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3rd annual CFA MEDIA MIXER

June 19, 2014 from 8-11:59pm
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Join us as we officially celebrate our 10th Anniversary at the 3rd annual CFA Media Mixer! CFA’s annual video remix-centric benefit returns with an impressive lineup of video premieres, performances, DJs and raffle prizes. WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia (Morning Shift, Radio M) will be on deck spinning the tunes, while Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival) acts as our master of ceremonies. At the heart of this fabulously fun event is the PREMIERE of 3 video collaborations made entirely with footage from CFA.

The way this works: CFA asks three artists to make a short video piece using footage from CFA’s collections and then to turn that piece over to a sound artist/musician who records a score specifically for the piece.  In other words:

  • CFA footage x 3 filmmakers x 3 audio artists
  • Shake them up
  • Throw 3 magical sight and sound creations up on the screen

This year’s talented line-up includes (filmmakers listed first):

Latham Zearfoss AND Bastardgeist**(Sponsored by The A.V. Club and Hide Out)
Lori Felker AND Cheer-Accident (Sponsored by KR Miller Construction)
Deborah Stratman AND Olivia Block (Sponsored by Pentimenti Films)

**just added! this video collaboration will feature a live & magnetic performance by Darling Shear – poster child for all things Fabulous from the 1500’s to 1900’s.

(more on this year’s artists here)


AND so many great raffle and silent auction prizes in store! Raffle tickets will be sold before and during the event and awarded the night of the Media Mixer (you don’t have to be there to win!). Silent Auction entries will only be available at the event. And be forewarned: auction entries close at 10:30PM!


  • 30 seconds of stock footage provided by Chicago Film Archives.  ($2500 value)
  • Pair of one-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival for Friday, July 18, 2014 ($120 value)
  • Pair of one-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival for Saturday, July 19, 2014 ($120 value)
  • Pair of one-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival for Sunday, July 20, 2014 ($120 value)
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Dusty Groove, the reknowned Chicago Record Store at 1120 N. Ashland.
  • One year membership to the Art Institute of Chicago ($90 value)
  • Two 5-Person tours of the Chicago Theater for five people ($300 value)
  • $50 AMC Movie Theaters gift card
  • Manicure/Pedicure at Forbici Salon (Arlington Heights) with Beauty Products Gift Basket ($100+ value)
  • Autumn Weekend get-away at 4-bedroom house on Lake Geneva
  • Dinner for two at 42 Grams, a 2.5 hour dinner party experience created by Jake Bickelhaupt, former chef at Alinea, Charlie Trotter’s, and Schwa.  Be prepared for a multi-course extravaganza.  ($400 value, alcohol not included)
  • Two three-day passes (now sold out) at the Pitchfork  Music Festival happening on Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, 2014.  ($260 value)
  • Cooking lessons for two with award-winning, radio and TV personality, Dave Esau, Chef-owner of Dave’s Specialty Foods.  Dave was a chef at Charlie Trotter’s and the Ritz Carlton in Chicago.  Dave offers culinary arts courses ranging from French Provence Cooking to Knife Skills. ($200 value)
  • Two tickets to Arcade Fire at the United Center on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. ($180 value)
  • $100 gift certificate to the hot Pilsen eatery Dusek’sDine on such delicacies as Kentucky Fried Quail or Striped Bass.
  • Two 10th row tickets to Natalie Merchant Concert at Chicago Theater on July 24, 2014 ($115 value)
  • Two Club-level tickets to a weeknight Bulls’ Game—date to be determined between donor and prizewinner. ($170 value)
All proceeds from the CFA MEDIA MIXER go to benefit the Chicago Film Archives and their efforts to identify, preserve and provide access to the Midwest’s audio-visual heritage. CFA MEDIA MIXER gives CFA fans a chance to support the efforts of both CFA and local artists at the same time!
And last but not least, thanks to this year’s sponsors:
AV Fest & Hideout Block Party, Old Style, K. R. Miller Contractors, Pentimenti Productions


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