Emma Thatcher’s Provo spearheads Midwest Film Festival’s First Tuesdays

Provo from Chicago director Emma Thatcher

Midwest Film Festival’s First Tuesdays is showcasing two marvelous selections in September!

Opening the evening is the Benett Holgerson short, Prairie Girls, followed by the award-winning feature film Provo from Chicago filmmaker, Emma Thatcher.

This is the penultimate show of the 2022 season, you won’t want to miss this screening on September 6th at the Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N State St.

First Tuesdays will commence with a 7:00 pm social hour including industry guests, then screenings at 8:00 pm, followed by a Q&A with the members of the production teams, and an after-party at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill.

MFF’s Executive Director Erica Duffy states, “We’ve had a strong 2022 season and September’s selections keep that going! We’re so happy to feature Provo and Prairie Girls, two great films that show what kind of talent exists here in our region.”

Emma Thatcher and Hunter Bryant in Provo

Emma Thatcher is a Chicago based filmmaker and photographer with writer, director, actor, editor and executive producer credits on Provo.

Emma Thatcher

Thatcher also created Soomin, a micro-budget short made in Los Angeles which won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. She studied Meisner and Shakespeare at NYU Tisch School and has appeared in the Indie film American Folk, streaming on Hulu.

Provo is a powerful story about a self-destructive ex-Mormon living in Chicago who finds out her estranged, abusive father is on his deathbed in Provo, Utah. What follows is the road-trip she embarks on across the country to reckon with her past.

Filmmaker Emma Thatcher says, “I’m very grateful to MFF for giving me the opportunity to screen Provo, my first feature film, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. A recent review called the film ‘perfectly placed’ with ‘definite Chicago vibes,’ so I’m excited to share it with my beloved hometown community.”

More information on Provo can be found HERE.

About the opening Benett Holgerson short Prairie Girls – After waking up in a field far from home, sisters Bethica and Christmas embark on a transformative adventure through the Midwestern countryside.

Benett Holgerson’s Prairie Girls

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $7 for Gene Siskel Film Center members.

Tickets are available at midwestfilm.com/get-tickets and at the Gene Siskel Film Center website.

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