Cold Chicago Productions, run by Warren Leming, Kurt Jacobsen and Hugh Iglarsh, in association with fiscal agent Near North West Arts Council of
Chicago, produces shoestring-budget guerrilla documentaries, videos, theater, and, occasionally, unholy blends of all the above. Documentary projects include the multiple award-winning "American Road" (104 min), "The Milagro
Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols" (78 min), and "Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academe" (55 min). Our productions have screened at The American Documentary Film Festival, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, New Haven International Film Festival, AMFM Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, Albuquerque Film Festival, Davis International Film Festival, White Sands Film Festival, New Mexico Film Festival, Highway 61 Film Festival, Route 66 Film Festival, Long Island Film Festival, Utopia Film Festival, the Science Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Red Dirt International Film Festival and many more. Ongoing projects include a documentary portrait of actor/activist Ed Asner and a documentary on legendary journalist and screenwriter Clancy Sigal.
Kurt Jacobsen has published ten books and written about cinema for periodicals ranging from the Chicago Reader to Film Comment to the London Guardian. He has worked on documentaries in the US and Europe, including as co-producer and co-writer of the forthcoming ‘The Legend of Charlotte Bach’ from Malachite Productions in the UK.
Warren Leming is a former member of the Second City Touring Company, musical director and actor with Paul Sills' Story Theater Company, a founder of the band Wilderness Road (Columbia and Warner Brothers), a theater director, author of several books, and creator, with Denis Mueller, of 7 documentaries. He is also a producer of the forthcoming 'Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All' (Bulletproof Films).
Hugh Iglarsh, co-producer of "Velvet Prisons" and "Ed Asner: On Stage and Off", is a Chicago-based writer who contributes regularly to New City, Counterpunch and other periodicals.
Jan Mueller, chief editor for At The Movies, worked on American Road and Velvet Prisons.
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