June 24th, 5pm • Downtown Chicago

Our evening began at an exclusive and spectacular private residence overlooking Lake Michigan and Millennium Park in Chicago. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with producers, directors and subjects from our most celebrated films while feasting on elegant food and cocktails under the stars.


Our exclusive Gala Dinner location, offering these views, will be revealed to ticket purchasers only.

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$500 Ticket Included

  • Delicious Dinner and Drinks

  • VIP Access to #KTQ50 Birthday Party at Harris Rooftop

  • Streaming access through 2016 to the entire Kartemquin Films back catalog of over 55+ award-winning films

  • VIP access to Special Guests, Filmmakers and Subjects

  • Stunning views and great conversation

  • Business Casual attire

Send checks to:
Kartemquin Films, 1901 W Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657.

Call: 773-472-4366 with queries.

Chaz Ebert, Honorary Chair


Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert is the CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including The Ebert Company, Ltd, Ebert Productions LLC and Ebert Digital LLC, which publishes the movie review website, Rogerebert.com. She was the Executive Producer of Ebert Presents At The Movies. She hosts The Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival (Ebertfest) at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Ebertfest was co-founded by Chaz and her husband Roger Ebert, and is now in its 18th year. They are also the subjects of the award-winning documentary, Life Itself, based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Roger Ebert.

For over twenty years she has attended and participated in film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Chicago, Hawaii, Venice, The Floating Film Festival, South Africa, Karlovy Vary and many others, serving as the president of the IMAX jury at the Hawaii International Film Festival, writing official program notes for the Telluride Film Festival, and reporting by both print and video from the Cannes Film Festival.  

Previously, as a civil rights attorney, she was named Lawyer of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and also previously served as a litigator in the areas of environmental affairs, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property litigation.

Her civic and community passions include an interest in programs for women and children and families with an emphasis on education and the arts.  She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Dubuque, a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Law degree from DePaul University.  

Mrs. Ebert is a Life Trustee of the Art Institute and currently serves on the board of directors ofthe Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, After School Matters, and The Tree of Life Foundation of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  

Media access to event is available. Direct inquiries to Sarah Schwartz - 773-472-4366.