Re-release of Film:The Chicago Maternity Center Story

This poster was made by the Chicago Women's Graphics Collective and is available at the Herstory Store!

Later this month, Kartemquin Films will be presenting a special screening of The Chicago Maternity Center Story.  The screening will take place on January 29th at 1.30pm at the Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL.

The Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries to Chicago mothers for over 75 years.  But, in 1974 the center was forced to close after a decrease in funding from Northwestern University.  The film tells the story of the center and their fight to stay open in the face of the corporate take-over in medicine.  CWLU was an important partner in the coalition fighting to keep the center open.  Former CWLU members are in the film and were on the crew that made the film.

Filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Jenny Rohrer, Sue Davenport, Jerry Blumenthal and Sharon Karp will be present for an audience discussion following the screening, and the event will mark the start of Kartemquin's 45th anniversary celebrations!

The Chicago Maternity Center Story will be shown in a pristine new print taken from a never-before-screened original fine grain master from the Kartemquin archives. Both films will screen in 16mm.

The screening is part of the Film Center's 'Stranger Than Fiction' documentary series. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 students, $5 for Film Center members. Get tickets and more information.

The DVD will be available from at the end of this month.