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Out of the Vault: Films by Tom Palazzolo … Tom Chicago!

Saturday, February 24, 2018 ,  8pm

Chicago Filmmakers
5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago IL 60660 , go to map

Admissions: $8


still from Tom Palazzolo & Jeff Kreines’ Ricky and Rocky (1972)

This program of lesser-known films by Chicago legend Tom Palazzolo riffs off of Palazzolo’s nickname, “Tom Chicago,” (or “Tommy Chicago,” depending on how well you know him). Palazzolo’s unique perspective on everyday life in the city, in combination with his dark sense of humor, results in films that are as tender and heartwarming as they are sharp and critical. Known for making documentaries on subjects as wide ranging as the 1968 convention, a neo-Nazi march in Marquette Park, Maxwell Street, and the “tattooed lady of Riverview” park, Palazzolo is as curious a citizen of the city as he is a filmmaker. His documentary approach ranges from observational to participatory, yet what always rises to the surface is his keen interest in the human condition.

This program focuses on the interactions and rituals that we, as members of society, participate in—whether we choose to or not. A bridal shower + a neighborhood celebration on Labor Day + a gay pride parade + a behind-the-scenes look at a car dealership = just a small glimpse into Tom’s Chicago.

All films are from the Chicago Film Archives’ Tom Palazzolo Collection and will be screened on 16mm film. Presented in partnership with Chicago Filmmakers.

Ricky and Rocky (made w/ Jeff Kreines, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 15 minutes)
Labor Day: East Chicago (1979, 16mm, color, sound, 25 minutes)
Gay for a Day (1976, 16mm, color, sound, 11 minutes)
It’s This Way at Deel Ford (1980, 16mm, color, sound, 15 minutes)


Chicago Filmmakers
5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago IL 60660
go to map
Public Transport:If traveling by CTA, Chicago Filmmakers is accessible by bus routes 84 Ridge and 36 Broadway. Chicago Filmmakers is also a 7 minute walk from the Bryn Mawr Red Line Stop.
Parking:If you're traveling by car there is a lot on the NW side of the building off of Hollywood Ave.