First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

Festival Opens 2016 with SXSW Critics' Pick FOR GRACE
Chicago screening to celebrate global release

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival will open 2016 with the SXSW hit and critics' pick FOR GRACE, on Tuesday, February 2nd at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Named one of the “Breakout Movies at the SXSW Film Festival” by Variety, FOR GRACE follows acclaimed chef Curtis Duffy as he finds himself at a crossroads: opening the best restaurant in the world, or saving what remains of his crumbling family.  This "elegant, moving film" (NPR's Peter Sagal) will screen with Midwest Independent Film Festival on February 2nd to celebrate its same-day digital release on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more.  Co-directors Mark Helenowski and Kevin Pang will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


Film Synopsis: Curtis Duffy, a Columbus, OH teen who fought and stole for the thrill, discovered his place in the kitchen after a home economics teacher nurtured his talents. After an unimaginable tragedy involving his parents, Duffy doubled down on his cooking career. Soon, his intense drive earned him accolades as one of the country's most renowned chefs, working alongside culinary icons Charlie Trotter and Grant Achatz. But as he began building his dream restaurant in Chicago, called Grace, Duffy found himself in another point of personal crisis: his laser focus cost him his marriage and two young daughters.

FOR GRACE is a documentary about food, family, sacrifice, and the journey from concrete box to opening night of one of the world's most acclaimed restaurants. Directed by Mark Helenowski and the Chicago Tribune's Kevin Pang. Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival, HotDocs, Doc NYC, Seattle International and Melbourne International Film Festivals.

OPENING SHORT: CHEKHOV. Directed by Chicago filmmaker Jack Dunphy. I called my sister (who's kind of a bitch, but also really cool) and secretly recorded her reading a love letter from this girl that just dumped me. The conversation went from funny to unbearably sad—hanging up was hard. Official Selection, 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

First Tuesday Schedule: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -- 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.  FOR GRACE 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