5/16/18: Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries

Documentary screening & panel discussion
Wednesday, May 16th @ 6:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington Street
FREE and open to the public.
Total event runtime: 40 minutes of video + 30-45 minutes discussion.
Othello Anderson, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, and Gordon Quinn in person!

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 4.15.26 PM

Pentimenti Productions, Media Burn Archive and Kartemquin Films, in collaboration with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), are pleased to present an unprecedented “premiere” screening of the unfinished documentary Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries (1994) at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30PM.

Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries was originally created to accompany an art exhibition addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews at Spertus Institute. The film follows twelve artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.

The artists included Othello Anderson (co-curator), Claire Wolf Krantz (co-curator), Edith Altman, Joel Feldman, Marva Jolly, Kerry James Marshall, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, Esther Parada, John Rozelle, Hamza Walker (under the pseudonym Sonny Venice), Fan Warren, and John Pitman Weber.

The program will include a screening of the original rough cut of the film, directed and produced by Jerry Blumenthal and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films, as well as never-before-seen camera original footage of the featured artists. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Gordon Quinn, and acclaimed artists Othello Anderson and Gerda Meyer Bernstein, who participated in the film.

Media Burn has digitized the full collection of 100 tapes of camera original footage shot for Chicago Crossings. For this screening, Kartemquin Films will delve in to the newly digitized materials to create two brand new short videos that will be screened for the first time ever.



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