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ChicagoMade is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Choose Chicago, and World Business Chicago, to highlight the city as an innovation center, a global business destination, a cultural hub, and most of all a city of diverse and unique culture and technology makers. The first ChicagoMade music showcase and other activations took place in Austin TX during SXSW in March, 2014. Over the last few years, local initiatives showcasing the diverse spectrum of talent have been held across the city.

Beginning in 2016, the Chicago Film Office showcases locally-produced short films at “ChicagoMade Shorts” in advance of each weekly feature film at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. A program of the Independent Filmmaker Initiative, the ChicagoMade Shorts Series is a celebration of the robust local independent film community and a showcase of entertaining work produced by talented Chicago-based artists. Visit for more info on ChicagoMade.

Screenings occur every Tuesday night from June 13 – September 5, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm in Millennium Park. All screenings are FREE to the public and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. The Summer Film Series is co-curated by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

2017 ChicagoMade Shorts at Millennium Park Summer Film Series:

Music In The Air by Alex Mechlin | June 13
Produced in Chicago by Contemporary Creative

A Fresh Cut by Gavin Wright | June 20
Produced with support from DePaul University
As seen at the Music Box Theater and Classic Cinemas

Particles by Jesseca Ynez Simmons | June 27
Made within the Documentary Media Program at Northwestern University
Official selection of Northwestern Student Film Festival, 2nd Annual Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition, World Arts Film Festival, Speechless Film Festival, Dirigo Film Festival, American University Bulgaria Int'l Film Festival

ARTE(es)VIDA  by James Choi | July 11
Filmed on location in San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba in collaboration with Escuela International De Cine Y TV and Black Factory Cinema Filming In Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami. Official selection of SHORT to the Point, Miami Independent Film Festival, and winner of the Best Documentary Award at Seoul Icarus Drone International Film Festival

Shmevolution by Nolan J. Downs | July 18
Created as part of the DePaul BFA program. As seen at Music Box Theater, Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, French Alliance of Chicago, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival

No Other Way To Say It by Tim Mason | July 25
A One at Optimus Production
Winner Jury Prize for Narrative Short  - Slamdance Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Short – Dallas International Film Festival, Special Jury Award for Comic Originality – Florida Film Festival, Audience Award For Best Narrative Short Film – Calgary Underground Film Festival, Best Short – Midwest Independent Film Festival

Go Big by Jonathan Leach | August 1
Produced with support from DePaul University

Run of Press by Mina Fitzpatrick | August 8
Shot on location at the Freedom Center, in Chicago IL. Produced in the MFA in Documentary Media Program within the School of Communication at Northwestern University. As seen in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2

Coast by Robert Ruiz de Castilla | August 15
Produced in Chicago by Five Penn Films. As seen at CIMMfest 2016, Silver Sound Showdown Music Video Lineup, and the 2015 American Movie Awards Shorts Competition

Cryin’ In The Streets by Diana Quiñones Rivera | August 22
Produced by DQR Films in Chicago

Calvin’s Story by Quinn Wilson | August 29
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Marquee by Brian Zahm | September 5
As seen as part of the Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2, Speechless Film Festival, Sound of Silent Film Festival at the Music Box Chicago, Athens International Film + Video Festival, and Cinema at the Edge

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