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Filmmakers in Attendance!
(2014, 52 min., video)
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Arnold J Damen Student Center Cinema, Loyola University Chicago - 6511 North Sheridan Road

CONTROL is documentary about the stunning way that the criminal justice system can simply drift into a teen's life, casually threatening to undo a family's decades of hard work and planning. In most ways, Luther (sometimes "Mouse") is a normal teen - snarkily commenting about his dad's cooking and overly-confident about his ability to handle himself with the troubles he faces. In many other ways, he has had a rough go of it. He had to help raise his brothers while they moved in and out of foster homes. Both his mother and father have spent time in jail. His mother tells her story of ardently working to get her kids back with confidence and grit. She's similarly clear-eyed about Luther and the challenges he's facing. The film opens with a bold assertion of its cinematic and journalistic point-of-view. You jump right into a loud, overlapping argument in Luther's echoey bedroom among his friends, with Luther giving the film's back-story (he was picked up after checking in on a fight he wasn't involved in) while his friends gently mock him for getting picked up. The film drops you right into Luther's life, and doesn't give you too many traditional documentary conceits to hold on to. It's a powerful film of deceiving simplicity about indifferently destructive forces in civil institutions and one young man's attempts to avoid too-common ensnarements.




Call for Entries! 12th Annual Dyke Delicious May Shorts!

Dyke Delicious and Chicago Filmmakers are now accepting entries for our lesbian-themed short films program! Films should have a maximum length of 20 minutes. All genres are welcome.

Now in our 12th season, we find stories that entertain a diverse community of women and feminists, straight friends and family from outright hilarious comedies to heartfelt and warming dramas.

Deadline is April 1, 2015.

Accepted formats include Blu-ray, DVD, digital file, or online password protected link. Send preview copies to coop@chicagofilmmakers.org or mail to Chicago Filmmakers, c/o May Shorts, 5243 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60640. Please include logline and short synopsis, running time, and the screening history of the film to date.




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2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Grantees

Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, which has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to twelve Chicago digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,850 to $10,000.
The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The goal of the fund is to support media arts projects intended for online distribution. Guidelines stipulated that digital media of any length or genre would be considered, but projects needed to promote progressive social change, be appropriate for youth, and be made available for viewing for free online in order to reach the widest possible audience. The fund was intended to support artists with varying levels of experience; both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for emerging and younger artists. 

Awarded projects include: 

Battle Flag (working title) by Logan Jaffe // Block Zombies by Leon Kelsick // Drifting Toward the Crescent (working title) by Laura Stewart // For the Records by Anuradha Rana & Doris Rusch // Kentucky Fried High by Robert Carnilius // Muslimahs in the City by Fahima Mohamood // Natural Life, Interactive Online Archive by Tirtza Even // Sex Offender Laws Impact Youth by Jo Anne Smith // The Forum by Benjamin Jaffe // The Half-Life of War by Kyle Henry/Northwestern University // The Schools Project by Bob Hercules/Media Process Educational Films // Uptown, 2084 by Drew Dir/Manual Cinema

Click here for project synopsis and panelist bios.  

All projects are scheduled for completion and online viewing by May 15, 2015 

Applications for the 2015 grant will be accepted beginning in January 2015. 



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