Join IFP by Jan. 26 to screen and vote on 16 IFP/Spirit Award entries

If you’re not a member of IFP/Midwest and you’re an indie film fanatic ? here’s your chance to join the organization and enjoy all the benefits of membership ? plus cast your vote for the best of 16 indie films competing for the IFP/ Independent Spirit Awards.

Starting Jan. 22, entries will be held nightly through Saturday, Feb. 7. Films include “Monster” (if you attended the IFP Conference you heard writer/director Patty Jenkins tell of her experiences making the movie), “Thirteen” “Pieces of April,” “House of Sand and Fog,” “Bomb the System,” “Mayor of Sunset Strip,” “Fog of War” and more.

To kick things off Jan. 22 at 5:30, the director of “Virgin,” actress Deborah Kampmeier, tells how she produced it for $65,000 in 21 days. It stars Robin Wright Penn and Elisabeth Moss. “Virgin” is a nominee in the John Cassavetes Award category and the only feature not theatrically released.

Two films will screen at 6:30 and 8:30 weeknights and at 10 a.m. and 4:15 Saturdays (no Sunday screenings) at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Room 302. Members admitted free, of course.

Join IFP by Jan. 26 and be eligible to attend the screenings and receive a ballot to vote. Membership is $85 for individuals, $60 students ? far less than the cost of movie theatre admission to see even half the Spirit Award entries.

Contact Rebekah Cowing at, call 312/435-1825, or register online at