Chicago Shorts Showcase
Dec
11
6:45 PM18:45

Chicago Shorts Showcase

Elevated Films Chicago is thrilled to announce our short film lineup! Filled with Chicago premieres, film festival favorites, and new releases, we are so excited to bring these local filmmakers together for one special evening!

Tickets available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-shorts-showcase-tickets-531686…

FILMS:

4 Corners, dir: Andre Muir 
Eat Your Heart Out, dir: Abby Pierce
GOP Jesus, dir: Brian Huther
Ladies First, dir: Maggie Scrantom
Local H: Innocents, dir: Felix J. Piñeiro
Some Call it a Conspiracy, dir: David Huzieran
The Orchestra, dir: Curtis Matzke
The Wayward Wind, dir: Monica Thomas & Steve Delahoyde
Wham, dir: Robert Bruce Carter
Who’s A Good Boy, dir: Alex Phillips
Wreathing, dir: Alex Mangen

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Chicago Shorts Night!  Submissions now EXTENDED through Nov 12th
Oct
8
to Nov 12

Chicago Shorts Night! Submissions now EXTENDED through Nov 12th

UPDATE: Submissions are now closed.

We want to showcase your work! Date will be announced soon (TBD Nov/Dec).

It's free to submit and submissions are NOW OPEN! Check it out:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. Film must have a Chicago connection (e.g., shot in Chicago, filmmaker in/from Chicago, etc.).

2. Film must be no longer than 20 minutes.

3. Film should not be available publicly (e.g, Vimeo/Youtube, etc.), but may have previously screened.

4. Chicago premiere is preferred!

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Thunder Road, Chicago Premiere
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Thunder Road, Chicago Premiere

  • Ace Hotel Chicago, Prairie Garden Roof Deck (map)
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Grab a sweater, enjoy a warm spiked cider, and join us at Ace Hotel Chicago's Prairie Garden roof deck for the exclusive Chicago release of SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner, Thunder Road written, directed and starring Jim Cummings. 
Thunder Road is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of a well-meaning, but emotionally raw police officer struggling to raise his daughter after the death of his mother.
Doors open at 6:30pm, Film begins at 7:00pm
Q/A program immediately following the film.
Opening music by local artist Charlie Lubeck!

In the event of rain, the screening will be moved indoors.
 
Thanks for supporting Elevated Films Chicago, a community not-for-profit helping to support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago!

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Skate Kitchen Film Event
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Skate Kitchen Film Event

Join us on the Prairie garden roof deck at Ace Hotel Chicago for an exclusive pre-screening of Skate Kitchen, the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle. The story follows Camille (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg), an introverted teenage skateboarder from Long Island, who meets and befriends an all-girl, NYC-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith). Trailer a

Opening short film - RUNNER, by writer/director Clare Cooney

Doors open at 7pm, film at 8:00pm Stay for the post-film Q/A moderated by local director Jennifer Reeder with Crystal Moselle via Skype.

This film is rated R for adult content.

Theatrical release in LA & NY on 8/10, and Chicago on 8/24.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Join us on the Prairie garden roof deck at Ace Hotel Chicago for an exclusive pre-screening of Sundance 2018's Grand Jury winning film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a young girl forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Tickets and trailer here

Doors open at 7pm, film at 8:30pm, with a post-film discussion with local filmmaker and performance artist Molly Hewitt.

This film is rated R for adult content.

Thanks for supporting Elevated Films Chicago, a community not-for-profit helping to support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago! Remember -- your ticket price is a donation and is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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Fundraiser 2018
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Fundraiser 2018

Join your fellow film makers and film lovers for an exclusive evening of drinks, food, film, and networking!

It is Elevated Films' mission to raise awareness and promote the arts in Chicago neighborhoods, while giving back to Chicago youth arts programs. 

In order to elevate our events in 2018 and bring the best film programming to Chicago, we need your support!  So join us!

Tickets $50 - Includes dinner, dessert, and a drink ticket. 
If you're unable to make it, please consider donating to support our 2018 season!

Stella Barra Pizzeria
February 27th
7pm-9pm
1954 N. Halsted Street

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elevate-elevated-films-fundraiser-2018-tickets-42554998145

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The Florida Project, free screening
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Florida Project, free screening

Join us for an extraordinary free END OF SUMMER film event, at Ace Hotel Chicago's outdoor Prairie Garden, for a special sneak peak of Sean Baker'sThe Florida Project! Register for your seats. Limited space. 

THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a warm and gloriously alive film that provides an unforgettable look at childhood. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Doors open at 6 with music and drinks, film at 7, with a post-film Q&A with writer/director Sean Baker.
This film is rated R for adult content. 
In the event of rain, the screening will be moved indoors.
 

