Female Filmmakers Night Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival


We can’t wait to see you Tuesday… our 2013 Female Filmmakers lineup is set!  This year’s roster includes Oscar nominated directors, films loaded with festival laurels making their Chicago Premiere with us and much more… all from talented women throughout Chicago and the Midwest.  Click here to find out which shorts made our 2013 Female Filmmakers Night   

If you have any questions or comments about our upcoming First Tuesday festivities, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at mac@midwestfilm.com.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, May 7th for our Female Filmmakers Night at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema!


Mike McNamara
Director of Programming
First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Moving Pictures at Columbia Chicago May 7th


Join us Tuesday, May 7th from 5-8 for:

Moving Pictures

at Columbia College Chicago

Students and faculty of Columbia’s Film & Video Department cordially invite you as we highlight the talent of our graduating seniors and graduate students in all areas and concentrations of Film & Video.

This very special event is on Tuesday, May 7th from 5-8pm. Please join us in Film Row at 1104 S. Wabash (8th Floor) for a glass of wine and a catered reception while mingling with other industry professionals and enjoying a showcase of our graduates latest reels.

As a respected professional in this Industry, your input and guidance is invaluable to our students. Please click on the link(s) below for more information and to RSVP.

5-6pm: Keynote Speaker from our industry (to be announced!)

6-8:00pm: Screening of reels, FrameWork Interviews and networking reception

See you there!

Moving Pictures is part of Industry Events 2013, Columbia’s premier series of showcases, reviews, and receptions for graduating students, running now through May 17th. See the schedule and more info at colum.edu/industryevents

Hollywood Camera Seminar May 3-12 with Discount for WIFC Members

Hollywood Camera Work is putting on their final seminar series in Chicago May 3-12. The three-part series includes a Green Screen Intensive and two Camera Directing workshops: Raw Techniques and the Masterclass in Staging and Blocking. These courses are especially beneficial for female directors looking to increase their confidence and the ability to retain authority on-set. This has been a major issue for many women who have had the experience of having their power undermined by a male DP.
WIF Chicago members are offered a 15% discount!
Here is a link to the Website: http://www.hcwseminars.com



Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith

A Film by Women in Film Members Shuli Eshel (36 minutes, 2013)

Place: At the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc.

31 W Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60654

(Between State and Dearborn)

Date: Sunday May 19, 2013

Time: Doors open at 3:00 PM for tickets (close at 5:00 PM)

3:30 PM—-Short introduction by Shuli Eshel

Screening of documentary

Followed by a Q & A and DVD signing

Admission: $5

Passion for Dancing: The Story of Shulamith recounts the life of Shuli Eshel, an Israeli born Chicago filmmaker, as she reconnects with her childhood passion for dancing through Salsa. The documentary weaves the themes of family, survival, friendship, love, marriage, divorce, feminism and peace activism. Shuli’s film career has been driven by her feminist consciousness and her passion to make this a better world. Clips from her documentaries highlight work that proved important, ground-breaking firsts in Israel and the United States. Chicago’s multi-racial and multi-ethnic Salsa community join Shuli as they relate their passion for Salsa and underscore Shuli’s belief that “It is NEVER too late to reconnect with your childhood passion or any passion you might have, and use it for the rest of your life”.

For more information contact Shuli at eshelred@aol.com 773-868-4140

DVD Premiere Special $20, (retail price is $29.99)

For more information contact Shuli at eshelred@aol.com, 773-868-4140

Parking: Lots of Street Parking on Sunday OR 12 hours in the parking garage located within the Grand Plaza building. Garage entrance is directly adjacent to the Instituto Cervantes lobby on Ohio, as well as one block south on Grand. $8.00 with validation from the center.


Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s 2013 International Screenings Program: Five Months of FREE FILMS!

CIFF 5 Months of Free Films


Cinema/Chicago, together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and our consular and cultural partners, is pleased to present the 10th Annual International Screenings Program…

This free weekly series showcases 20 feature films and 7 short films from around the world, along with a program of local shorts, that are not widely available in the U.S. Embodying a range of genres and styles from laugh-out-loud comedies and quirky coming-of-age dramas to politically-tinged love stories and inspiring documentaries, these films celebrate the richness of the human experience.

International Screenings is the highlight event of the International Connections Program, whose committee members include representatives from various consulates and cultural organizations in Chicago. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated. Viewer discretion is advised.

Details HERE.


AICP PA Seminar

AICP Midwest Logo

Date: 04/27/13

Location: Essanany Studio and Lighting 1346 N North Branch

Chicago, IL 60642

Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Professional guidance for upcoming Production Assistants in Chicago where they will get overview training for prep, shoot and wrap days. We will go over responsibilities on set and wrap duties.

Training Activities

• Differences from set PA and Office PA.
• Vendor pick up and returns
• Job Petty Cash – tracking receipts and envelope completion
• How to pack and unpack a production truck
• Understanding each department and the support needs they have.

Featured guest speakers: Tina Moy, Damien Huck, Matt Miller

Lunch will be provided and freelance professionals will be attending during lunch to enable networking opportunities.

We will take digital copies of resumes to pass along to the freelance Production Manager and Coordinators in Chicago.

Please RSVP by 4/23/2013 and email megan@dictioanryfilms.com


Industry Events 2013 are Columbia College Chicago’s free signature showcases, receptions, and reviews that bring our graduating students together with creative industry friends and professionals. More than a dozen events in April and May are organized by industry sectors and related media.

Learn more here.


Sag-Aftra Chicago Presents An Evening of Music, Laughs and More To Benefit the KMRC April 22, 2013

It’s an evening of music, laughs and more to celebrate and raise money for the Kaufherr Members Resource Center. A multi-purpose facility available at no cost to SAG-AFTRA and AEA members, the KMRC supports Chicago’s professional performers in enhancing their skills and marketing their talent. Along with plenty of entertainment, there will be food, drink and an auction.