The Events

Friday, July 6, 2012


When: 6pm-8pm
Where: Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616
Come out and enjoy great food, good drinks and INCREDIBLE poets on the Rooftop of Reggie's! Featuring readings from poets FM Supreme, Malcolm London, Briel Daniels and Deja Taylor!

To Attend the Event --> Donate a minimum of $25 to CISCFF by clicking on the "Make a Donation" button on AND entering your name.

When you make the donation, you'll get:
Open Bar 6-7pm (Wine, Domestic Bottles & Well Liquor)
Free Buffet 6-8pm (Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chicken Wings, Veggie Burgers, Mac & Cheese, Mixed Greens)
Poetry Readings 7-8pm

Limited space available on the rooftop so make your donation now!

About some of CISCFF's "Poetry on the Rooftop: Speaking Change Into Existence" Featured Poets:
Jessica Disu
Also known as FM Supreme, Ms. Disu is a gifted businesswoman, writer, poet, activist and MC who, the Chicago Tribune very appropriately said, “rocks our world.” FM Supreme is a 2x consecutive winner of ‘Louder Than a Bomb’ Youth Poetry Festival.
She has also performed throughout the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with MC Lyte, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-One, Lupe Fiasco, Common, David Banner, Nikki Giovanni and a host of others.
As a businesswoman, she produces, books, hosts, plans and coordinates such as The Taste of Chicago’s “Fun Stage” in 2009.

For more information on FM Supreme, visit:
For booking, e-mail

Malcolm London
Is a young Chicago poet, performer and educator. He is the winner of ‘Louder Than a Bomb’ Youth Poetry Festival 2011, taking 1st place as an individual performer and with his team.
Mr. London has performed throughout the country, sharing stages with actor Matt Damon, artist Lupe Fiasco, and singer/songwriter Robin Thicke.
Mr. London also hosts YouMedia Lyricist Loft, the largest weekly youth open mic in Chicago, and is a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a city-wide board.
Finally, Mr. London teaches artists at Young Chicago Authors and other schools. Malcolm anticipates his first public chapbook from New School Poetics in 2012.

For more information on Malcolm London, visit:
(Check out our facebook invite for more information!

Friday, June 29, 2012

When: 6pm-8pm
Where: 1209 North Astor, 14 South, Chicago, IL 60610
**There is a limited amount of space for this event so please send a request to RSVP to if you would like to attend this event**
Come join internationally renowned mediator Lynn Cohn and CISCFF for a private soiree that will feature the unveiling of CISCFF’s vision for 2012 and 2013, robust discussions regarding social change and opportunities to support CISCFF and its vision!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

When: 9am-3pm
Where: Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153
Donating blood is one way in which almost everyone can make a difference in someone else’s life. Come out and join CISCFF and Loyola Medical Center in doing our part to making that difference in the lives of others!
Even if you are uncomfortable giving blood, you can still join us in making the community aware of the blood drive and CISCFF!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

When: 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Northwestern Law School, 375 E. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611 (Room # McCormick 375)
Come join CISCFF, interested community members and other partners during our monthly (the last Sunday of every month) discussion regarding ways to create social change through: buzz, support, films, partnerships and more!!
Enter the law school via the entrance located at 375 E. Chicago and follow the signs to get to the room!

Friday, June 15, 2012

When: 9pm-11pm
Where: Bull & Bear, 431 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60610
Come on out Friday and help the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival TAKEOVER Bull & Bear!!

We're going to add another dimension to the sports, stocks and networking-esque discussions there by chatting about CISCFF's newest developments, about the exciting and incredible film submissions and partnerships we've been forming and about anything else on your mind relating to social change!!

IF you have wristband (which you get for donating to CISCFF at the door) gets you:
1) a complimentary vodka reception provided from *10-11pm*.
2) $1 off drinks all night, or
3) $30 for all you can drink.

We look forward to seeing EVERYONE there!! (If you are reading this, that means you )
(Check out our facebook invite for more information!

May 30, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, for CISCFF's "All You Gotta Do Is Eat" Fundraiser!!

All you have to do is order pizza, salad or breadsticks (specific sorts detailed below) now to be picked up on May 30 or order in person on May 30 and the HomeMade Pizza Co. will make a donation to CISCFF!!

