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  • Neighbor Ladies

    Neighbor Ladies

    In the 1950’s white Americans were fleeing inner cities, spurred on by a legal but unscrupulous real estate technique known as blockbusting. In places such as the Mount Airy neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA, real estate companies would identify a majority white neighborhood and purposely sell a house to an African American. The agents would then blanket the neighborhood with flyers or even make phone calls to white homeowners alerting them to the ‘changing’ nature of the neighborhood, encouraging them to sell immediately before house prices dropped. The result of this was panic selling. Entire neighborhoods could be flipped in less than a month, creating racial distrust while lining the pockets of real estate agents and companies. Neighbor Ladies shares the stories and strategies of community activists and regular people who decided to organize and fight back against the system. Continue reading

  • Down Clark Street

    Down Clark Street

    Tom Palazzolo takes us on a tour of the Chicago neighborhood where he lived in the 1960s, stretching down Clark Street from Chicago Avenue to the Chicago River. Palazzolo combines his own vintage photographs and film footage from the ’60s and ’70s with a modern-day video tour, led by the filmmaker himself. Palazzolo recounts stories of locals that he knew, filmed and photographed on Clark street and speaks of how the neighborhood has changed over the years. 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

  • [The News Channel demo]

    [The News Channel demo]

    A demo for a show called “The News Channel” with reporter Joe Cummings. There are two segments on this tape: Continue reading