Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
Chicago Filmmakers provides fiscal sponsorship for select independent film or video makers who are soliciting funds from private foundations, government agencies, and individual donors for their noncommercial film or video project. The following projects are currently in progress and seeking financial support. Please donate to them if you can!
To learn more about the Fiscal Sponsorship program, visit the program page.
The film is currently seeking funds for distribution, community engagement activities and the completion of the discussion guide.
Screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
May 5-7, 2012
Best Documentary Feature - Illinois International Film Festival 2011
CINE Golden Eagle Award 2011 - Independent (non sponsored) Feature Documentary
A photographer and script supervisor in the film industry, Kim began to experience increasing difficulty with her memory, her emotional stability, her balance and coordination, all of which adversely affected her ability to work and maintain personal relationships. After visits with numerous neurologists and several months of medical testing, Kim had her diagnosis - Huntington’s disease – an incurable degenerative neurological disorder that is both mentally and physically devastating.
Every year, there are fewer and fewer small-town diners in rural America. Yet there is an untapped reservoir of stories in those that remain. Many of these stories go unnoticed, because they are the stories of factory workers, carpenters, cooks and cleaners. Their stories are treated as no more than a report of daily life. But the daily life of such people is the daily life of America, and together their stories form America's story.
American Diner has a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 by May 27. Help them out! Visit the Kickstarter page here.
SCREENING AT THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
164 N. STATE ST.
SEPTEMBER 14, 15, 17, 19, 20!
In the 1950’s Catholic nuns in the U.S. were obedient “daughters of the church.” They were separated from the world symbolically by their garb, spiritually by the church’s belief that religious life was a higher calling, and literally by archaic rules of enclosure.
Ten years later, spurred on by the call of Vatican II to live among and for the world’s poor, U.S. nuns began a remarkable transformation. Abandoning their outmoded dress, the sisters adopted democratic styles of leadership. They found their ministry and mission among marginalized peoples, and joined in the civil rights, environmental, peace and women’s movements.
Chester Gould created one of the most recognizable icons in America--the comic strip detective--Dick Tracy. Gould came from modest means in rural Pawnee, Oklahoma. At the age of 21 he left his home with $50 in his pocket and went to Chicago to fulfill his dream of being a cartoonist for the influential Tribune newspaper syndicate. After 10 years of rejection he hit upon Dick Tracy and went on to sell millions of papers for the Tribune.
Gould was known for his seemingly limitless parade of characters, especially his goulish villains. His graphic, noir art work and electrifying story lines were admired by numerous artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Crumb and nearly all the underground comix writers, as well as mainstream comic artists. Although sometimes criticized for the violence in his strip and his staunch law and order stand, his strip appealed to all ages and reflected American culture for nearly a half century.
Three Color Films is in development to produce the short film CICERO IN WINTER.
Charlie is seventy-five and has just lost his wife of forty years. Alone, anxiety-filled, he has isolated himself in his home. Even his children and grandchildren cannot seem to bring him back to his old self. A sudden heart issue causes Charlie to find some time to relax. Remembering his wife’s interest in reading, Charlie goes to the library where he finds a reading group that reads the great books. Through books like The Odyssey, The Divine Comedy, and Don Quixote, where he imagines himself in these stories, he rediscovers the importance of life and family.
The film is written and directed by Richard Cohen.