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Cooked: Survival by Zip Code at 7PM Tuesday, October 22

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Cooked: Survival by Zip Code at 7PM Part of the Kartemquin Presents Series

  • Date: October 22, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Price: $10
    $10 general admission, $5 student
  • Rating: This film is not rated
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Resources: Film Website, IMDB

Panel discussion after the film including Lake County Emergency Manager William P. Mazzeno, Lake Forest Fire Chief Peter Siebert, Barbara Karacic Executive Director of Alliance for Human Services Lake County and Fenell Doremus, the film’s producer.


In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’; daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Inspired by Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

October 22, 2019 at 11am and 7pm, $10 tickets, concessions available



Fenell Doremus, Producer
Fenell Doremus has worked in documentary film since graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Sociology. She began her career as an Assistant Editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. She went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. While at Kartmequin, Doremus was Segment Producer and a Segment Editor (Palestinian story) of The New Americans.

More by Fenell Doremus:
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Co-Producer
In the Game – Sound
The New Americans – Palestinian Story Directors/Producers

Judith Helfand, Director
Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Her award-winning films, three of which had world premieres at Sundance, were all nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and were linked to rigorous engagement. They include: The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with veteran George Stoney), Blue Vinyl, and Everything’s Cool (co-directed with Daniel B.)

About Kartemquin Films:

Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.

Kartemquin’s films have received three Academy Award® nominations and won many more major prizes, including six Emmys® and two Peabody Awards. Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs and championing of documentary.

Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.

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Winner of the 2019 People’s Choice Award at ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AT YALE