Kartemquin Films is excited to announce the selection of five dynamic short film projects as part of the Chicago Forward grant made possible by the Artist Response Program from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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When The End of The World Comes All The Wicked Will Scream Armageddon
Director: DaJona Butler (she/her)
A film about the changing climate, the sin that is environmental racism, and the Armageddon that will both end and save us all.

​​Chicago: The Death and Life of A Great American City
Director: Jazmine. (she/her)
A city symphony film that poetically explores what was, what is, and what will be, as told by a third-generation black Chicagoan.

Untitled Animated Short Documentary 
Director: Cai Thomas (she/her)
Black Chicago youth and elders reflect on their respective pandemic experiences. 

Braver Than Most
Director: Teresa White (she/her)
A mother reveals the unique perseverance required to maintain joy and stability as a visually impaired person living and working in an ongoing pandemic.

Los Essentials
Director: Mateo Zapata (he/him)
An invisible American workforce.