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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Chicago Filmmakers

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Buttercup Park


Filmmaker and animator Helen Hill created a charming and vibrant body of work before her untimely death at age 36 in 2007. She was, and continues to be, an inspiration to many people in the independent film world, who are drawn to her DIY approach to filmmaking, her passion for grassroots arts creation, and her strong beliefs in community and activism and how both can benefit from the arts. Fittingly, her films are about family, courtship, a beloved pet pig, filmmaking, community and place, and other subjects close to her heart. This program features ten of Hill’s acclaimed shorts made between 1990-2001 (one of which has been named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress) and featuring a wide variety of animation styles. Screening are: RAINDANCE (1990), VESSEL (1992), WORLD’S SMALLEST FAIR (1995), SCRATCH AND CROW (1995), TUNNEL OF LOVE (1996), YOUR NEW PIG IS DOWN THE ROAD (1999), FILM FOR ROSIE (2000), MOUSEHOLES (1999), MADAME WINGER MAKES A FILM: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO THE 21ST CENTURY (2001), and BOHEMIAN TOWN (2001). (53 min. total, DVD Projection at Buttercup Park)

 The Chicago Filmmakers’ screening will also include THE FLORESTEIN COLLECTION (2011, 31 min.), Hill’s final film completed posthumously by her husband Paul Gailiunas. FLORESTEIN is “a portrait of a New Orleans African-American seamstress named Florestine Kinchen whose handmade dresses inspired Hill when she found one hundred fabulously patterned and colored dresses mysteriously abandoned on the street.” (HFA). All of the films showing at Chicago Filmmakers will be from restored 16mm prints from Harvard Film Archive.

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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.