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Chicago Documentaries

Sunday, April 27, 2014 ,  2-4PM

Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Admissions: Free

CHICAGO CITY TO SEE IN ’63, Margaret Conneely, 1962

Centered on Jan Tichy’s aroundcenter exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, CHICAGO DOCUMENTARIES, presents four very Chicago films…three of which happen to be from CFA:

CHICAGO CITY TO SEE IN ’63, Margaret Conneely, 1962 (Found in CFA’s Margaret Conneely Collection)
A “city symphony” film, produced to encourage Photographic Society of America members to attend their 1963 conference in Chicago, City to See is a surprising film. It combines footage of Chicago with a deadpan commentary that pokes fun commercial travel films: “Chicago is my town,” the narrator says wryly, “and no other town will do.” Conneely was awarded a special prize by the Photographic Society of America for this film.

RATAMATA, Jeff Kreines, 1971 (Found in CFA’s Chicago Public Library Collection)
Shot by filmmaker Jeff Kreines on Veterans Day in 1970 when he was only 16 years old, the film showed at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and was selected as a “Young Chicago Filmmakers Festival” award-winner. Kreines left high school not long after he completed RATAMATA to focus on making films full-time. RATAMATA is a portrait of the diverse opinions of Chicagoans (ranging from high school students to habitual mayoral candidate Lars Daly) as they reflect on the general state of affairs in America, the war in Vietnam, social and racial conflict, freedom and personal liberty, happiness, and social justice.

NIGHT DRIVING, Mort & Millie Goldsholl, 1957 (Found in CFA’s Mort & Millie Goldsholl Collection)
Back in 1957, Mort & Millie loaded the kids in the back of the car and headed downtown. Mort drove while Millie shot out the window. The result of this magical family car ride is Night Driving, Mort & Millie’s first experimental film. Chicago’s vibrant nightlife is transformed to a soft-focus view of colored spheres.

These films will be shown alongside MOVING PICTURES (CITY 2000, 2000) – a 44 minute montage of Chicago imagery shot and sequenced by Bill Stamets, Len David, Mark Mamalakis and Ines Sommer.

The program was curated by the SAIC Arts Administration & policy first year graduate students in collaboration with Michelle Puetz.

Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602