Community Organizing

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center - GAR Hall and Rotunda
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

The Indie Caucus, along with WTTW, WNET, PBS, POV, Independent Lens, and ITVS, will be in Chicago for the third and final stop in the National Listening Tour for Independent Films on PBS.

Hosted by
Kartemquin Films,
371 Productions,
Chicago Film Office, and
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Make your voice heard on the last stop of the PBS Listening Tour in Chicago. This is your chance to help set the priorities and share ideas around strengthening viewership, distribution, and community engagement of independent film.

It's our final chance to be heard. We need YOU to be there and to speak up. Please rsvp here: https://pbslisteningtourchicago.eventbrite.com

If you are in or around Chicago, please join this important conversation.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:00 pm

Situated at the intersection of climate justice and the long-term struggle to dismantle structural racism, COOKED: Survival by Zip Code is a searing, yet quirky, investigation into the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the unnatural ones we’re not.

Inspired by the ground-breaking book "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago" by Eric Klinenberg, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave--in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week--deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Along the way, Helfand forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism, daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number and not a life-or-death sentence?

This is an Indie Lens Pop-Up OVEE Screening hosted by Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and Arkansas PBS, in conjunction with Independent Lens, ITVS, Just Communities of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM). It is a weekly series of curated inspirational documentary films with panelists. SCHEDULE April 19: True Conviction (moderated by APJMM) April 26: (moderated by AMFAA) May 3: For Sama (moderated by ACS) May 10: I Am A Girl (moderated by JCA) May 17: Music in Arkansas: Origins (moderated by ArPBS) May 24: College Behind Bars (moderated by WFYMALC)

Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 pm

In July 1995, a scorching three-day stretch caught the city unprepared, leaving 739 dead. Most victims were Black, elderly and poor living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods: Englewood, Fuller Park, and Roseland, to name a few. For reasons ranging from illness and immobility to poverty and fear, none were prepared for a weather event of such magnitude. COOKED: Survival By Zip Code investigates how one of Chicago’s worst disasters unfolded. On the 25th annversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, PBS will air an encore broadcast of COOKED as a look back at what happened and why. 

Check your local listings. 

Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00 pm

In honor or Earth Week, #StayHomeWatchTogether, a global initiative to bring groundbreaking, documentaries to online audiences this April, will host a virtual screening of COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Director Judith Helfand and Danielle Perry, Executive Director of Growing Home. Please join us!

RSVP here.

Represent World Premieres at CIFF44 Streams

Kartemquin is exciting to announce that Represent is enjoying its world premiere as part of CIFF44 Streams, April 15th - 28th.

In her debut feature, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker Hillary Bachelder creates a tender and often unexpected portrait of three passionate women candidates, the challenges they face, and a glimpse at what we all have to gain when women shape the future of our communities and ultimately, our country. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:00 pm

We are excited to announce CIFF44 Streams is live featuring Hillary Bachelder's debut feature Represent!

CIFF44 Streams will be live Wednesday, April 15, 2020 through 11:59 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 

CIFF44 Streams viewers have access to single screening tickets at $8 per film. Current CIFF members at all levels have been given all-access login credentials.  

NOTE: Due to distributor/filmmaker restrictions, access to CIFF44 Streams is geo-restricted to viewers in Ohio.
Your credit card must have an Ohio billing address in order for your CIFF44 Streams order to be processed.

Like seats at Film Festival theaters, all streams are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Every film is limited to a maximum number of streams or “seats” due to distributor/filmmaker restrictions.

For answers to more of the most commonly asked CIFF44 Streams questions, check out the FAQs!

Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:00 pm

'63 Boycott will be featured on Will-TV as part of the Reel Midwest Film Series. Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today, ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism. 

Illinois Public Media hosts the second season of Reel Midwest, an independent film series that helps to find and broadcast the best feature, documentary, and short films from Illinois and across the Midwest. Learn more here.

Friday, April 3, 2020 10:00 am

Gene Siskel Film Center
Siskel Center From Your Couch Series
https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/cooked,

She read Eric Klineberg’s acclaimed book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, and then Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand (BLUE VINYL) took a hard, personal, and often quirky look at the inequity of natural disaster, beginning with her family’s own experience of Hurricane Sandy. She ultimately zeroes in on Chicago’s shockingly inadequate response to the deadly July 1995 heatwave, during which the city morgue overflowed with the sudden deaths of 739 citizens, largely the elderly and people of color from the city’s impoverished South and West Side. This audacious look at natural disaster American-style starts with the stark premise that a zip code can be an accurate predictor of life or death when nature unleashes its worst. With increasing frequency and force, climate change sets the agenda for hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and such, but systemic neglect, deep poverty, and political expediency have already drawn the line between the survivors and the doomed, even before disaster strikes.

Stream the film here.

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