Midwest Indie’s 2019 Female Filmmakers Night

Meghann Artes’ "Oh Baby!"

Meghann Artes’ “Oh Baby!”

The Midwest
Independent Film
Festival’s venerable
tradition takes place
tomorrow night at
Century Cinema

The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present Female Filmmakers Night for the October installment of its monthly First Tuesday event tomorrow, October 1, from 6-9:30 p.m. at Landmark Century Cinema.

Dating back more than a decade, Female Filmmakers Night is an honored tradition that highlights films created by women from Chicago and the Midwest.

This year’s lineup includes Director Meghann Artes’ Oh Baby! and eight additional films, listed below. For tickets and additional information, click here.



Castle On Berwyn (Director, Jessica Baston) Life as a 5-year old, finding the extraordinary in the mundane.

The Scary Ham (Director, Sue Mroz) Two middle-aged sisters sorting through 50 years’ worth of family memorabilia reconnect, as they contend with their late father’s beloved ham.

Eat Your Heart Out (Director, Abby Pierce) In Wallace’s world, falling in love means giving your heart away. Literally. With her wedding only days away, Wallace must retrieve her heart from Douglas, her first love, and put it back into her chest before walking down the aisle. But when Douglas reveals that he cut her heart to pieces with a butter knife and scattered it around the city, the ex-lovers revisit their old haunts to collect the pieces of Wallace’s broken heart.

Hey Man (Director Ann Zorn) Chaos ensues when a young girl loudly interrupts her mother’s suburban makeup party.

Oh Baby! (Director Meghann Artes) Miracle, science and luck all play a part in this vibrant and fantastic imagining of how life begins.

On the Bit (Director Ashley Brandon) On the Bit follows Jenny, an Iraq-war veteran plagued by severe Anxiety and PTSD. After exhausting all medical and therapeutic efforts to alleviate the daily nightmares and tremors which torment her, Jenny attempts one last means of healing; working with horses that are just as damaged as she is. Not only is Jenny tasked to gentle and heal a wild American Mustang suffering from debilitating PTSD from the trauma of their capture by the U.S. government, she must also lead a team of fellow veterans into the spotlight of a high-stakes rodeo performance.

MES (Director Jessica Baston) MES is a fashion film utilizing complex color palettes and high frame rates. Taking on a visually abstract stance to content socially deemed as “feminine.” Brought to you by women on and off screen, MES conveys defiant emotions and feminist undertones.

One Foot in Front (Director Kelsie Adams) A mother and her three young daughters make a clandestine leap of faith into the uncertain winter night, escaping from their toxic home life.

The Follower (Director Patricia Frontain) Starring John Seda (Chicago PD) and Kara Killmer (Chicago Fire) To the outside world, Mary, John and their daughter Annie seem like a happy family. But, within the walls of their home, it is far from happy. As the mother and child struggle to find their voices they realize that no one should live in fear.

About the Midwest Independent Film Festival
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every first Tuesday of the month at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community. This film festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. .

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