Made in Chicago Indie Film Series

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Full Spectrum Features developed four distinct themed movie nights to highlight producers, writers, directors and actors with ties to Chicago on select Monday evenings. Each screening features underrepresented, up-and-coming Chicago filmmakers and highlights themes not typically seen on the big screen. See below for the full schedule.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring carry-out food from Gallagher Way restaurants, such as Big Star tacos or West Town Bakery cakeballs. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, candy, popcorn and other snacks are for sale in the park. Guests are welcome to bring blankets if they prefer to lay on the grass.

  • June 10: Pride Night -Signature Move
  • July 8: Women in Film Night
    • Unexpected
    • Director: Kris Swanberg (will be in attendance for post-screening talk)
    • Film synopsis: An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.
  • August 12: Chicagoland Shorts Night: Chicagoland Shorts Night will celebrate a legacy of innovative filmmaking in Chicago, featuring seven short films spanning different volumes of the Chicagoland Shorts collection. Chicagoland Shorts is Full Spectrum Features’ (FSF) annual, touring short film series that highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities. Currently in its fifth volume, this collection embodies FSF’s mission to provide a platform for the intersecting work of people of color, women, and LGBTQ filmmakers, while showcasing genre- and boundary-pushing shorts.
    • Edison Director Daniel Davison: An experimental animation set against a crumbling and abandoned cityscape.
    • On The Rink Director Benjamin Buxton: There’s nothing like a good skate. The Rink in Southside Chicago has been home to a vibrant community of roller skating enthusiasts for over 40 years. This portrait of the skaters who make up a unique Chicago staple exhibits the energy of a day on the rink.
    • Bound Director Monica Thomas: A dance film between three dancers and an object: books. The dancers evolve through a range of physical relationships with the books, revealing a range of metaphorical possibilities and examining the process of meaning-making itself.
    • Exodus: Sounds of the Great Migration Director Lonnie Edwards: Told through live performance, dance, and spoken word, Exodus looks into how the Great Migration gave birth to many artists that influenced and empowered black culture.
    • Sparrow Duet Director Steve Socki: Animated abstract shapes and gestures dance together in patterns suggesting ritualistic, bird-like action.
    • I Miss Jamie When She’s Gone Director Ashley Thompson: Two estranged sisters return to the suburbs of Chicago ten months after their father’s sudden death to clean out their childhood home.
  • September 9: LatinX Shorts Night
    • Palenque
    • Good Mother
    • and more!


FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES NFP is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the independent film industry by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers.

Full Spectrum Features is a full-service production company and specialty distributor. Our award-winning films have screened at over 400 festivals, micro-cinemas, museums, galleries, and alternative screening venues around the world. Notable recognitions include Grand Jury Prize at Outfest (Signature Move), ReFrame Stamp (Freelancers Anonymous), Streamy Award for Best Indie Series (The T), and the Panavision Prize for Best Short at the Thin Line Fest (The Orange Story), among others.

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