First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Here it is... the long-awaited lineup for our first-ever Female Filmmakers Night!

SAG INDIE teams up with Midwest Ind FF, Women In Film for inaugural program

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CHICAGO PREMIERE!  575 CASTRO STREET.  Minnesota native Jenni Olson’s quietly electrifying tribute to Harvey Milk focuses on his camera store at 575 Castro Street. The film’s simple, elegant imagery provides a visual calm in which one acutely hears audio of Harvey, who recorded his thoughts in case he—like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—did not make it to the mountaintop. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.


FESTIVAL PREMIERE!  RACE YOU.  A visually stunning and poetic music video for breakout band Elizabeth and the Catapult that follows a young woman's journey to escape her past fears as she is led through a maze by her younger self to find her way home.  Directed by Foundation Post Co-President/Creative Director Samantha Hart and Jennifer Moody.


FESTIVAL PREMIERE!  A SHORT FILM.  Urban legend comes to life in this comedic short.  Directed and produced by Holly Todd, Sarah Schooley and Merje Veski.  Shot on location at the Hideout Inn and based on a true story.


MIDWEST FESTIVAL PREMIERE!  LOOK FOR ME.  What would you do if you woke up one day and you were invisible?  Official Selection, London International Film Festival.  Director and Animator Laura Heit (pictured left) is a Minnesota native and received her BA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


WORLD PREMIERE!  BRING IT IN.  It looks like a tough season for Coach Kelly Lesley at Pulaski Middle School. From a freak accident on his girls' basketball team to the never-ending obstacles in his personal life, this loveable-- yet lost-- Coach can't seem to catch a break.  Directed, produced and co-written by Dina Facklis.


CHICAGO PREMIERE! WHIRLYBIRD. “Whirlybird” is a story based in magical realism and set in the open landscape of the Midwest. Moving between space and time, the film reveals itself as one remembers a dream…piece by piece, and never in a specific order.  Written, directed and produced by Danielle Corches.  Co-edited by Corches and Melissa Lawrenz.


WORLD PREMIERE!  THE MISS. Quirky and melodic, this silent short film is a moment of flirtation and fate.    Co-directed and produced by Sterling Rock Productions founder Grace McPhillips.

THE EGG TIMER.  Written and directed by Minnesota filmmaker Emily Haddad (pictured right), starring Stacia Rice with Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Linda Kelsey.  “The Egg Timer” was made possible by the Fresh Filmmakers Grant, a program of IFP Minnesota.


CHICAGO PREMIERE!  SKIN DEEP.  Psychological horror film weaving special effects and production design into a haunting tale of hidden childhood memories.  This short marks the directorial debut of Jessica Christopher of Joone Studios.

THE VISIONARY.  Directed by Gwydhar Bratton, written by Whitney Bratton.  "The Visionary" is Blue Damen's second film and is the first segment to be produced as part of the ongoing "Insomniac Chronicles" project.

FESTIVAL PREMIERE!  TREELESS SQUIRREL.  A quirky, yet thought provoking short film about a squirrel who finds himself homeless and searching for a roommate wherever he can find one.  Directed and edited by Anna Patel of Foundation Post. 



The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago.  This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community. More information can be found on the Festival website:


This year's festival sponsors include Resolution Digital Studios, O'Connor Casting, Humana, Fletcher Camera & Lenses, SAGIndie, Sony, Abel Cine Tech, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Reverse Momentum Films, AICP Midwest, Our Children's Homestead, Canon, Screen Magazine, Heineken, McDermott Will & Emery, Zacuto, Illinois Institute of Art, Flashpoint Academy, Zipcar, Macprofessionals, Zaroban DesignLeft Brain Right Brain Productions, The Illinois and Chicago Film Offices,, Airstream Audio, 59 Films, Candid Wines, Daufenbach Camera, Elephant Filmworks, Belden-Stratford Hotel, Kodak, Visions of Light, Saper Law and Orbit Media Studios.

This film festival is made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council, which receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.