Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | September 8, 2005

Thursday, September 8, 2005, 8pm | Curator Tom Comerford in person!

Kartemquin Films, Now We Live on Clifton (1974). Image courtesy of Kartemquin.
Kartemquin Films, Now We Live on Clifton (1974). Image courtesy of Kartemquin.

These experimental and non-fiction films and videos, culled from different decades, all examine the urban landscape of Chicago, but each employs different tactics towards observing the landscape and the forces that transform it. James Benning’s Chicago Loop (1976) emphasizes the sequential, gridded nature of the photographic filmstrip with brisk pans and cuts of downtown Chicago and Wrigleyville. The Kartemquin Film collective’s direct cinema-inspired Now We Live On Clifton (1974) follows two Lincoln Park children as they ponder their future in a neighborhood beset by gentrification. Also in the program: Halsted Street (1934, Conrad Friberg aka Conrad Nelson/Film & Photo League of Chicago); White Blight Manifesto (2003, Paul Lloyd Sargent); and The Presence of Absence (2002, Brandon Doherty), among others. This program is a complementary satellite event for the show “Urban Rural Wild,”at the I Space Gallery (230 West Superior Street, www.ispace.uiuc.edu), which opens on Friday, September 9 (Thomas Comerford). 1934-2005, various directors, USA, ca. 70 min, various formats.

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