Ines Sommer


Public bio

Ines Sommer is a Chicago-based filmmaker, cinematographer and curator. Ines is currently at work on the human rights documentary "Beneath the Blindfold", which she is co-directing with Kathy Berger. "Beneath the Blindfold" movingly tells the personal stories of four torture survivors who live in the United States. Although they hail from different countries, their common experience unites them in their desire to speak out against torture. The film is currently in the final editing phase. Read more at: In addition to making her own films, Ines also shoots documentaries for other filmmakers and produces and shoots videos for non-profit organizations. Ines received a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her camera work on Daniel Alpert’s "A Doula Story: On the Frontlines of Teen Pregnancy" and she shared cinematography credits on two recent documentaries by Chicago's legendary Kartemquin Films: Maria Finitzo’s Peabody award-winning “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita” and Joanna Rudnick's Emmy-nominated "In the Family." Building audiences for independent, experimental and documentary films has always been of great importance to Ines and she has worked for non-profit media arts organizations and festivals on and off for the past twenty years. In late 2008, she co-founded Percolator Films (, a non-profit film organization that presents independent films in the Chicago-area. Among Percolator Films' current programs are the free, community-based Reeltime documentary and discussion series in Evanston, IL (next to Chicago) and the annual Talking Pictures Festival (