Cold Chicago Productions Ltd., run by Warren Leming and Kurt Jacobsen, in association with fiscal agent Near North West Arts Council of Chicago, produces debt-defying, shoestring-budget guerrilla documentaries, videos, theater, and, occasionally, unholy blends of all the above. Previous projects include the award-winning documentaries "American Road" (where Asner voiced Walt Whitman and The Weavers' Lee Hays) and "The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols" which premiered at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and played at many others.

Also completed is "Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academe" (55 min. 2013) which premiered at the "Humanity Explored" Film Festival. Other projects include a feature documentary in post-production on legendary writer and screenwriter Clancy Sigal and a short feature based on an Ambrose Bierce Civil War short story.


On the festival circuit.


Warren Leming, co-director, is a former member of the Second City Touring Company, musical director and actor with Paul Sills' Story Theater Company, a founder of the band Wilderness Road (Columbia and Warner Brothers), a theater director, author of several books, and creator, with Denis Mueller, of seven earlier documentaries. He also is most recently co-producer of 'Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All.'

Kurt Jacobsen, co-director, has published eleven books and written about cinema for periodicals ranging from the Chicago Reader to Film Comment to the London Guardian. He has worked on many documentaries in the US and Europe, including as co-producer and co-writer of the forthcoming ‘The Legend of Charlotte Bach’ from Malachite Productions in the UK.

Hugh Iglarsh, associate, is a writer who contributes regularly to New City, Counterpunch and other periodicals. He also is coproducer of 'Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia.'

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