Chicago Film Community Mourns the Loss of JJ Ingram

Chicago has lost one of the cornerstones of its film and television production community. Jacqueline “JJ” Ingram passed away this month, and her fellow filmmakers and collaborators are remembering her talent and kindness as they mourn her passing. Friends describe JJ as an irreplaceable force on the Chicago filmmaking scene. Ingram’s credits include supervising producer of eighteen episodes of the Lilly Wachowski co-produced Showtime series Work In Progress, producer of Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road; and a producer of Haroula Rose’s Once Upon A River. JJ was also Creative Development Producer at Breaking Light Studio.

A gofundme has been started to collect donations to help support JJ’s children. Click here to offer your generous support.

Here is the full obituary for JJ, including details for the visitation and wake coming up this weekend.

Several of JJ’s friends and fellow artists shared their admiration and adoration for JJ with SCREEN…

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to know, like and trust JJ as a work collaborator. The Chicago film community has lost such a bright light, and champion of underrepresented voices. I am also mourning the loss of a wonderful friend and close sister, who made an indelible mark on my heart. My sympathies to all who were touched by her brilliance at work, and especially to her family whom she held so dear.” – Mary Kay Cook, Producer

“JJ was a very special person to so many. She was the definition of a ‘Boss.’ May the work that she did to lay the groundwork for so many in the Chicago Film community never be forgotten.” – Qadree Holmes, Executive Producer and Founder, Quriosity Productions

“i am wrecked by this. completely heartbroken that my pal is gone. that i will never be able to tell stories with her again. and at a loss for words faced by the vacuum left by this amazing woman on the filmmaking community of Chicago. i will miss her always but will cherish the moments we had together.” – Lilly Wachowski, Filmmaker, Work In Progress, The Matrix

Thank you to Lilly for sharing this wonderful photo…

“JJ’s passing is a huge loss to me on a personal and professional level. Aside from being one of the kindest, most sincere people I have ever met, her professional growth occurred over a very short period of time. She was ready to make her mark in the film world. Tragically, her life was cut short by a terrible disease. I think of her often and I will miss her greatly. JJ called me Uncle Reid which always made me laugh. Rest in peace Dear Niece JJ.” – Reid Brody, Producer

“JJ believed in people more than projects or anything else. Above all, she treated everyone with love and respect, and she worked hard, always with the best demeanor that put everyone at ease. I cannot believe she’s gone, we all miss her terribly.” – Haroula Rose, Director, Once Upon a River

Haroula sent over photos of JJ from their work together on Once Upon a River…

“Losing a close friend and business partner is hard enough, but Chicago lost someone on the way to being a major force in film and television” – Eddie and Susie Linker, Producer, Co-Founders of Elevated Films Chicago

“JJ was a hell of a producer, and an even better friend. Since we started working together in 2013, I never had a doubt that JJ had my back. She was fiercely loyal and an incredibly hard worker. She was devoted to her family, and if you were her friend, you were her family. Her passing has left a hole in the Chicago film community that can never be filled. We were all lucky to have her for as long as we did. I will miss her very much.” – Kris Rey, Writer-Director, Unexpected

“JJ was creativity and drive wrapped in a blanket of warmth and kindness. I feel lucky to have known her and called her my friend.” – Betsy Steinberg, Former Director of the Illinois Film Office, Former Executive Director of Kartemquin

“From meeting her as an eager film student we watched firsthand her inspired journey to become a creative collaborator and formidable Producer. JJ is family and we will forever miss her angelic voice in the choir and her smile that brightens any room. We simply love her.” – DeAnna and Kevin Cooper, Filmmakers, I Heart Shakey, Chasing the Blues

Please consider donating to the gofundme effort to help support JJ’s children. Click here to offer your generous support.

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