

On Writing Genre

Stage 18 and IFP Chicago present new Fall 2018 programming all about screenwriting and screenwriters! Lead by Brad Riddell, this next event is about how to write for genre films.

Brad Riddell is a Chicago-based WGA screenwriter who has written feature films for Universal, Paramount, and independent producers. As an award-winning director, my work has been featured in film festivals across the United States and around the world. Having taught at the University of Southern California and SUNY Oswego, I am now a tenured screenwriting professor at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts in Chicago, and co-founder of Wry Mash Media.

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Navigating Screenwriting Competitions and Festivals
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Navigating Screenwriting Competitions and Festivals

Screenwriters can make a career out of submitting their screenplays to  screenwriting competitions, festivals, workshops, and labs. $35 here $55 there, over and over, year after year—with little more than a folder full of rejections, a hurting bank account, and a battered ego to show for it. It can be a demoralizing process and can leave the most dedicated screenwriter feeling helpless. 

What is the independent screenwriter to do? Well, that is an excellent and not-easily answered question. Join us for a moderated conversation between screenwriter Shelley Gustavson (whose screenplays are consistently recognized by Sundance, Austin, and the Nicoll competitions) and Scott Myers (professor of screenwriting at DePaul and host of GoIntoTheStory.com, the official screenwriting blog of the Black List) that will explore when and if to submit, what to look for when submitting, how to use screenplay competitions and festivals to your benefit, and when, if ever, to let go of a script and move on to a new idea.

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Documentary as Narrative
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Documentary as Narrative

A strong and well-crafted narrative is as vital to a documentary as it is to a narrative film, so why do we use "narrative" as the category that defines itself in opposition to documentary? Not only does this binary vex many documentarians, it arguably belies the foundational importance of narrative in documentary. Too frequently, emerging documentarians launch into projects that address timely and noble topics—poverty, abuse, inequality, systemic injustice—only to discover that an important issue does not automatically, or necessarily, make for an important film.

Join IFP Chicago and Stage 18 for a moderated conversation between two documentarians, Colette Ghunim and Dan Rybicky, about documentary as narrative. We'll discuss when and how the narrative of a documentary can be crafted; we'll hear about the panelists' own storytelling breakthroughs; and, finally, we'll talk through audience questions with as much specificity as time allows.

Tickets available at here.

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Road to the Writers' Room
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Road to the Writers' Room

Stage 18 and IFP Chicago present new Fall 2018 programming all about screenwriting and screenwriters!

Our first event, Road to the Writers Room, lead by Chris Parrish, will be a workshop all about the ins and outs of the writers room. A lecture about the realties, coupled with some real practice will be a great opportunity for young writers wanting to dip their toes into collaboartive screenwriting!

Tickets available here.

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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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#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/ 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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 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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