Sisters in Cinema Production Assistant

About Sisters in Cinema

Sisters in Cinemawas founded in 1997 as an online resource for and about African American women media makers. Today we are a Chicago based 501(c)3 non-profit with an inclusive mission to center and celebrate Black girls, women, and gender nonconforming media makers, providing programs designed to educate, raise visibility, and support and serve our communities. We envision a world where all Black girls, women and gender nonconforming media makers and storytellers have equal opportunities to create and thrive. To learn more visit:

About the Position

Sisters in Cinema is seeking a full-time Chicago office based Production Assistant for a documentary film about the history of queer Black lesbian media makers. The Production Assistant will work under the direct supervision of our Producer and with our Program Assistant to support the project’s production and archival storytelling needs from the fall of 2022, continuing through Spring 2023 and possibly beyond.

Archival & Research

Day to day archival responsibilities will include in-office digitization, logging and other junior assistant editor tasks including deliveries to edit, with evolving responsibilities related to research and supporting the Producer with preparing final deliverables as the project moves toward completion. 

The ideal candidate is curious, organized, detail oriented and able to take direction and learn quickly. In many ways, archival is the heart of this project. So the ideal candidate should also have a strong sense for story, a keen eye for visuals, an interest in a wide range of subjects, and a love of collaboration in a documentary filmmaking environment.


While this position is primarily an in-office position, the project may also be in production for a few days each month. Production responsibilities may include assisting with Covid protocols, crafty (lunch orders, etc.), paperwork, office admin, running errands, tracking invoices, petty cash, and reconciling receipts. The PA will work closely with the Producer and Program Assistant on the production as needed. 

Skills & Qualificationsnts

  • 1+ years of work experience, ideally documentary production and/or archival research
  • Experience in archival documentary production at a production company a plus
  • Good time management skills
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite, Excel, and Google Sheets, a plus
  • Excellent computer skills in a Mac computer environment


$500 – $600/week depending on level of experience

To Apply 

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references (name, organization, title, email, phone and relationship to the referee) to 
  • In your cover letter please include why working on a project about the history of queer Black lesbian media makers is of interest for you and why you are a good fit for this job. 
  • Use this subject heading for your email: Production Assistant – Your Last Name.
  • Applications without a cover letter, resume and three references will not be considered.
  • Application Deadline: Monday, September 26, 2022 at 5pm CST

Thank you for your interest in working with Sisters in Cinema!