And This is Free

“‘And This Is Free’ is the fascinating personal vision of life around Chicago’s Maxwell Street open air market shot by award winning photographer Mike Shea [capturing] the gritty urban landscape that nurtured Chicago blues… Shot with a handheld camera in the cinema verite style… the film crew spent every weekend on Maxwell Street over a six month period… The flow of everyday details – overheard conversation, faces in the crowd, items strewn in a vendor’s stall – captivates the viewer with the power of authenticity.” The film uses the footage to illustrate a Sunday afternoon on Maxwell Street in 1964. Continue reading