Image Union, episode 1901: The Bob Awards

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0:00 Slate.

0:27 Bob welcomes us to “The Bob Shop” on Division Street. Joe Cummings does the voice of Bob. Marty Leonards is the guest host.

1:11 Image Union opening.

1:40 Jay Shefsky, Image Union producer, opens live show. Honoring work from previous season. Shefsky honors Tom Weinberg and Jamie Ceasar. Shefsky introduces Bob. Leonards comes on stage to start the show.

5:19 First category is Performance. Winner is “Passage” by Kurt Heinz. People win a small version of Bob, plus gift certificates.

7:18 We see Passage. It combines poetry with urban imagery. It has a nice atmosphere. I like it alot.

11:20 Next category is Documentary. The winner is about Hindu practices. We then watch a clip from the film. Rishte/Relationships. A woman killed herself because she was bearing her fifth female child. We learn about Hindu gender roles.

20:50 Judges are introduced. Jim Morrissette is one. Plus Jim Taylor of the Community Film Workshop and Brenda Webb of Chicago Filmmakers.

21:20 Category 3 is Animation. â”Animated Architecture” by Bob and Linda Kean wins. We watch the piece. It features the sounds of a family at home.

23:25 Category 4 is Narrative. Winner is “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Bob Aaron (?) and Alan Seagal (?). Alan is a professor at the Art Institute. Bob says that he is an attorney and his favorite part of the project was working with all of Alan’s students.

25:52 Clip from the piece. Adapted from an Ernest Heminway story. The acting is pretty bad. Two waiters talk about an old man sitting by himself in their restaurant. The old man had tried to commit suicide the week before.

32:22 Category 5 is Experimental. “Fogerty’s Easel” by Matt Lynch. The artist was not present at the event.

33:35 Clip from piece . It’s just processed shots of city driving at night. I think it is very beautiful. It gradually becomes more and more abstract, but seems to all derive from the same type of original footage.

37:50 Special awards for films that don’t fit in to any category and push the limits. Yvonne Welm an “Missing Relation.” She is not there.

38:30 We watch the film. It is a personal film about the artist’s family. It is in black and white and everything said has an eerie echo. The narrative has many repeating phrases while telling the story. The author’s mother’s boyfriend kidnap ped her newborn twins. We detail the girl’s struggles growing up.

44:45 Award for two students who get honorable mention. “Lights Up” by Ann Ward. Piece about Second City Training Center. An actress is heckled and goes backstage to complain. We see practice performances.

50:55 “Where You Are” by Michael Elsy. This one is about a young boy whose father has died.

56:11 Marty Leonard does closing remarks. Then Bob closes the show.

56:55 End credits.

57:23 We see the Bob awards and are encouraged to submit tapes.

57:50 End of tape.



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