Spread the word!!

Where/How to Order:
1) pre-order NOW from the 1127 N. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60610, location, and have whichever of the below items you order to be picked up on May 30, 2012.


2) Join us anytime on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 11am to 9pm at Home Made Pizza (1127 N. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60610) and order one of the below items.

What to Order for CISCFF to Receive Donations:
CISCFF will receive a
$5 for each large or gluten-free pizza order,
$2 for each large salad ordered,
$1 for each order of breadsticks ordered,
20% of every gift card sold.

Pizza. . .Yum:-) Social Change. . .Yes:-)

May 5, 2012

Please join us at the Read/Write Library for a social screening event on Saturday, May 5th from approximately 5-7 pm!
This particular event will feature a screening of the short film "Admissions" as well as facillitated discussion on what it means to be a Social Change film and how film can best be used as a tool of social activism in order to create direct social change. Additionally, we are very fortunate to have Ms. Zoe Bakoru-Bakoko, Former Cabinet Minister and member of Parliament of Uganda, will be speaking on her life's works in activism and social changed.

Dominos will be providing pizza for event attendees.

Admissions synopsis:
"In the twentieth century, an estimated 160 million people died as a result of war. Yet, despite all the suffering the human race endured, peace on earth remains elusive.

An effective peace process puts us in touch with our higher nature and reminds us of what we truly are. It unites by transforming separate interests into shared interests. For only in oneness can peace endure. To change minds and remove walls that separate us, what is needed is a strengthened global awareness that the past must be forgiven without exception. Only then can ancient hatreds be left behind and weapons be laid down.

"Admissions" is a 15-minute short film starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell that tells a transformational tale about the wisdom that is required to truly forgive, even in war-torn places like the Middle East. Featuring an Israeli couple and the Palestinian suicide bomber who killed them, this modern parable is set in the Admissions Room for heaven and hell. Its purpose is to start a healing conversation on earth."

Zoe Bakoru-Bakoko, Former Cabinet Minister and member of Parliament of Uganda

Ms Bakoru-Bakoko is the former Cabinet Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development and member of the Parliament of Uganda, Africa. During her tenure as minister, Ms Bakoru-Bakoko developed the Social Development Investment Plan (SDIP) and the Orphans Vulnerable Children Policy (OVC), the nation’s guiding policy on orphaned children. With over 20 years of experience in the areas of conflict resolution, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, health education and community development, she has a proven record of improving efficiency, service and fiscal responsibility for organizations and government agencies. Ms Bakoru-Bakoko holds a Masters Degree in International Health from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, Scotland), a Bachelors Degree in Public Health Nursing from the Institute of Public Health Studies (Kampala, Uganda), a Registered Midwife Certification from the School of Nursing/Midwifery (Kampala, Uganda) and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse degree from the Butabika School of Psychiatry and Psychology Nursing (Kampala, Uganda.) In 2005, Ms Bakoru-Bakoko was awarded the United Nations Peace Award for her work in facilitating the Somali peace process. Her efforts increased awareness of the suffering of Somali women, youth and children. In 2006, Ms. Bakoru-Bakoko was interviewed for a documentary on HIV-AIDS in Uganda, Africa. Ms Bakoru-Bakoko is a member of several international organizatiions, associations and committees. Ms Bakoru-Bakoko provides consultancy and training for T.R.I.B.E.’s community development and health education programs.

April 15, 2012

Please join us at People Lounge (Everyone come on out to CISCFF's kick off social screening event Sunday, April 15th at 6:00pm at People's Lounge (1560 N. Milwaukee) for Chicago International Social Change Film Festival's (or CISCFF) kickoff event!

We formed CISCFF so that there can be a venue where untold stories throughout the world can be told.

Specifically, CISCFF will provide funding and a forum for art and film that promote social change while providing an avenue for people to be connected to direct action opportunities that address the issues featured in the films and art.

To kick-off this effort, we'll be screening trailers from our upcoming Festival, and the bar has graciously provided us with sangria specials.

We looking forward to seeing you there,

Todd & Emile (Festival Co-Founders)