Midwest Independent Film Festival names Executive Director

Midwest Independent Film Festival names Executive Director

The Midwest Independent Film Festival, the year-round film festival dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community, today named Amy Guth as Executive Director.

Guth is a WGN-AM 720 talk radio host, and is a facilitator for The Op-Ed Project, an organization working to increase the diversity of voice in the public conversation.

“Amy has a strong background in multimedia storytelling, leadership and community engagement, and will be a valuable asset to the festival,” said Michael Kwielford, who co-founded the festival in 2005 with Mike McNamara, who previously served as Executive Director of the festival. “Continuing the good work in the film community looking forward to furthering the mission that McNamara and I envisioned when we created and continued to build the festival.”

Guth joins the Midwest Independent Film Festival after various roles with Chicago Tribune, including General Manager and Publisher of RedEye/Metromix. Prior to joining the Tribune, Guth founded Pilcrow Lit Fest, a successful independent press publishing festival. “One key focus for me will be creative community building, and supporting and showcasing the diversity of filmmakers in Chicago and across the Midwest,” said Guth, who is currently working on a documentary film project about online harassment.

Guth begins the new role ahead of the next two Festival events: a free screening of “High Fidelity” on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park, in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, and the annual Female Filmmakers Night on August 7 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema , hosted by the Midwest Film Festival and Canon, which includes a Grand Jury Prize.