Cooked Chicago Theatrical Premiere

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code | Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.) from July 12th to 25th

July 12th Opening Night: 7:00 p.m. pre-screening reception | 8:15 p.m. screening and Q&A

KTQ Group Rate Tickets: $6.50

Join Kartemquin at the theatrical premiere of Cooked: Survival by Zip Code. Before the opening night screening on Friday July 12th, your ticket gets you access to a reception with light appetizers and one free drink! Director Judith Helfand will be present for post-screening Q&As on the 13th, 14th, and 18th; members of the film team will be in person for post-screening Q&As on the 19th, 20th, 21th, 23th, and 25th.

About the Film (trt: 82 min): Inspired by Eric Klineberg’s book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Helfand (BLUE VINYL) takes a hard, personal, and often quirky look at the inequity of natural disaster, beginning with her family’s own experience of Hurricane Sandy. She ultimately zeroes in on Chicago’s shockingly inadequate response to the deadly July 1995 heatwave, during which the city morgue overflowed with the sudden deaths of 726 citizens, largely the elderly and people of color from the city’s impoverished South and West Side. This audacious look at natural disaster American-style starts with the stark premise that a zip code can be an accurate predictor of life or death when nature unleashes its worst. With increasing frequency and force, climate change sets the agenda for hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and such, but systemic neglect, deep poverty, and political expediency have already drawn the line between the survivors and the doomed, even before disaster strikes.

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