• Third Coast Festival
  • Navy Pier
  • 848 East Grand
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 60611-3509

2013 third coast Filmless Festival - 
Wish you Were There


The 2013 Third Coast Filmless Festival stretched into two days for the first time ever - October 19 & 20 at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. The weekend included audio screenings, live presentations, workshops, a sonic stroll, lobby hoopla and countless moments of sonic happiness.


This year's screenings - "Re:animate," "Re:arrangement," "Re:lationships," "Re:location" and "Re:vealing" - were inspired in title and careful curation by our own l'il show Re:sound. (Duh)

After each screening, a featured producer was invited up for a Q&A session - thanks to Roman Mars, Lulu Miller, Jonathan Mitchell, Laura Starecheski and Lea Thau, for traveling from far and wide to be there.

Each screening started out with one of two "audio logos," produced by Third Coast's Katie Mingle. All visual design was created by Cyticre.com.

Audio logo 1 features the voice of Tim Hinman.


Audio logo 2 features the voice of Neenah Ellis.



For the first time ever, we offered basic workshops to inspire audio storytelling among the masses. Apparently this was a good idea - they all sold out! And fast. Among the offerings Editing (w/Vocalo's Ayana Contreras,) Interviewing (w/ Storycorps' Michael Garofalo,) Listening (via "sonic stroll" guided by Curious City's Jennifer Brandel and Logan Jaffe,) Podcasting (w/99% Invisible's Roman Mars,) Recording (w/Columbia College's George Zarr) and Storytelling (w/Lea Thau, from KCRW's Strangers podcast.)


in the flesh

We also celebrated sound and story with live presentations, including Joe Richman's Radio Diaries Revisited, and "Behind the Scenes with the 2013 TC/RHDF Competition Winners," hosted by Snap Judmgent's Glynn Washington, and featuring many of the intrepid and talented producers responsible for this year's winning documentaries.


EVENING events

Both Filmless evenings continued the days' festivities. The ShortDocs Feast, hosted by Re:sound's Gwen Macsai, presented the five winning stories (inspired by the idea of "appetite") from this year's ShortDocs Challenge. Also on hand were the ShortDocs Chefs - beloved Chicago food heros, who responded to the winning ShortDocs via unique culinary concoctions.

The next evening, Glynn Washington and his posse of Snap Judgment storytellers took the stage as part of our annual Awards Celebration, which revealed then duly feted the 2013 TC/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition winners



The Third Coast Filmless Festival was made possible with lead sponsorship from the Radio Department, School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago, and additional sponsorship from Ariel Investments, the Boeing Company, Current.org, Evanston Athletic Club, Hindenburg Systems, WBEZ 91.5 and William Blair.



Check out this and that and that FB album for many, many more very excellent photos from Filmless! And click on images below to enlarge.
Photos by Kate Joyce.

File under Audio Hoopla: Artist David More performed free "audio portraits" for anyone interested.


Joe Richman talked with former teenage diariest Josh Cutler, during Radio Diaries Revisited.


Lea Thau covered the finer points of the "story arc" in her STORYTELLING workshop.


ShortDocs Chef Abe Conlon talked about how Mary T.D. Schilling's ShortDoc inspired this pie.


The ShortDocs Feast culminated in a private/public dinner party for producers and Chefs.

Katie Mingle + Roman Mars. This may be the cutest photo ever taken. 


Glynn Washington hosted the 2013 Third Coast Awards Celebration with great panache.


Producers Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz eloquently accepted the Gold Award.


Artistic Director Julie Shapiro bid farewell to Third Coast with tears, flowers, and giggles.

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