First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

True/False hit ALMOST THERE
Directors Rybicky and Wickenden in attendance

Chicago, IL – First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the "hilarious, heartbreaking and haunting” (Post-Tribune) documentary ALMOST THERE at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema on Tuesday, April 7th, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  This Chicago-made masterwork from Kartemquin Films was the breakout hit at the prestigious True/False Film Festival earlier this month, drawing critical acclaim and passionate viewer responses.  Jeff Truesdell of People Magazine deemed ALMOST THERE “Our favorite film at True/False: accidental, affectionate, surprising, affirming. See it.” Co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.


The April 7th Midwest Independent Film Festival is being co-presented by Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science!  ALMOST THERE co-director Dan Rybicky is currently an Associate Professor in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago.

Film Synopsis: For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. Rybicky and Wickenden’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art (2015 True/False Festival synopsis).  Official Selection, Doc NYC, True/False Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Arizona Film Festival. 

First Tuesday Schedule: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 -- 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.  ALMOST THERE 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