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Columbia College Chicago

Free Screening of FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:30 pm
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

Two-time Academy Award winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler will be at Film Row Cinema on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, to screen and discuss his recent documentary, Four Days in Chicago. The feature chronicles Wexler's return to his hometown of Chicago to document the demonstrations against the 2012 NATO Summit.

Wexler collaborated with CA+S alumni, faculty, and adjunct faculty including Ronn Pitts, Suree Towfighnia (MFA '06), Larry Kapson (BA '99) and Stephen Combs (MFA '05).

The majority of the film was shot in and around Columbia College during the week in May when most of the South Loop was deserted and buildings boarded up their windows in anticipation of what the media was dubbing 'the violent protests.'  Wexler's film shows an alternate story other than what mainstream media presented that week.

Wexler, who had worked with Towfighnia in 2004 on his documentary Who Needs Sleep, contacted her last spring to help coordinate the group of disparate filmmakers and interested helpers who worked to make the project possible. "Spending the days in the streets with Haskell Wexler shooting was a dream come true", says Towfighnia. "Medium Cool, American Revolution, The Murder of Fred Hampton...these films are models of the amazing power documentary has in presenting people's movements in times of oppression. I was humbled to be able to shoot next to these legends in cinematography and film."

Trailer: Four Days In Chicago