‘Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music’ comes to Chicago

Following a successful film festival run, the award-winning Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is coming to Chicago for a one-time-only screening.

The music documentary showcases one of the most intense and unique relationships between people who rarely meet: music artists and their fans. 

Featuring acclaimed musicians the Indigo Girls, Talib Kweli and Vijay Iyer, along with founder of the Hip Hop Architecture Camps Michael Ford and activist Dylan Yellowlees, Mixtape Trilogy shows the power of music through the eyes of the artist and the receiver of that art. Directed, written and produced by Kathleen Ermitage and executive produced by Alan Cogen, Dave Harding and Emmy, Grammy and Writers Guild Award nominee John Scheinfeld, the filmmakers prompt a conversation to show how music impacts lives, fosters empathy, and prompts acts of social justice.

Sunday, Nov. 12
The Davis Theater
4614 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
The screening will start at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A led by Richard Roeper with the director and producers

“Most people don’t meet the musicians and songwriters that influence them and often change their lives. It felt important to shine a different kind of light on these relationships and how music brings people together through times of turbulent and confusing societal shifts,” said Ermitage

The public screening, which begins at 4 p.m., will conclude with a panel hosted by renowned film critic Richard Roeper with filmmakers Cogen and Ermitage, and film subject and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Garnette Cadogan, to discuss the immersive production process and musical inspiration that fueled the creation of the film. 

All proceeds from the screening will directly benefit The People’s Music School, a Chicago-based organization devoted to the belief that music is both transformational and empowering for families, communities and the youth among them, and ensuring access to high-quality and tuition-free music education for those who desire it. 

“I’m overjoyed to bring Mixtape Trilogy back to the city where my musical roots were first planted– Chicago. It’s even more empowering that we’re able to partner with an organization such as The People’s Music School which is an embodiment of our documentary’s mission to inspire social awareness and create music and arts access for all,” added Ermitage.

Mixtape Trilogy won the Artistic Vision Award at the 2022 Richmond International Film Festival and was an official selection of Sound Unseen, San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival. 

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