50th Anniversary Fundraiser

Matt Damon Headshot

Matt Damon

Robert Downey Jr. Headshot

Robert Downey Jr.


Dear Friends of the Film Center,

Thank you for being such an important part of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 50-year journey. This year, we celebrate half a century of bringing filmmakers, archivists, scholars, critics, and movie lovers together for our critically acclaimed film programs.

This milestone reminds us that we are doing more than just showing movies. We are creating community as we bring film lovers like you together to celebrate the power and joy of storytelling here at the Film Center. 

We’d like to call upon you, our community of film lovers, to support the Film Center as we continue to reopen and rebuild for the next 50 years. As a thank you, we are inviting everyone who contributes to gather with us–in person–to celebrate 50 years of excellence in film! Please support the Film Center in one of two ways:

  • Everyone who supports the Film Center with any size contribution, from $10 to $999, will be invited to gather at the Film Center to celebrate our 50th anniversary with an exclusive screening, followed by a special 50th-anniversary reception. Details will be announced in July.
  • Anyone who contributes a gift of $1,000 or more will receive two or more tickets to Matt Damon in Conversation with Robert Downey, Jr., a virtual conversation taking place live on the big screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Saturday, June 25 at 8:00pm. The evening will include red carpet photos, a lively reception in the Film Center’s gallery/cafe featuring delectable, luscious desserts--including a special anniversary cake--and signature cocktails. Various levels of giving are available, offering special perks, including priority seating and logo placement. Celebrate with us with a one-time generous donation! For more details, click here or email Jenna at jmrotek@saic.edu. Given that seating is limited, please be sure to respond soon. 

Every contribution is crucial to ensuring that the Film Center can continue presenting the best in international, independent, and classic cinema and connecting filmmakers and other special guests to our audiences, for another 50 years. We deeply appreciate your enduring loyalty and support and are thrilled to have the opportunity to thank you in person as we celebrate 50 years as an integral part of Chicago's cultural community. 

With much appreciation,
The entire Gene Siskel Film Center team