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CFA ROAD TRIP: A North American Travelogue

Friday, Dec 12, 2010 ,  5:15PM

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Admissions: $10 general and $7 students

Want to travel to breathtaking points spanning from Alaska to Cuba? Feel like venturing into National Parks, ancient Mexican ruins and remote Canadian ski slopes? Need to get in the mood for a cross-country trip next summer? Then Chicago Film Archives Road Trip: A North American Travelogue is for you!

Collect travel tips that stand the test of time! See sites pristine, before the hordes reached them! Test your world geography circa 1940! These amateur educational and industrial films shot all over North America offer a rare glimpse into adventure treks and vacations of times gone by.

But that’s not all. Kent Lambert, Chicago’s own experimental sound designer, will weave live electronic audio accompaniment into these North American travel treks from past decades. Musical selections chosen by Timoleon Wilkins.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime sight and sound travel extravaganza!!

Ford Motor Company (Industrial Pictures Inc, Detroit), 1937, black & white, sound, 9 minutes

MEXICO (excerpt)
Margaret Conneely, 1950′s, color, silent, 10 minutes

Fritz, 1940, black & white, silent, 10 minutes

MEERS GO SOUTH (excerpt)
Doerring Collection, color, silent, 5:30 minutes

GLACIER PARK #1 (excerpt)
Soucie Collection, 1954, color, silent, 6 minutes

Nu-Art Fireside Films, Soucie Collection, black & white, silent, 12 minutes

Castle Films, 1940′s, black & white, silent, 9 minutes

Castle Films, 1940′s, black & white, sound, 9 minutes

SUNNY CUBA (excerpt)
Julian Gromer, 1946, color, silent, 19 minutes

Program Creators’ Biographies:

KJ Mohr has been working in film and electronic arts for almost two decades as a programmer, organizer, curator, educator, filmmaker, and administrator. Most recently she has curated programs for Marymount College Manhattan, University of Maryland, Bangkok’s Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University and Syracuse University. Her film work and curated programs have appeared at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco and the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Brazil, among many other venues around the world. She served as the first Curator of Film and Media Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and prior to that she was an active part of Chicago’s Women in the Director’s Chair and was the curator of Conversations at the Edge.

Kent Lambert lives and works in Chicago. He has performed an original live score to Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr and recently composed the score for the National Geographic Channel documentary Witness DC: 9/11. His experimental videos have been screened at festivals across the world and at such venues as Other Cinema in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He’s the singer, songwriter and keytarist for the pop band Roommate, whose third album GUILTY RAINBOW will be released in March 2011.

Timoleon Wilkins has been making celluloid films since 1982 and has earned a prominent name in the avant-garde film world, focusing on and achieving great beauty in his films created over the years. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he manages the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Billy Wilder Theater. His latest film DRIFTER is screening at the New York Film Festival and London Film Festivals this fall. In the words of filmmaker and author Nathaniel Dorsky, “Timoleon is not only in love with film, but is the love of film.” Tim’s appreciation of the importance of archiving and restoration extends to music as well. His nostalgic sensibility has led him to collect an extensive and rare collection of music, from which he has chosen select samples for CFA ROAD TRIP.


Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Admissions:$10 general and $7 students