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Screening: Film in Chicago—SOLD OUT



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In support of the exhibition Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980, this screening presents a selection and partial history of experimental films made by Chicago-based artists and filmmakers.


Chicago: The City to See in ’63 (1963)
Margaret Conneely
This “city symphony” film was produced to encourage Photographic Society of America members to attend their 1963 conference in Chicago.

Campaign (1968)
Tom Palazzolo
Palazzolo’s impressionistic view of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago features appearances by Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Hubert Humphrey, and others.

Viva La Causa (1974)
Kartemquin Films
Directed and produced by Teena Webb
A colorful record of the making of a mural by Ray Patlán in Chicago’s Pilsen community, this film traces the mural movement of the mid-1970s back to murals in Mexico.

The Building: Chicago Stock Exchange (1975)
Wayne Boyer
This short film documents the demolition of Louis Sullivan’s iconic Chicago Stock Exchange Building.

Bonne Bell: 10,000 Meter Race for Women (1978)
Eleanor Boyer
Boyer’s short film documents Chicago’s first 6.2 mile race for women. Organized and hosted in 1978 by Chicago’s Loop Center YWCA, it was billed as one of the largest, if not the largest, sporting event for women to that date. Over 2000 entrants completed the race. The video captures the excitement of women of all ages and backgrounds, many motivated to run by the desire to do something “just for themselves.” This film was produced with support from the Loop YWCA Video Project.

A Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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