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 footage of a crocheting group and mealtime at the dining hall.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a blue screen.
00:32Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of the videomakers testing out the equipment.
01:02Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a woman crocheting. A group of women gather in a social room at the Clark-Irving Apartment Complex to work on their crocheting and chat with one another. This lasts for a large portion of the tape.
12:25Copy video clip URL A few of the women put their coats on and make their way across the complex to another building. The videomaker gathers footage of the three as they enter a dining hall.
14:26Copy video clip URL Once inside the dining hall, the videomaker gathers footage of the residents waiting to eat. Volunteer servers provide their fellow residents with meals. One of the servers also speaks to the group about a few new menu options for the next week. The group takes a vote on what types of meals they would like to eat in the coming week. We then watch as the residents line up for plates of food. This lasts for a large portion of the tape.
33:02Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a few residents checking their mail in the lobby. The tape ends shortly afterward.
33:33Copy video clip URL Tape ends.