Thank you for your interest in supporting Chicago Filmmakers big move to the firehouse by donating to our Capital Campaign! Chicago Filmmakers has been a champion for diversity in media arts in Chicago for more than 40 years. In a world filled with constant noise, we tell the stories of those who often get overlooked.

Now, we're taking the next exciting step in our organization's rich history. We have purchased a firehouse, which will be our new location and the headquarters for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. The firehouse is fittingly located in Edgewater, a neighborhood that prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness.

The firehouse renovation requires major interior construction. With your support, when we move into our new space, we will have a beautiful screening room in the firetruck bay, new equipment for our students and co-op members, a new meeting space, and expanded classrooms.

We're counting on you to help us FUEL the FIREHOUSE! You can start your legacy of support right now and receive a variety of exciting benefits including tickets to our Firehouse Grand Opening Event (date/time TBA), as well as naming opportunities throughout the entire historic landmark building.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to make a tribute gift on behalf of a friend or loved one, please contact Marketing + Fundraising Manager, Sarah M. Rubin, at (773) 293-1447 or write to

Select a donor level below to view associated benefits.


STAR ($50,000+)


SUPPORTING ($5,000-$9,999)


CAMEO ($2,500-$4,999)

James Laukes

DAYPLAYER ($1,000-$2,499)

Andrew Maselli
Elizabeth Pinto
Richard Melman
Christopher Peppey

EXTRA ($500-$999)

Lois Kimmelman & David Hauptschein
Kevin Randall
Deborah Goodman
Beckie Stocchetti
Loren Winterhell
Todd S. Burbank & Elio Leturia
Brittany Alsot
Barry Aldridge
Nina Newhouser

CRITIC ($150-$499)

Nancy Watrous
Eric Freedman
May Tchao
Mary Morten
Andrea Capranico
Mary Lou Black
Pamela Sherrod Anderson
Thomas Pace
Gay E. Guthrey
Richard Knight, Jr.
Susan Katz Miller
Laura Kaufman
Bob Schwartz
Sheila Wolfe

  • Recognition on Chicago Filmmakers Website (at commensurate giving level)
  • Recognition on Capital Campaign Donor Wall in the firehouse lobby (at commensurate giving level)*
  • Chicago Filmmakers Dual Membership (1 Year)
  • Invitation to Private Hard-hat Tour of the Firehouse in Construction
  • 2 Complimentary Tickets to Firehouse Grand Opening Event
  • VIP Pass good for CF screenings for 1 Year*
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • 2 additional Tickets for Firehouse Grand Opening Event (4 total)
  • VIP Pass good for CF screenings for 2 Years*
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for 3 Years**
  • 2 Tickets to Private Gourmet Dinner Celebration at Firehouse Prior to Public Opening
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for 5 years**
  • Recognition on screen before programs during the 1st year of Firehouse screenings
  • Naming Rights for Select Firehouse Location:
  • ○ Box Office
    • ○ Concession Stand
    • ADA-compliant Restrooms
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for LIFE**
  • Naming Rights for Prime Firehouse Location:
    • Garden
    • Outdoor Screening “Theatre”
    • ADA-compliant Elevator
    • Vestibule
    • CF Administrative Office
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  • All of the above plus:
  • Use of the Firehouse for private event**
  • Naming Rights for Prominent Firehouse Location:
    • Downstairs Lobby
    • Theater
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