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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:

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

Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:00 pm

Nationwide, USA,

Join for a live panel discussion of Hillary Bachelder's new acclaimed documentary Represent on Thursday, August 20 at 8pm CT.

Joined by Hillary will be subject and candidate from Illinois Julie Cho along with her campaign manager (also featured in the film), Bobby Burns. The discussion will be moderated by Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes!

RSVP here for a private Zoom link, which will be emailed to attendees on Thursday.

Watch Represent virtually through the Music Box Theatre.

For those outside of Chicago who would like to watch and attend, find a screening link for a theater near you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:00 am

Nationwide, USA,

Hillary Bachelder, director of Represent is a featured panelist at IFP's Documenting Generations of Changemakers presented by HBO Documentary Films. The panel will be moderated by Kartemquin Board Chair Pamela Sherrod Anderson.


In the summer of 2020, activism has returned to the center stage as young people have taken to the streets to stand up for their beliefs with the intent to create change in our society. Join us for a conversation with the filmmakers of Boys State, Crip Camp, Represent, and Us Kids who will discuss their process of documenting young activists looking to change societal issues as well as the various points of view in which these stories come to life. 

Moderated by Pamela Sherrod Anderson

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (non-members)

Friday, August 14, 2020 12:00 am

Nationwide, USA ,

Represent follows three women in the American Midwest confronting entrenched political systems in their campaigns for elected office and fighting to reshape local politics on their own terms.

The first feature from director Hillary Bachelder will be streaming as part of a virtual theatrical release on August 14, 2020, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, that noted any discrimination on the basis of sex can’t stand, allowing white women the right to vote. The movement, however, continued after 1920 for the women of color who didn’t get the right to vote under the 19th Amendment. 

Equal parts personal and political, Represent interweaves the stories of women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. Myya (22) attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit, MI; Bryn (33), a farmer and working mother in Granville, OH, runs for township trustee, but, in doing so, is placed in opposition with the only other woman in office; and Julie (47) walks a tightrope between her identities as a Korean immigrant, woman of color, and Republican candidate for State Representative in a liberal Chicago, IL suburb. Through portraying the nuances of local politics, Represent elevates both the systemic failings and unsung heroes at the heart of our “smallest” elections.

Tickets will be available for purchase through both Laemmle Theatres or Music Box Films

Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:30 pm


Unapologetic, the feature debut of Ashley O’Shay and producer Morgan Elise Johnson will have its premiere on opening night at the BlackStar Film Festival, Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 ET/6:30 CT.

The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global communities of color—showcasing films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from around the world.


For more information on tickets, passes, and the full lineup, visit here


After two Black Chicagoans are killed, millennial organizers challenge an administration complicit in state violence against its residents. Told through the lens of Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionist leaders, Unapologetic is a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:00 am

Connecticut USA ,

Maria Finitzo's The Dilemma of Desire will be available for streaming in Connecticut as part of the New Haven Documentary Film Festival

NHdocs was created to bring filmmakers and film lovers together, to build a community, an appreciative audience for documentary films, and the people who make them.

The festival runs from August 18th, 2020 to August 23rd,2020. Buy passes. 


Entertaining, thrilling, and radical, The Dilemma of Desire explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies about female sexual desire, bodies, and - ultimately - power. The film is a powerful reminder that true equality will come only when we all arrive at a place of understanding and acknowledgment that women are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire. One of the film's participants, artist Rebecca Baruc, had her op-ed Why We All Need To Learn More About the Clitoris (and Female Orgasm) featured on the DailyBeast

Groundbreaking artist Sophia Wallace challenges long-held ideas of women with her “cliteracy” project, putting front and center the clitoris as fundamental to female orgasm.  Dr. Stacey Dutton, a neuroscientist who realized she had never seen a drawing of the clitoris until she discovered Wallace’s work, is now committed to studying its biology and pushing the publishing industry to correct the deliberate omissions of the clitoris in major anatomy textbooks. With 20 years of research, Dr. Lisa Diamond is dismantling outdated notions about women’s arousal. And industrial designer Ti Chang heads CRAVE, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing elegant vibrators for women.

Providing the embodiment of this work are the personal stories of Umnia, Becca, Jasmine, Sunny, and Coriama - five young women discovering and owning their sexuality.

The Dilemma of Desire is a powerful reminder that true equality will come only when we all arrive at a place of understanding and acknowledgment that women are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire.

Monday, July 20, 2020 8:00 pm

Local, USA

A timely re-broadcast of '63 Boycott from co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn, captured on unseen 16mm archival footage, will be aired on Local, USA on Monday, July 20th at 8:00 PM CST. 

Be sure to utilize the screening guide to learn more about the film and other resources too!

Check your local listings for specific channels and times. 


On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools.

Combining unseen archival 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director 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.

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