We help clients tell their stories in engaging and emotionally resonant ways. Be it a non-profit group seeking to highlight their mission, a political campaign, or a commissioned documentary, our process is collaborative with the goal of creating impactful media that helps us do good together.
Sommer Filmworks has produced numerous documentary-style videos for clients including the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, DePaul University's School for New Learning, the Hyde Park Day School, Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Midwest Buddhist Temple, Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, and many others. We have also provided cinematography and producing services to a long list of independent filmmakers and other video production companies.
If you have a video project in mind, please contact us for a free consultation.
Recent Production Highlights
IT IS NO SECRET – THE LIFE AND INSPIRATION OF REVEREND CLAY EVANS
Known as Chicago's “pastor of pastors”, Dr. Reverend Clay Evans' impact has reached far beyond the walls of Chicago's Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, the church he founded in 1950. Reverend Evans (1925 - 2019) was as a leader in the Civil Rights movement, an award-winning Gospel Music artist, a trailblazer in broadcast ministry, and a mentor to many other ministers. This short documentary interweaves oral history interviews, archival photos, What a Fellowship Hour broadcasts, and Gospel choir performances into a celebration of a legendary spiritual leader.
Now available for free streaming via Chicago PBS station WTTW's website
Not only is Ines an absolute joy to collaborate with, but she is a remarkably talented filmmaker! The Arts & Business Council of Chicago had a last minute need for a promotional video and she was able to work quickly and efficiently to deliver fantastic results. Her rich understanding of artists and the arts community played an integral role in shaping the piece. Throughout the collaboration, Ines’ vision and direction were on point. I look forward to the opportunity of working with Ines again.
Hyde Park Day School engaged Sommer Filmworks to create a video celebrating our fifteenth anniversary to be shown at our annual Gala. Ines worked beautifully with our students, parents and staff to produce an uplifting video that had warmth, humor and poignancy. We were very pleased with the outcome.