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Out of the Vault: How We Work

Saturday, April 27, 2019 ,  7pm

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

Admissions: Suggested donation, $8


still from Loretta Smith’s Where Did You Get That Woman? (1982)

This selection of films explores the struggles and hopes of women as they reflect on the relationship between power, gender, and labor in their working lives. Experimental filmmaker JoAnn Elam’s Chocolate Cake documents the process of making a cake… with an unexpected ending. Jim Klein, Julia Reichert, and Miles Mogulescu’s Union Maids focuses on the stories of three women—Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki and Sylvia Woods—as they recount the struggles, obstacles, and triumphs they experienced as laborers and union organizers in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Loretta Smith’s Where Did You Get That Woman? follows seventy-year old Joan Williams, a bathroom attendant working on Rush Street, as she goes about her day-to-day work and reflects on her family history. Filmmaker Loretta Smith in person.

Films screening:

Chocolate Cake (JoAnn Elam, circa 1973, color, silent, 4 minutes, digital scan of 8mm original)

Union Maids (Jim Klein, Julia Reichert, Miles Mogulescu, 1976, 51 minutes, b&w, sound, new digital restoration provided courtesy of Jim Klein)

Where Did You Get That Woman? (Loretta Smith, 1982, color, sound, 30 minutes, 16mm)

Total run time: 85 minutes

Tickets are available for advance purchase here.


Chicago Filmmakers
5720 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago IL 60660
go to map
Admissions:Suggested donation, $8
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. 
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