SHORTS 6: THE ONE WITH THE GOVERNOR
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CPS Closings & DelayKristin Reeves7 min., 2017, USAThe Chicago Board of Education made history in 2013 approving the closure of 50 schools, the largest public school closing to date in the United States. I shot all 50 schools on a 100’ roll of 16mm film while my DSLR caught vignettes of their communities.
Robots For IllinoisBen Kolak5 min., 2017, USAThis film depicts Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner fantasizing about replacing the people of Illinois with robots.
Exodus: Sounds of the Great MigrationLonnie Edwards12 min., 2017, USAAward-winning filmmaker Lonnie Edwards gives an avant-garde look into how the Great Migration gave birth to many artists that fueled "the new negro" movement which influenced and empowered Black culture moving forward, as well as, the link between the present and the past as many artists are still affected to this day.
To The RightAgnes Starczewski, Ben Kolak & Yana Kunichoff10 min., 2017, USATo the Right chronicles the events of Poland’s unfolding constitutional crisis through the lens of Chicago’s local Polish TV station, Polvision, and the diaspora community the station serves. The unfolding situation in Poland could help illuminate the situation at home.
More Dangerous Than A Thousand RiotersKelly Gallagher7 min., 2016, USAAn experimental animated documentary exploring the powerful and inspiring life of revolutionary Lucy Parsons. This film illustrates her dedicated life to struggle, and her important, countless contributions fighting endlessly against capitalism, racism, and sexism.
The Magic HedgeFrédéric Moffet9 min., 2016, USA/Canada“The Magic Hedge” explores a bird sanctuary located on a former Cold War Nike missile site on the north side of Chicago. Left to wander and observe, the viewer becomes aware of the park’s open secret: men looking for fleeting sexual contacts within the trees and shrubberies..
The 39thLaura Wilson30 min., 2017, USA26-year-old activist Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois’ dysfunctional political system. But he chose to run against the daughter of one of the best connected politicians in Chicago — and the establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight.
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