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  • What’s Uptown?

    What’s Uptown?

    A look at Uptown in 1981 from the point of view of the everyday people who live and work in the neighborhood. In addition to on-the-street interviews with working class people about their opinions on their neighborhood, the documentary also spends a significant amount of time talking to gang members. The footage in mostly in color, although a few sections are in black & white. Continue reading

  • Love Wins

    Love Wins

    “That is what I think family values are all about. Love.” -Studs Terkel This Sunday, June 26th, marks the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell vs. Hodges, which guaranteed the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples throughout the United States. This decision is the culmination of decades of activism, and is an important moment for human rights, especially for the couples and families directly affected all across the country. Throughout June, gatherings, marches and protests occur across the … Continue reading

  • Cosmo’s Cosmos

    Cosmo’s Cosmos

    A portrait of sculptor Cosmo Campoli in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Continue reading

  • Chicago’s Miró

    Chicago’s Miró

    A short documentary about Joan Miró Chicago, a public art piece that was created in 1981. This documentary was produced for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, and also discusses Miró’s career in general, as well as specifics about how the statue was built. Continue reading

  • The Legacy of Chernobyl

    The Legacy of Chernobyl

    “I can see war. I cannot see radiation. I look around one day and I am dead.” —Dick Gregory, 1979 Illinois is a state of nuclear renown. The first ever atomic chain reaction took place at the University of Chicago in 1942. In 1960 the nation’s first full-scale, privately financed nuclear power plant, Dresden Generating Station, opened in northern Illinois. Today, Illinois continues to be the number one nuclear power producer in the U.S. and a nexus of the debate around … Continue reading

  • Right On: A Friend Remembers Fred Hampton

    Right On: A Friend Remembers Fred Hampton

    “Right On: A Friend Remembers Fred Hampton” [1989 |18 minutes] Veteran community activist Jorja English Palmer [1930-2005] talks of the events of 1948-1969 which led Fred Hampton to the leadership of the Illinois Black Panther Party and to his murder by Chicago police as part of the FBI’s secret counter intelligence program – COINTELPRO.

  • Power to the People

    Power to the People

    “Power to the People” [1989 | 26 minutes] “Power to the People” speaks to Black, Latino and White activists who worked with and were influenced by Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. They recall the late 1960s and how the Panther experience still affects their current community work. In doing so, they tell the story of the IL Party and the murder and how it led to the empowerment of Chicago’s African-American communities and the election of Chicago’s … Continue reading

  • Donald J. Trump Make America Great Again! Rally

    Donald J. Trump Make America Great Again! Rally

    Raw footage inside the UIC Pavilion before/after Trump postponed his March 11, 2016, rally in Chicago. Continue reading