10/12/23: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: “The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt’s Monument to Ida B. Wells”

Preview screening/discussion of upcoming doc "The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells" with filmmakers Rana Segal & Laurie Little.

A full replay of the October 13 event.

Note: Live captioning will be available. Please email [email protected] with additional accessibility requests.

Join us for an inspiring virtual preview screening of an excerpt from an in-process documentary celebrating a pioneering woman and the process of creating a public monument to honor her. The event will include a discussion with filmmakers Rana Segal and Laurie Little.

Note: the discussion will be recorded for later viewing, but the documentary will only be viewable during the live event.

The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt’s Monument to Ida B. Wells

In this upcoming feature documentary, producers Rana Segal and Laurie Little weave together the process of the creation of the monument of Ida B. Wells with her history and the sculptor’s history. Richard Hunt has been a major figure in American art for 40 years. We will show why a monument for this “shero” is so important at this time.

As we see the statue being developed, we will learn about Ida B. Wells: from her beginnings born into slavery and growing up in Mississippi after the Civil War, going to Rust College and becoming a teacher and a writer/journalist and an anti-lynching activist. Then, we follow her as she moves to Chicago and her protest at the Chicago World’s Fair. Finally, we learn of her work as a suffragist and how she has inspired Lori Lightfoot, the former mayor of Chicago.

Also, we will learn about Richard Hunt: his career, the philosophy of his work and why he was chosen to create this monument. “Hunt’s graceful works are inspired by his life experiences and his African-American heritage, reflecting the rhythm of poetry, the intensity of the spiritual and the enlightenment of the prophet” said Kinishana Homan Conwill, Director, The Studio Museum of Harlem.

Rana Segal – Producer, Director

Rana Segal is an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer. Her work has aired on PBS, The Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. She has filmed artists and musicians in Senegal, the Midsummer Festival in Sweden, architecture on the Chicago River, fishermen in the wilds of Siberia, the effect of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the communities in Alaska, and the fight in the Indiana Dunes between environmentalists and industrialists. Her latest film called, “The Oracle of Bronzeville” is about the life of poet, Gwendolyn Brooks and the creation of the Gwendolyn Brooks Monument, by sculptor, Margot McMahon.

Laurie Little – Producer

Originally from Canada, Laurie Little is a Chicago based filmmaker, artist and educator. Her films have screened in festivals and exhibitions worldwide and her observational documentaries and short fiction films work to inspire dialogue and advocacy for change. Her film, “Sisters March”, a short documentary reflecting on the journey between Chicago and DC, connects voices of hope, empowerment, and intersectionality during the Women’s March. “Totalité” about Photographer/Umbraphile Richard Bellia, looks at Bellia’s passion for the creative process and its parallels to nature.  Her award-winning feature documentary, “Musher”, co-produced/directed with Anuradha Rana, follows four female dog sled racers ranging from ages 13 to 64, on the Lake Superior race circuit. She is currently producing “The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt’s Monument to Ida B. Wells” with director Rana Segal. Little holds a BFA from York University and an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago where she teaches the classes Documenting Social Injustice and Culture Race and Media. Her work as a freelance digital artist/colorist helps to support her passion projects.  www.LuministFilms.com

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