THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL - Firehouse Fundraiser Screening!

Directed by: Pamela Sherrod Anderson

In THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL, public schools don't have to be a minefield of metal detectors, minimal expectations and mind-numbing routine. An alternative exists in Chicago at the Dixon Elementary Public School, where enlightened educators have implemented the idea that art should be an integral part of the everyday learning environment, with museum-quality works openly adorning the halls. Director Pamela Sherrod Anderson in person for intro and Q&A!

November 1, 2:30pm

Damen Cinema, Loyola University Chicago
Damen Student Center, first floor, 
6511 N. Sheridan Road
Parking in the P1 parking structure is complimentary on Sundays.


Screening as part of the "5 Films by Women" series.


Co-sponsored by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, and the School of Communication Loyola University Chicago 


Click the ticket link for: 

A Single Screening Ticket for $15
A Series Pass for $50
A Series Pass as a "Women in Docs" Donor for $100!


Chicago has a thriving documentary film scene, and our filmmakers Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Ky Dickens, Mary Fishman, Carey Lundin, and May Tchao bear witness. As independent producer/directors, they bring stories to light from a unique and nuanced perspective, that otherwise would be passed-over in the mainstream media. 

Their award-winning films – THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL, SOLE SURVIVOR, BAND OF SISTERS, JENS JENSEN THE LIVING GREEN, and SPILLED WATER - were fiscally sponsored by Chicago Filmmakers. Chicago Filmmakers’ fiscal sponsorship program enabled these filmmakers to raise tax-deductible donations and grants, and our classes and meet-ups gave them a place to find community and support. In short, Chicago Filmmakers helped make these films happen. 

Chicago Filmmakers is planning to purchase and restore a beautiful historic fire station at 5720 Ridge in nearby Edgewater to be our eventual home. When construction is finished, we will have spacious screening and studio space, bright new classrooms and offices, and exciting new programming. But we have a long way to go, and we need your help to reach our goal.

Please see these wonderful films, bring your friends, and support our move to the Ridge Firehouse!


Pamela Sherrod Anderson - Director, THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL

Pamela Sherrod Anderson is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, playwright, journalist and educator.

Ms. Anderson was among those writers honored at the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s Carl Sandburg Literary Awards in October, 2012. She was recently selected to be in Kartemquin Film’s and Community Film Workshop’s Diverse Voices in Documentary pilot program.

Her first feature-length documentary, “The Curators of Dixon School,” made its debut at the 2012 Black Harvest International Film Festival in Chicago and received the Black Harvest Audience Award for Best Feature.

She also wrote and directed the short film, “Getting Directions,” which was an official 2006 selection at the Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival and a 2006 Chicago Short Film Festival selection. 

Ms. Anderson has written and directed stage plays and screenplays, including the feature script “Natchez,” that won an America’s Best Writers Foundation award presented by filmmaker Oliver Stone.

As a journalist, she has been an editor, reporter, photographer and features staff writer. Ms. Anderson has worked at the Chicago Tribune, United Press International news service, Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, Chicago Citizen and Independent Bulletin Newspapers. She has also been a contributing writer to Essence Magazine and a contributing writer to the book, “Black Women’s Health: Speaking for Ourselves.” She contributed to the White House years research for the Emmy-awarded WTTW-TV documentary, “Paper Trail: The First 100 Years of the Chicago Defender.”

As an educator, she has taught in the Film and Video department at Columbia College in Chicago and at DePaul University in the School of Communications.

She is currently working on the documentary "The G Force," which looks at grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full-time.


More info on the "5 Films by Women" series




Damen Cinema
6511 N. Sheridan Road
60626 Chicago , IL