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.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code to Re-Broadcast Nationally on 25th Anniversary of 1995 Chicago Heatwave

COOKED: Survival By Zip Code will be having an encore broadcast on Monday, July 13th, 2020 on PBS Independent Lens, the 25th anniversary of the most traumatic heatwave in U.S. history. Twenty-five years after the 1995 Chicago heat wave, COOKED: Survival By Zip Code examines the events that led to the deaths of 739 people, mostly Black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city.


Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00 am

Screen the film anytime from June 4th, 2020 until June 11th, 2020 at https://kartemquin.vhx.tv/login

Join the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center and Detroit Public TV in screening Judith Helfand's COOKED: Survival By Zip Code free through Thursday, June 11th.

Tune-in to a special panel discussion on June 11 from 6:30-8p ET with:

  • Judith Helfand, Director/Producer
  • Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, Kresge Foundation
  • Trish Koman, Research Investigator, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
  • Justin Owenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club.

The panel will be moderated by Donele Wilkins, President/CEO, Green Door Initiative

Watch the film for FREE: https://kartemquin.vhx.tv/screeners/  
Enter Screener Code: 36f1bf89
Join the panel discussion: https://www.dptv.org/2020/cooked-survival-by-zipcode-live-panel-discussion/


Friday, June 5, 2020 6:30 pm

The Next Movement Committee of the Trinity UCC Prison Ministry Presents COOKED: Survival by Zip Code,  a powerful documentary about the 1995 Chicago heat wave in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week.

Eerily similar to the way Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting the same population. The links between natural phenomena, health and wealth disparity, and extreme racism, are striking. Join the online screening on Friday, June 5th at 6:30. 

Following the film director, Judith Helfand and public health expert, Dr. Linda Rae Murray will be in conversation via Zoom at 7:30pm.

Please register at the link above in order to gain access. 

Monday, May 25, 2020 10:00 pm


More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:00 pm

This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist and several allies. Proceeds will benefit the film's producers, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and the Mass Redistribution Fund.

Tickets must be secured in advance using the link on this page. Those registering will be sent an email with the Zoom link in advance of the screening. A panel discussion will follow the screening. We encourage generous donations to support under-resourced folks in the greater Boston area, however no one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.

In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the ways she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’, daring to ask: what is zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

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. 


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