Kindling Group. Crafting Film, Igniting Change.


Kindling Group crafts powerful documentaries and engagement campaigns to ignite change. We embrace a fast changing world of storytelling — combining the artistry of award-winning films with innovative strategies that take media and impact across platforms, genres, and technologies. We initiate our own projects and support independent filmmakers, bringing a unique mix of talents and Chicago-style problem-solving using film for good. Kindling is a Chicago-based 501(c3) nonprofit founded in 2002 by Danny Alpert, a producer, director, and editor whose documentary work has been nominated for both Academy and national Emmy awards.



Kindling has produced four award-winning feature length documentaries for public television, and we're growing and expanding our catalogue at an exciting pace. Kindling is currently in production on six documentaries — including a web series, a documentary short, and feature-length films. Kindling produces films in-house as well as fostering the growth of new filmmakers through co-productions.

Impact Production

Kindling's staff and management brings a unique background in digital engagement and activism, as well as traditional grassroots organizing, to our projects. All Kindling projects are driven by story, but also by social mission. Kindling films have helped lead to changes in federal legislation, raised awareness, and generated online discussion about topics from public education to religion in modern life. Learn more here.


We love working with filmmakers in our hometown of Chicago and around the country. Kindling is currently having a blast co-producing projects with Interchange Productions, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, Kartemquin Films, Media Process Group, and Free Spirit Media. Danny Alpert also played a critical role in bringing Britdoc's Good Pitch to Chicago for the first time in 2013.