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Person to Person, sneak preview
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Person to Person, sneak preview

  • Columbia College Media Production Center (map)
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Don't miss a night out under the stars with a special pre-screening of Dustin Guy Defa's PERSON TO PERSON on the roof deck of Columbia College's Media Production Center!  The film follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of a single day.  Starring Michael Cera, Bene Coopersmith, Tavi Gevinson, Abbi Jacobson.  Join Joe Swanberg immediately after the film for a Q&A with Dustin Guy Defa and Bene Coopersmith.

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TIGER TAIL IN BLUE, film event
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

TIGER TAIL IN BLUE, film event

A special movie presentation at Interior Define, a Chicago custom sofa showroom in the heart of Lincoln Park.  Join filmmaker and director Frank V. Ross, and his co-star Rebecca Spence for a Q/A following the feature.  

Tiger Tail in Blue is about a young married couple, Christopher and Melody, that work opposite schedules to remain financially afloat as Chris bangs out his first novel while working nights as a waiter. Never seeing each other is taking it's toll. As the two rarely get a chance to engage one another, Chris finds the attention he craves in Brandy, a saucy co-worker.

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UNCLE KENT 2, film event in Wrigleyville
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

UNCLE KENT 2, film event in Wrigleyville

Elevated Films Chicago and Chicago Underground Film Festival present UNCLE KENT 2, a special Chicago premier in Wrigleyville!  Event will open with a short comedy called FUNNEL, written by Andre Hyland.  

Q&A with writer Kent Osborne immediately following the feature film.

Synopsis:  In a desperate search to create a follow-up to Joe Swanberg's 2011 film UNCLE KENT, Kent Osborne travels to a comic book convention in San Diego where he loses his mind and confronts the end of the world.  Reuniting in the GREMLINS 2 of "Indie" sequels, Joe Swanberg, Jennifer Prediger and Tipper Newton return in a surrealist look into Osborne's madness.  Written by Osborne and passing the directors' torch over to Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM) UNCLE KENT 2 plays out like an absurdist successor that bends the rules of sequels and the minds of the audience.  

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LITTLE SISTER, Music Box Theatre
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

LITTLE SISTER, Music Box Theatre

Join Elevated Films Chicago and The Chicago Underground Film Festival for the Chicago premier of LITTLE SISTER, written and directed by Zach Clark.  Starring Ally Sheedy, Addison Timlin & Keith Poulson.  

Two show times:  7:00pm and 9:30pm. 

Q&A with Executive Producer Joe Swanberg immediately following each show.

Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. Her parents are happy enough to see her, but unease and awkwardness abounds. Her brother is living as a recluse in the guesthouse since returning home from the Iraq war. During Colleen’s visit, tensions rise and fall with a little help from Halloween, pot cupcakes, and GWAR. Little Sister is a sad comedy about family – a schmaltz-free, pathos-drenched, feel good movie for the little goth girl inside us all.

 

 

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Wrigleyville Rooftop FILM EVENT:  HOW HE FELL IN LOVE
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Wrigleyville Rooftop FILM EVENT: HOW HE FELL IN LOVE

A casual affair between a  young musician and a married woman turns into an intimate and profound connection that threatens to derail their lives.

Join us at SKYBOX ON SHEFFIELD for a CITY ROOFTOP FILM EVENT featuring HOW HE FELL IN LOVE.  A FILM WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MARC MEYERS, AND STARRING MATT McGORRY (Orange Is The New Black), and AMY HARGREAVES (Homeland)

7:00pm: Doors open. Enjoy music and plenty of free snacks including SkinnyPop popcorn.  Film begins at sunset.
In the event of rain, this film event will be moved to the indoor lounge and shown on multiple screens.
Thanks for supporting Elevated Films Chicago, a community not-for-profit helping to support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago!
Transportation:  1/2 block from the RED LINE
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STAGED READING: The Kingdom's Spell
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

STAGED READING: The Kingdom's Spell

Join us. IT'S FREE!!!

Staged reading of an animated screenplay, written by Benjamin Mark Adams, inspired by a Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale.
 

Synopsis:
To prove himself a worthy Royal Soldier, Gabriel must endure the unknown of the dangerous Enchanted Forest to save his brother's life and bring order back to his kingdom.

 

Q&A with Ben Adams following the reading.
7:00 - Doors open to Mary's Attic
7:30 - Staged reading begins
9:30 - short Q&A
Come early and have dinner at Hamburger Mary's. (10% off food only for guests of the event, using code VIM. Drinks available for purchase) Then join us upstairs at Mary's Attic for a new twist on a classic fairy tale!
Free SkinnyPop popcorn
 
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OPEN TABLES: Every Table Has a Story
Feb
10
6:30 PM18:30

OPEN TABLES: Every Table Has a Story

OPEN TABLES explores true love, love lost and the importance of a good main course. opentablesmovie.com | #opentablesmovie | www.facebook.com/opentablesmovie

Join us at Half Acre Brewery production facility for a movie event featuring OPEN TABLES, a film written, directed & produced by Jack C. Newell, produced by Matt Hyland & Steve Tobiasz. 


