Celebrate election day with vintage political films

Still from Iowa & Its Presidents (Bill Stamets, 1988)

Just in time for election day, Media Burn, in partnership with Chicago Filmmakers and Chicago Film Archives, is pleased to present a screening and discussion with two astute chroniclers of presidential elections past.

CHASING VOTES, CHASING SHADOWS is a collection of vintage political films by Bill Stamets and Peter Kuttner. Stamets shadows presidential candidates on the campaign trail through an ironic ethnographic lens examining the civic theater of “turning every human contact into a photo opportunity,” while Kuttner explores political apathy among white college students during the civil rights movement.

The films are streaming now via Chicago Filmmakers. Watch them any time prior to the discussion with Bill and Peter, moderated by Joe Winston, on Monday, November 2 at 7pm CST.

The Collection Streams Monday, October 26 
from 12:00 AM CDT to Monday, November 2, 11:59 PM CST
Q&A November 2 at 7:00 PM CST Discussion with filmmakers Bill Stamets and Peter Kuttner, moderated by Joe Winston Cause Without A Rebel by Peter Kuttner (1965, 8.5 min.) Exploring political apathy among white college students at Northwestern University during
the civil rights movement, the film starkly contrasts traditional college activities
with political activism. Iowa & Its Presidents by Bill Stamets (Super-8, sound, 1988, 27 min.)  The 1988 Iowa Caucuses, including candidates Michael Dukakis, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore,
Paul Simon, Dick Gephardt, Bob Dole, and George H.W. Bush.   Presidential Appearances I and II by Bill Stamets (Super-8, silent, 1988 and 1992, 21 min.) A “travelogue” of the 1988 and 1992 Presidential campaign. Primary Visibility by Bill Stamets(DVCAM, 1996, 21 min.) The 1992 New Hampshire primary with Pat Buchanan, Bob Kerrey, Bill Clinton,
and Hillary Clinton.  A Girl Chased the Shadow of a Wing of a 727 by Bill Stamets (Super-8, silent, 1994, 1 min.) A young girl more interested in the shadow of its wing than the massive plane itself.



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