First Tuesdays: SAINTS REST at the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Jun. 05, 2018
6:00pm - 9:30pm
$10 - $15
@Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois


Meet the Distributor: Throughline Films’ Chris Charles

Join The Midwest Independent Film Festival for an in-depth conversation about independent distribution with Chris Charles of Chicago-based company Throughline Films, led by producer and distributor Brian Hieggelke (Signature Move, Chicago Film Project).

Throughline Films is a comprehensive producer representation and consultancy firm specializing in completion funding, worldwide distribution, and marketing. Throughline’s extensive network of distributors, sales agents, financiers, festival programmers, and vendors provides a one-stop shop for connecting independent films to the world.

The wide-ranging discussion will include what filmmakers should look for in a distributor, when in the process to approach a distributor and how Throughline works with filmmakers. Additionally, Hieggelke will discuss Chicago Film Project’s success distributing its inaugural project Signature Move, which garnered significant interest from distributors on the festival circuit.

Chicago Film Project (CFP) is a film and television production company and boutique distributor. It is an affiliate of Newcity, the print and digital cultural magazine company operating in Chicago and São Paulo. Newcity CFP develops projects that have three attributes: Superior artistic quality, Commercial viability,and connection to the city of Chicago.

This is a rare opportunity for Chicago mediamakers to learn from two experienced filmmakers and local distributors about the best way to craft a successful distribution plan in an ever changing market.

Scroll down for more information about Brian and Chris.


First Tuesdays at the Midwest Independent Film Festival is kicking off the summer with the MIDWEST PREMIERE of SAINTS REST, from director Noga Ashkenazi (The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars).

An intimate family drama shot on location in Grinnel, Iowa, SAINTS REST tells the story of two estranged sisters, who over the course of one summer, form a connection through their shared love of music as they grieve the recent death of their mother. Interweaving striking original music with an authentic and affectionate portrayal of a rural Midwest town, the film sweetly captures the tension between individual dreams and family obligations. Alternately funny and emotionally raw, SAINTS REST serves as "musical comfort-food" for those who miss home, their childhood and their families, regardless of how imperfect it all may seem from a distance.

Co-written by Noga Ashkenazi and Chicagoan Tyson Stock, the film was co-executive produced by Rebecca Green (one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch and producer for two of the top-grossing and critically acclaimed independent films of 2015, It Follows (Cannes 2014) and I'll See You in My Dreams (Sundance 2015). The director will be attending the screening along with select cast and crew.

SAINTS REST recently won the Audience Award at RiverRun International Film Festival, where it screened to 3 sold-out shows, so get your tickets before they're gone!


6:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m.  Producers Panel

7:30 p.m.  SAINTS REST, followed by Q&A

9:30 p.m.  Afterparty

Advance Registration for this event is closed. Visit to purchase tickets for upcoming Midwest Independent Film Festival events.

Saints Rest