In 1975, the Chicago video collective Videopolis produced a documentary called "It's a Living." The tape was loosely based on Studs Terkel's book, "Working," which was a collection of interviews with ordinary people talking about their jobs. This hour-long program was shown on Channel 11 (WTTW) in Chicago. After the success of this tape, the videomakers were commissioned to make six half-hour shows that had the same type of mission. "Paper Roses" featured residents of the Chicago Housing Authority's Clark-Irving Apartments, which provided low-rent housing for senior citizens. This tape contains b-roll of the interior and exterior of the complex.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen.
00:33Copy video clip URL Videomaker Joel Gold gathers footage from inside the Clark-Irving Apartment Complex. A few residents check their mail in the lobby.
01:15Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of one of the Clark-Irving apartment buildings. The videomakers gather b-roll footage of the outside premises of the complex. Residents are seen walking from building to building and sitting outside on the benches enjoying the day. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.
14:41Copy video clip URL Tape ends.