Kartemquin Films interviews Raymon Price, Curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History, about the Spertus Museum of Judaica’s 1992 exhibition “Bridges and Boundaries,” which was originally intended to be a joint exhibition with DuSable. In this tape, Price talks about how the exhibition might have been different with his involvement, and speculations about the potential for the project as a whole that Price feels went unmet. Continue reading
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Kartemquin Films interviews Morrie Fred, Director of the Spertus Museum of Judaica, about their 1992 exhibition Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries. The interview takes place after the exhibition has been finished and on display in the museum, and Fred discusses the risks involved in doing a gallery exhibition about potentially controversial issues. Continue reading
Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a television series about life in and around Chicago. This video starts with a few minutes of footage of children doing a Chicago Slices promo. This is followed by footage of Ivan Watkins, who introduces us to his friends Julian, Andrew, and Duro, who are part of the rap group Kinetic Order. They discuss hip hop culture, and then head over to Duro’s house, where they meet up with another friend and circle up to freestyle rap. Continue reading
Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a television series about life in Chicagoland. This video features a trip to a park in Chinatown, where a group gathers to practice tai chi. Videomaker Skip Blumberg interviews instructor Larry So and his older, female Chinese students, while younger Chinese teens in the park question its validity as real exercise. Continue reading
Raw footage from a test run of a show that eventually became the talk show “Say So.” This episode features four guests discussing the cultural and social divide that separates city dwellers from suburban residents. Guests include: John Rogers, an African-American investment banker and resident of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood; Donna Blue Lachman, a playwright, director, actress and resident of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood; Bill Sampson, a professor at Northwestern University, and African-American resident of Evanston; and Judy Markey, newspaper columnist/writer, and Wilmette resident. Guests delve into race, culture, economics, education, and attitudes about living in the city vs. living in the suburbs. Continue reading