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  • [Chicago Slices raw: Roger Bain]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Roger Bain]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. In this video, Roger Bain, an advertising executive who works from his basement, performs at the club “At the Tracks” with his band “The Geckos.” Bain’s band uses goofy lyrics, singing songs about topics such as being bald and wearing glasses, weather ladies, spoiling your wife, golf, and lunch. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems, John Rossen]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems, John Rossen]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. In this video, we meet Guadalupe Castillo Rossen, John Rossen, Jose Canderas, and Fabiana Cardozo, of an organization called “Community Support Systems,” a non-profit organization based in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. They are interviewed by Tobi Johnson at an annual fundraising event at their office, and talk about their work in the Mexican-American community in Pilsen, highlighting specific needs, challenges, and rewards of their work. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Maxwell Street Parade]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Maxwell Street Parade]

    At the Maxwell Street Parade, Tobi Johnson interviews participants celebrating Latin and African American heritage. Also includes footage of decorative puppets made by The Redmoon theater company. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #1]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #1]

    CUBA CARAVAN: Organized protest against the blockade of Cuba by the U.S. Volunteers drive trucks from cities in U.S. to Mexico border then to port for boat to Cuba. Interviews with ERIC HAHN, HARALD HAHN, REYNALDO ACOSTA, Caravan Organizer REVEREND LUCIUS WALKER, GISELA and GILDA LOPEZ, JOHN VOTAVA, performances by RAMONE MARINO and JOSE DAVID. Caravan volunteers in Roscoe Village disassemble bicycles, and package up aid to go to Cuba. Then to St. Pious Church in Pilsen for the Caravan send off, dinner, performances, Loading up the trucks. Anecdote by ERIC HAHN about meeting FIDEL CASTRO. Mostly in Spanish. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #2]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Cuba Caravan #2]

    CUBA CARAVAN (con’t). A group of Chicago natives put together a number of supplies to smuggle past the embargo to the Cuban people. There is a brief anecdote by one of the leaders about meeting Fidel Castro. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Tracy Williams]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Tracy Williams]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series documenting life in and around Chicago. This video features an interview with Tracy Williams, who recently moved from California to Maywood, Illinois. She tells stories about the differences between living in Southern California and Chicago. Hers is followed by several shorter interviews asking people about their love of hot dogs, ending at Gospel Fest in Grant Park. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Gospel Fest]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Gospel Fest]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series documenting life in and around Chicago. This video documents the 1993 Gospel Fest in Grant Park, featuring The Rutledge Sisters: 13 year-old Charlotte and 10 year-old Denise, a dynamic and powerful pair. This tape shows them on stage performing, as well as backstage for an interview along with their God sister Bridget Campbell. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Rhonda Daniels]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Rhonda Daniels]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. This tape features Rhonda Daniels, a cartoon artist who lives in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Daniels talks about her art as a way to express and educate about life in the “urban jungle” and demonstrates her artwork while she talks about the challenges of life in the city, including racism, drugs, crime, and poverty. Continue reading