Urban Rural Wild: Chicagoland Gridded/Revised | Chicago Reader

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In conjunction with an exhibit of the same title opening at I Space on September 9, filmmaker Thomas Comerford curated this program of six films and videos on Chicago geography. Kartemquin Films' Now We Live on Clifton (1974) follows three young boys in gentrifying Lincoln Park; their mundane outdoor horseplay gains an acidic edge when one kid tells how “regular” families like his can't afford the newly rehabbed homes. Conrad O. Nelson's beautifully edited Halsted Street (1934) finds contrasts between rich and poor in the street's geography, and Brandon Doherty's The Presence of Absence (2002) makes still photos of vacant lots and decrepit buildings more haunting by animating them at various speeds. 70 min.

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