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Cooked: Survival by Zipcode


July 12 – 25, 2019

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601



Friday, July 12: 2pm & 8:15pm*
Saturday, July 13: 5pm*
Sunday, July 14: 2pm
Monday, July 15: 6pm
Tuesday, July 16: 7:45pm
Wednesday, July 17: 6pm
Thursday, July 18 @ 8pm

Friday, July 19: 8:15pm*
Saturday, July 20: 7:30pm*
Sunday, July 21: 5:15pm*
Tuesday, July 23:  8pm*
Wednesday, July 24: 6pm
Thursday, July 25: 8pm *

* *Please check back later for more information about special appearances during indicated screenings.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Purchasing your tickets via the All In™ Purchase Ticket Link will provide you with access to discounted ticket pricing, courtesy of Kartemquin Educational Films.  The discounted Rate for All In™ supporters is $6.50, full price tickets are $12 through the Gene Siskel Film Center Website.

After more than 10 years in the making, COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, will come home to Chicago for a theatrical run at the Gene Siskel Film Center July 12-25th. The timing of this premiere is with the 24th anniversary of the 1995 Heat Wave.

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Survival by Zip Code is a searing yet quirky investigation into the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the unnatural ones we’re not. Adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

Synopsis: 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 — in which 739 people died, mostly black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city, ties it back to the underlying manmade disaster of systemic structural racism and then goes 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 with a slight torque of the system and a reframe of the terms disaster, preparedness and resilience we could invest in the most “vulnerable communities” now - instead of waiting for the next “natural disaster”. - Kartemquin Educational Films


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