Around the Hood: Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Rennovation

Ridge Firehouse

Chicago Filmmakers is launching its first public event to raise awareness about the organization’s campaign to renovate the historical landmark firehouse in our area. Thanks for sending this in Sarah!

“Hey all! Please consider supporting Chicago Filmmakers‘ campaign to restore the firehouse on Ridge Ave. into a vibrant media arts center for the Edgewater community as well as a permanent home for our 40+ yr old organization.

Plus, you’ll be supporting local filmmakers who are taking part in this women in film doc series. Each of these award-winning films have gone through CF’s fiscal sponsorship program, and these doc filmmakers are using their work to help the organization that first supported it. If you can’t attend any of the screenings (Oct-Nov), you can still make a tax-deductible donation through the EventBrite page. Every little bit helps!” – Sarah (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)

Event Details:

Eventbrite Details Here

5 Films by Women: Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Fundraiser

Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM – Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

“5 Films by Women” is a series of powerful documentaries made by five local filmmakers, all women, who have come together in support of Chicago Filmmakers’ fundraising efforts.  Sponsored by Loyola University’s The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the School of Communication, the four-part series will take place at the Damen Student Center Cinema at Loyola University (6511 N. Sheridan Road) during the months of October and November.

Sunday, October 11 at 2:30 pm: BAND OF SISTERS by Mary Fishman

Kicking off the series is Mary Fishman’s deeply moving story focusing on the life experiences and current-day stories of more than a dozen nuns, many of whom were central agents in the great social movements of our time.

Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm: SPILLED WATER by May Tchao + at 3:30 pm: JENS JENSEN THE LIVING GREEN by Carey Lundin

May Tchao’s debut feature SPILLED WATER explores the lives of four Chinese women as their country’s rapid economic transformation shifts their roles, rights, and status as mothers, wives, and daughters. Through their intimate stories, we learn how and why gender equality in China is so hard-earned.

Sunday, November 1 at 2:30pm: THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL by Pamela Sherrod Anderson

Pamela Sherrod Anderson’s THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL shows us that public schools in Chicago aren’t all metal detectors, minimal expectations, and mind-numbing routine. The film highlights Dixon Elementary, where enlightened educators implemented the idea that art should be an integral part of the everyday learning environment, with museum-quality works openly adorning the halls.

Sunday, November 15 at 2:30pm: SOLE SURVIVOR by Ky Dickens

In the history of aviation, there have only been 14 sole survivors of commercial airline disasters. Most have never spoken publicly about the loss, the guilt, and the immense pressure of feeling “spared.” Ky Dickens’ SOLE SURVIVOR, broadcast on CNN, profiles four of these survivors who publicly share their complex, personal stories for the very first time.


Single Screening: $15

Doc Series Pass: $50

Doc Series Pass + “Women in Docs” donor designation: $100

To learn more about Chicago Filmmakers’ move to the firehouse, please visit and to learn more about the “5 Films by Women” series, please visit Tickets are available online through Chicago Filmmakers and walk-up tickets will be available at each screening.