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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: https://pbslisteningtourchicago.eventbrite.com

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

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 The Smith Rafael Film Center and Music Box Films

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 The Loft Cinema and Music Box Films

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. 

ABOUT THE FILM

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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:00 pm

In response to this moment of national protest, WTTW will air a special broadcast of '63 Boycott on June 10th at 9PM. 

ABOUT THE FILM

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 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.

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/

 

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)

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