Programmed + Introduced By Tim Kinsella!

I’ve never been much of an Abstract Expressionist. Structural constraints move me, the way the sustained compression provokes explosive release. It’s just so much like life! COMING APART was one of the first films that ever made me feel like the characters were being choked by the film’s frame. It’s funny, but only in the saddest ways. And it’s harrowing. I feel embarrassed for everyone involved, but also profound empathy.

The Creeping Garden

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. THE CREEPING GARDEN is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.

Rough Cut Labs

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Derek Jarman's JUBILEE

Introduced By Queer Cinema Scholar Rebecca Lavoie. When Queen Elisabeth I summons occultist John Dee to show her the future, Ariel, a spandex wearing angel with a shining crotch, takes them on a time-travelling journey, 400 years later, where the British Empire, along with any political system, has seemingly failed. Wandering in a decaying London, they meet three angry and bored punk girls and their friends only to witness a world of alternative queer desires, public sex, disillusion and occasional murder.

Citizen Primer

"Citizen Primer" is a series of six two-minute animated infographics explaining government functions that are poorly understood by the public - Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, The Affordable Care Act, the progressive tax code, the deficit/debt, and securities regulation.These short animations will contribute to the public discourse and education around these issues, while also presenting opportunities for civic engagement that are not explicitly partisan.

Chicago Glove Project

by Olivia Curry ($4,500) The "Chicago Glove Project" is a series of eight five-minute webisodes profiling Chicago communities - their stories and their challenges - by viewing them through the lens of neighborhood boxing gyms. The series will focus on race, class and poverty in Chicago's neighborhoods through individual stories of empowerment, and aims to break through social barriers and connect communities through these stories.

Board Membership

Are you interested in helping to foster the creation, appreciation, and understanding of independent film in Chicago?

If the answer is yes, then we may have just the volunteer opportunity for you! Chicago Filmmakers is always open to considering qualified candidates for board membership.

Contact Us

Chicago Filmmakers.
5720 N. Ridge Avenue (Entrance on Hollywood Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60660
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P: (773) 293-1447


Chicago Filmmakers Staff

Brenda Webb, Executive Director

Sophie Mannaerts, Programs Manager

Kristen Hanson, Marketing Manager