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  • [Chicago Slices raw: Gospel Fest]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Gospel Fest]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series documenting life in and around Chicago. This video documents the 1993 Gospel Fest in Grant Park, featuring The Rutledge Sisters: 13 year-old Charlotte and 10 year-old Denise, a dynamic and powerful pair. This tape shows them on stage performing, as well as backstage for an interview along with their God sister Bridget Campbell. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Roger Bain]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Roger Bain]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. In this video, Roger Bain, an advertising executive who works from his basement, performs at the club “At the Tracks” with his band “The Geckos.” Bain’s band uses goofy lyrics, singing songs about topics such as being bald and wearing glasses, weather ladies, spoiling your wife, golf, and lunch. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems, John Rossen]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems, John Rossen]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. In this video, we meet Guadalupe Castillo Rossen, John Rossen, Jose Canderas, and Fabiana Cardozo, of an organization called “Community Support Systems,” a non-profit organization based in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. They are interviewed by Tobi Johnson at an annual fundraising event at their office, and talk about their work in the Mexican-American community in Pilsen, highlighting specific needs, challenges, and rewards of their work. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems #2, Star Trek Convention]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Community Support Systems #2, Star Trek Convention]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series about everyday life in Chicago. This video is a continuation of footage of a benefit for Community Support Systems, a non-profit organization based in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. This is followed by Tobi Johnson interviewing members of the Klingon Assault Group at a Star Trek Convention in Harvey, Illinois. She interviews Jerry Murphy, of the group, who says that they put on full Klingon make-up and costume and perform service work in the community. Johnson also follows around a set of twin boys who are new members of the group and tell a bit about the Star Trek fan community and how they are involved in the group. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: Maxwell Street Parade]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Maxwell Street Parade]

    At the Maxwell Street Parade, Tobi Johnson interviews participants celebrating Latin and African American heritage. Also includes footage of decorative puppets made by The Redmoon theater company. Continue reading