Thank you for your interest in supporting Chicago Filmmakers big move to the firehouse by donating to our Capital Campaign! Chicago Filmmakers has been a champion for diversity in media arts in Chicago for more than 40 years. In a world filled with constant noise, we tell the stories of those who often get overlooked.

Now, we're taking the next exciting step in our organization's rich history. We have purchased a firehouse, which will be our new location and the headquarters for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. The firehouse is fittingly located in Edgewater, a neighborhood that prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness.

The firehouse renovation requires major interior construction. With your support, when we move into our new space, we will have a beautiful screening room in the firetruck bay, new equipment for our students and co-op members, a new meeting space, and expanded classrooms.

We're counting on you to help us FUEL the FIREHOUSE! You can start your legacy of support right now and receive a variety of exciting benefits including tickets to our Firehouse Grand Opening Event (date/time TBA), as well as naming opportunities throughout the entire historic landmark building.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to make a tribute gift on behalf of a friend or loved one, please contact Marketing + Fundraising Manager, Sarah M. Rubin, at (773) 293-1447 or write to

Select a donor level below to view associated benefits.


STAR ($50,000+)


SUPPORTING ($5,000-$9,999)


CAMEO ($2,500-$4,999)

James Laukes

DAYPLAYER ($1,000-$2,499)

Andrew Maselli
Elizabeth Pinto
Richard Merman

EXTRA ($500-$999)

Kevin Randall
Loren Winterhell
Todd S. Burbank & Elio Leturia
Brittany Alsot
Barry Aldridge

CRITIC ($150-$499)

Deborah Goodman
Andrea Capranico
Mary Lou Black
Pamela Sherrod Anderson
Gay E. Guthrey
Richard Knight, Jr.
Susan Katz Miller
Laura Kaufman
Bob Schwartz
Sheila Wolfe

  • Recognition on Chicago Filmmakers Website (at commensurate giving level)
  • Recognition on Capital Campaign Donor Wall in the firehouse lobby (at commensurate giving level)*
  • Chicago Filmmakers Dual Membership (1 Year)
  • Invitation to Private Hard-hat Tour of the Firehouse in Construction
  • 2 Complimentary Tickets to Firehouse Grand Opening Event
  • VIP Pass good for CF screenings for 1 Year*
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • 2 additional Tickets for Firehouse Grand Opening Event (4 total)
  • VIP Pass good for CF screenings for 2 Years*
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for 3 Years**
  • 2 Tickets to Private Gourmet Dinner Celebration at Firehouse Prior to Public Opening
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for 5 years**
  • Recognition on screen before programs during the 1st year of Firehouse screenings
  • Naming Rights for Select Firehouse Location:
  • ○ Box Office
    • ○ Concession Stand
    • ADA-compliant Restrooms
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  • All of the above, plus:
  • VIP Pass good for all CF screenings for LIFE**
  • Naming Rights for Prime Firehouse Location:
    • Garden
    • Outdoor Screening “Theatre”
    • ADA-compliant Elevator
    • Vestibule
    • CF Administrative Office
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  • All of the above plus:
  • Use of the Firehouse for private event**
  • Naming Rights for Prominent Firehouse Location:
    • Downstairs Lobby
    • Theater
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