First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Powerful autobiographical doc In the Family!

Q&A with director Joanna Rudnick and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn

to follow screening


Chicago, IL – First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival continue with a special advance screening of the powerful autobiographical documentary In the Family on Tuesday, June 3rd at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, beginning at 6 p.m.  A question-and-answer session will follow with writer/director Joanna Rudnick, producer Beth Iams, editor Leslie Simmer and executive producer and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn.


In the Family, a film by Joanna Rudnick produced by Kartemquin Films, takes an intensely personal look at what follows the results of a predictive genetic test. At age 27, Joanna confronted a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers by getting tested for the “breast cancer genes.” Learning she has a mutation that brings a drastically increased risk, she now faces an impossible decision: would you sacrifice your breasts, your ovaries, your fertility, to possibly save your life?




As Joanna struggles with this decision in the midst of a new romantic relationship, she seeks out other women who also must deal with a family history of the gene. Some are living with the mutation and the cancer it may have caused, while others face the test itself, trying to prepare for their own or a loved one’s results. Blending the emotional with the investigative, In the Family attempts to navigate the unpredictable path of predictive genetic testing.  Following this special advance screening, In the Family will make its world premiere later this month at the prestigious Silverdocs film festival.



Opening Film: Chris Folkens brings us a triptych of music videos as "TRILOGY" follows a soldier (played by none other than the winner of NBC's American Gladiators, Evan Dollard) as he returns from war and suffers from the haunting images of his past.  Featuring Chicago band The Lifeline!


Screening Information: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 -- festivities begin with a Pre-Show Cocktail Reception (sponsored by GUINNESS Draught) at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark) at 6 p.m.  The Producers' Panel will be held in the theatre at 6:30 p.m.; this month's topic is "Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers in New Media."  Writer/director Joanna Rudnick will be in attendance as In the Family screens promptly at 7:30 p.m.  A post-screening reception will be held immediately following the film at Forno Diablo, 433 West Diversey.  General admission is $10 and includes entry into all of the evening’s festivities.  Click here to purchase your advance tickets!



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, Fletcher Camera, Zacuto, Flashpoint Academy, Zipcar, Crunch Fitness, Zaroban Design, Left Brain Right Brain Productions, The Illinois and Chicago Film Offices, Kodak, The Peshtigo, DKP Image, Mimi Productions, Level 10 Sound, Stock Yard Films and Orbit Media Studios.


Note: Interviews are available with In the Family writer/director Joanna Rudnick and/or a Midwest Independent Film Festival spokesperson by request.


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