Fuel the Firehouse

In a world filled with 24/7 news and constant noise, we amplify the voices of those who too often go unheard.

A fundraising campaign for Chicago Filmmakers

Make an exponential difference

Spreading awareness is a great way to help support our cause.

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 constant noise, we give voice to those who too often go unheard. We amplify stories that are bold, authentic, and that challenge the status quo.

Chicago Filmmakers has purchased a firehouse, which will be our new location for classes and screenings, as well as the headquarters for our film festivals. When we move in, we hope to have a beautiful screening room in the firetruck bay, new equipment and meeting spaces, as well as expanded classrooms for our students.

 The firehouse needs a lot of work, and you can make a real difference!

Your gift today will help us #FuelTheFirehouse!



DONATION LEVELS AND BENEFITS

FAN: $25-$149

  • Keep up with the latest firehouse news and updates with a free subscription to our quarterly eNewsletter

CRITIC: $150-$499

  • Recognition on Chicago Filmmakers' website*
  • 2 FREE tickets to a Chicago Filmmakers screening in 2017**

EXTRA: $500-$999

  • All of the above, plus:
  • 2 tickets to the Firehouse Opening Gala

DAYPLAYER: $1,000-$2,499

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Recognition on our Capital Campaign Donor Wall in the firehouse lobby*
  • Chicago Filmmakers Dual Membership (1 Year)
  • Invitation to a private hard-hat tour of the firehouse
  • 2 additional tickets to the Firehouse Opening Gala (4 total)
  • VIP Pass valid for Chicago Filmmakers screenings (1 Year)**

Over $25,000 raised on #GivingTuesday!

December 15, 2016

We raised $25,853 on GivingTuesday this year! This took a big chunk out of our overall $100,000 goal, but we still have more work to do. Our goal before 2017 is to raise another $5,000 which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor to become $10,000! Please help us #FuelTheFirehouse by making a gift today.

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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