First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Sundance hit Happy Christmas
Director Swanberg in attendance

Chicago, IL – The tenth anniversary season of First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival continues with the critics’ pick and Sundance hit HAPPY CHRISTMAS at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema on Tuesday, September 2nd, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  This “undeniably charming” (The Guardian) indie boasts an all-star cast, headed by Oscar nom Anna Kendrick and GIRLS star Lena Dunham.  Director Joe Swanberg will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.  


Film Synopsis: When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard-partying 20-something, moves in with her film director brother (Joe Swanberg), his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family's idyllic life is shaken up. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber) and she and a friend Carson (Lena Dunham) team up to try and help Kelly find balance in her life. As usual, the results are in the eye of the beholder.  Written and directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg.  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.

OPENING SHORT FILM: OFFSIDES. CHICAGO PREMIERE!  Produced by Chicago Public Schools and Hyde Park Academy Films, a mentorship program that provides high school students on the south side with an opportunity to learn from industry professionals during a script to screen filmmaking process.  Cast and crew in attendance.

First Tuesday Schedule: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 -- First Tuesday festivities begin with a Pre-Show Cocktail Reception at Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark) at 6 p.m.  The evening's Producers Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. in the theater.  HAPPY CHRISTMAS screens promptly at 7:30 p.m.  A post-screening reception will be held immediately following the film program.




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