Blue Damen Pictures nfp (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Pete Garlock
  • Title:Board Member

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Blue Damen Pictures nfp
  • Address:c/o Steven Edsey and Sons
    333 N Michigan Ave Suite 1001
    Chicago, IL 60601
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:847 533 7211

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:875 Blackhawk Drive
    Elgin, IL 60120
    United States

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:773-972-1568

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • Blue Damen Pictures is a non-profit film production company. Our goal is to create opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to get hands on filmmaking experience and to give professional filmmakers the chance to unleash their creativity. We are dedicated to producing one-of-a-kind, imaginative films that communicate, educate and entertain audiences.

  • History:
  • Blue Damen Pictures began as a small ensemble of aspiring filmmakers from a variety of backgrounds and no formal training with the goal of making films that entertain, educate, and communicate with audiences. In 2007 we incorporated as a 50(c)3 company with the goal of providing opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to get hands on experience on films outside of a film school.

    Since then we have produced three award winning short films. Our first film, "Persephone", was a multiple-award winning experimental retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone using masks, puppets, and original music. Our second film "The Visionary" explored the relationship between artist and observer and the potential for mis-communication between the two. Most recently we premiered our family short entitled "Mattress World" which illustrated the story of a man learning to listen to his inner child.

    Working with Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago and Butler University we also began a summer internship program for college age students for the past two summers. Interns were involved in all levels of the production and pre-production filmmaking process.

    Current projects include the ongoing production of "Insomniac Chronicles" a feature length film comprised of a collection of short films. We are in pre-production for one of these short films: "Recalculating" set to begin filming in 2011. We are also currently in production on a feature documentary "Something Sweet" about the prevalence of sugar in American food and culture.

    Our goals for the future of our production company is to build a full-time team of filmmakers and educators to increase our ability to provide hand-on filmmaking opportunities to individuals and the community. We also hope to expand the scope of the films that we produce to expand our audience (family, commercial, independent, education) technical skills (ex, digital animation) and artistic integrity in order to produce a higher quality of work and to make that work available to more people to view.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:0

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Amanda "Gwydhar" Bratton Gebien
    Ronald "Danellyn" Gebien
    Daniel Vendt
    Greg Jeszka
    Pete Garlock

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Amanda "Gwydhar" Gebien, President


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:38-3761960