Female Filmmakers Night: Aug. 7
The annual Female Filmmakers Night, presented by The Midwest Independent Film Festival and Canon, is just around the corner on Tuesday, August 7th. And, this year, the event will include a Grand Jury Prize, given to one film selected by some of Chicago’s most influential women in media.
Chaz Ebert, publisher of RogerEbert.com, will serve as Honorary Chair and present the award for the Jury-selected film. Other special guest Jurors include Erica Duffy from Camera Ambassador, Melissa Barany from VML, Jan Hiegglke from NewCity, Diane Quon from Kartemquin Films, Marina Killion from Optimus, Chakka Reeves from Free Spirit Media, and Orianna Oppice from Women in Film.
This year’s Female Filmmakers Night selections include: the U.S. PREMIER of STAGE FOUR, directed and written by Wendy Roderweiss, and starring Janelle Snow and David Pasquesi, taking a look at a 25-year marraige post-affair; the CHICAGO PREMIER of Kailyne R. Waters's animated short about a shopping cart's search for meaning, THE GO CART; Ashley S. Brandon's documentary short, MICKEY'S PETS, following a young woman through the competitive world of taxidermy; Stephanie Jeter's short, atmospheric thriller, SEARCHING FOR ISABELLE; Emma Keehan's experimental short OUROBOROS; the CHICAGO PREMIER of Miranda Johnson's animated short looking at fear and coping surrounding Macular Degeneration, DE-GENERATE; experimental short ATOMS OF ASHES directed by Maggie Scrantom; and the U.S. PREMIER of AS OF NOW, a short film examining partner violence on college campuses, written and directed by Moira Hamilton.
The line-up features films which address subject matter including Title IX, disabilities, violence against women, and women in traditionally male roles.
As ever, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. at Landmark Century Cinema (2828 N. Clark St., Chicago) for a cocktail reception, followed by our monthly producer panel at 6:30 p.m., with the screening to follow as we showcase and celebrate films made in the Midwest by female-identifying filmmakers. Following the screening, the Jury Prize will be presented and a Q&A will take place with the filmmakers.