Cold Chicago Productions Ltd

About Us

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. Documentaries 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, Oxford International Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, USA Film Festival in Dallas, Sedona International Film Festival, Louisville International Film Festival, Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, Virginia Film Festival, Moondance International Film Festival, Highway 61 Film Festival,  Route 66 Film Festival, Long Island Film Festival, Red Dirt International Film Festival and many more. Current projects include a documentary on legendary journalist and screenwriter Clancy Sigal.


Kurt Jacobsen has published eleven 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 '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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