All Together Now! #GivingTuesdayNow

With you by our side, Chicago Filmmakers can continue its mission of supporting artists and audiences despite financial losses due to COVID-19.

A fundraising campaign for Chicago Filmmakers

Today is Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. If Chicago Filmmakers has helped you tell the stories you needed to tell or connected you with the stories you needed to hear, please consider supporting us now. We need you. Stories are a lifeline in times of trouble. Help us help others keep telling them. Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, a global day of giving created to help organizations through the COVID-19 crisis.

Your generosity on this day will make a big difference; allowing Chicago Filmmakers to continue carrying out its mission despite financial losses from its closure due to COVID-19. With you by our side, we can continue to adapt and provide opportunities for our community to stay healthy, connected and creative. 

Join us for a day full of online events including demos, filmmaker Q&As, and our first ever queer comedy show

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GIVING TUESDAY NOW EVENT SCHEDULE


Q&A with Local Motion Graphics Pro Arthur Swidzinski

11:00 AM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

CF Instructor Josh Romero is taking over our Instagram! Tune in for a Q&A with Arthur Swidzinski, a motion graphics pro for the Bears and Bulls, and celebrate the release of his new film Shred America.


Live Camera Demo 

2:30 PM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

In part two of his Instagram-takeover, Josh will do a live demonstration on how to set up a gimbal camera stabilizer for three different shooting styles. 


Crafty Hour: Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Jonathan

4:00 PM | Watch on Facebook Live @Chi.Filmmakers

Learn how to create flipbooks using common household supplies with CF instructorJonathan Moeller and explore the free, simple to use app Stop Motion Studio. 


Q&A with Hollywood Cinematographer Erdem Ertal

5:00 PM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

Join Josh for part 3 of his Instagram-Takeover with cinematographer Erdem Ertal who has worked on hit TV shows Empire, The Chi, Watchmen and more!


The Reeling Comedy Show!

7:00 PM | Watch on Facebook Live @Chi.Filmmakers

Tune in for the festival’s first ever comedy show hosted by Reeling filmmaker Rachel Relman featuring fellow local queer comedians George Elrod, Brian Karpas, Vivian Sille and Jackie Cooper! 



#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW EVENT SCHEDULE

May 4, 2020

We've organized a full day of online activities that reflect our mission including filmmaker Q&As and live demos. Plus, Reeling Film Festival's first ever comedy show because we could all use a little laughter right now. Check out the full lineup below and tune in!

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GIVING TUESDAY NOW ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA


Q&A with Local Motion Graphics Pro Arthur Swidzinski

11:00 AM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

CF Instructor Josh Romero is taking over our Instagram! Tune in for a Q&A with Arthur Swidzinski, a motion graphics pro for the Bears and Bulls, and celebrate the release of his new film Shred America.


Live Camera Demo 

2:30 PM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

In part two of his Instagram-takeover, Josh will do a live demonstration on how to set up a gimbal camera stabilizer for three different shooting styles. 


Crafty Hour: Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Jonathan

4:00 PM | Watch on Facebook Live @Chi.Filmmakers

Learn how to create flipbooks using common household supplies with CF instructorJonathan Moeller and explore the free, simple to use app Stop Motion Studio. 


Q&A with Hollywood Cinematographer Erdem Ertal

5:00 PM | Watch on Instagram @ChicagoFilmmakers

Join Josh for part 3 of his Instagram-Takeover with cinematographer Erdem Ertal who has worked on hit TV shows Empire, The Chi, Watchmen and more!


The Reeling Comedy Show!

7:00 PM | Watch on Facebook Live @Chi.Filmmakers

Tune in for the festival’s first ever comedy show hosted by Reeling filmmaker Rachel Relman featuring fellow local queer comedians George Elrod, Brian Karpas, Vivian Sille and Jackie Cooper! 


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About the Organization

Chicago Filmmakers has been the champion for diversity in media arts in Chicago for over 40 years. In a world filled with 24/7 news and noise, we amplify the voices of those who too often go unheard.

Through filmmaker services, grants to digital media artists, classes in digital filmmaking, and independent local screenings, Chicago Filmmakers provides a platform for stories that are rarely seen in mainstream media.

Chicago Filmmakers Youth Media classes and summer camps help emerging filmmakers find their voice and share it with others.

Chicago Filmmakers is home to Reeling, the second-longest running LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, and The Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival, and weekly screenings of mostly local, independent film and video works.

And now, Chicago Filmmakers is taking the next exciting step! We have purchased a firehouse, which will be our new location for classes and screenings, as well as the headquarters for our film festivals. The firehouse is fittingly located in Edgewater, a neighborhood that prides itself on diversity and...

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