CFWC to call Kennedy-King its campus

It looks like the venerable Chicago Community Film Workshop will have a new home at Kennedy-King community college, reopening in time for summer classes. CFWC executive director Margaret Caples said escalating rents forced the 16mm film and digital video teaching center out of the South Loop, its home for 33 years. Its equipment has been in temporary storage during the transition.

Plans to move into the South Shore Cultural Center fell through earlier this year. The 4,000-sq. ft. space and idle classrooms would be ideal for CFWC’s specialized training, said Caples, the Workshop’s first graduate and widow of CFWC’s founder, Jim Taylor.

The Workshop offers Avid Express, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and beginning and advanced digital video production to multicultural students. Small evening and Saturday classes meet twice weekly for a month for a modest fee.

This year CFWC has teamed with ABC Entertainment Television Group in search of aspiring writers, directors and filmmakers with diverse backgrounds. For details about the ABC search and CFWC programs, see