Welcome our new Executive Director

We're pleased to welcome Amy Guth as our new Executive Director.  

“Amy has a strong background in multimedia storytelling, leadership and community engagement, and will be a valuable asset to the festival,”  said Michael Kwielford, co-founder of the festival in 2005 with Mike McNamara, who previously served as Executive Director. “Looking forward to furthering the mission that McNamara and I envisioned when we initially created and continued to build the festival over the years.”

Guth is a WGN-AM 720 talk radio host, filmmaker, and is a facilitator for The Op-Ed Project, an organization working to increase the diversity of voice in the public conversation. She joins the Midwest Independent Film Festival after various roles with Chicago Tribune, including General Manager and Publisher of RedEye/Metromix and other roles in both the newsroom and technology divisions of the company. Prior to joining the Tribune, she founded Pilcrow Lit Fest, a successful independent press publishing festival.

“One key focus for me will be creative community building, and supporting and showcasing the diversity of filmmakers in Chicago and across the Midwest,” said Guth, who is currently producing a documentary film project about online harassment.

Guth begins the new role ahead of our next two Festival events: our free screening of “High Fidelity” tomorow, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park, in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, and the annual Female Filmmakers Night on August 7 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, hosted by the Midwest Film Festival and Canon, which includes a Grand Jury Prize.

Read more: "Amy Guth to head Midwest Independent Film Festival," Robert Feder, July 2, 2018