PHOTOS FROM EVENT

6:30pm:  Doors open with music by DJ team Vinyl Voyage, Valentine keepsake photos by SPECTO, beer on tap by Half Acre, plenty of free snacks from Goddess & the Baker, SkinnyPop popcorn and Dough Dough Bird Baking Company!  
7:15pm:  Presentation by Free Spirit Media teens (see trailer below)
7:30pm:  Two short films before the feature: RPG by Sadie Rogers, and Chocolate Heart by Harrison Atkins.
7:45pm:  Feature film, OPEN TABLES
Stay for a post-film Q&A with writers, directors and select cast.  
FREE parking in attached lot!
Must show ID for wristband to order beer.  No outside food or beverages allowed in the venue. Handicap accessible, please email info@elevatedfilmschicago for accessibility instructions.    
Your ticket price is a tax-deductable donation, to the extent allowed by law.  Thanks for supporting Elevated Films Chicago, a community not-for-profit helping to support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago!

Free Spirit Media alums Montel and Chris opened the night with a presentation of their video about Redmoon's summer park series, and the crowd loved it! If you haven't seen this award-winning piece, watch it now!

 
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TELLTALE HEARTS: 4 Films of Love & Death
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

TELLTALE HEARTS: 4 Films of Love & Death

Join us for 4 short films. 

Proceeds directly benefit Chicago youth art programs. Free popcorn and candy. Food and drinks for sale. Short Q&A with writer/directors following the films.
 

SON
A sheltered kid cons his way into a sick day. But left alone for the first time, he stumbles upon sinister family secrets. 
~ by Judd Myers (2015, 14min.)

CHOCOLATE HEART
A young man goes to the library to learn about sex. And he does. But not in any of the ways he imagined. 
~ by Harrison Atkins (2014, 7min.)

SEVEN SONGS ABOUT THUNDER
Nothing is exactly what it seems, whether the discovery of a dead girl’s body, her mother’s curiously mundane voice messages, the pregnancy of a disaffected woman, or a therapist’s uncomfortable revelations about her own sexuality. 
~ Jennifer Reeder (2010, 20min.)

BITE RADIUS
That thing where you had such a great time last night that you totally forgot about the murders. Inspired by actual events.
~ by Spender Parsons (2015, 30min.)

 

Free popcorn and candy. Drinks and food for sale before, during and after the films. 
Elevated Films Chicago is a not-for-profit registered 501c3, so your ticket price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Parental discretion advised. Not recommended to children under 18.
 
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ROOFTOP MOVIES: Queen of Earth
Aug
12
7:30 PM19:30

ROOFTOP MOVIES: Queen of Earth

SUMMERTIME ON CITY ROOFTOPS!

Some live music from
Lili K. kicks us off at 7:30 Followed  by a showing of the feature film, Queen of Earth, at sunset (8:15)

 

Ticket includes free food and a KOVAL Distillery tasting, along with $3 beers from Revolution Brewing!
$5 discount code wholefoods
100% of proceeds goes to Elevated Films Chicago, a local nonprofit helping support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago. For more information and future events, please check out website www.elevatedfilmschicago.com or email info@elevatedfilmschicago.com
Queen of Earth is On Demand and iTunes August 26th and Chicago theaters in early September, starring Elisabeth Moss and shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
No outside food or beverages are allowed in to the venue. 
In the event of a rain-out, tickets will be good the following day - same time, same place.

 

Checkout the trailer

 
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ROOFTOP MOVIES: People Places Things
Aug
5
7:30 PM19:30

ROOFTOP MOVIES: People Places Things

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The Aunteaks are kicking it off at 7:30 Followed by a showing of the featurefilm, People Places Things, at sunset (8:15pm).
 

Ticket includes free food and a KOVAL Distillery tasting, along with $3 beers from Revolution Brewing!
$5 discount code "wholefoods".
100% of proceeds goes to Elevated Films Chicago, a local nonprofit helping support local youth arts programs throughout the city of Chicago. For more information and future events, please check out website www.elevatedfilmschicago.com or email info@elevatedfilmschicago.com
People Places Things in theaters, On Demand and iTunes August 14th, starring Jemaine Clement. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
No outside food or beverages are allowed in to the venue. 
In the event of a rain-out, tickets will be good the following day - same time, same place.


 
 
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