Politics

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.

Monday, May 25, 2020 10:00 pm

Nationwide,

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.

ABOUT THE FILM
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?

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. 

Continued

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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