The Indian Boundary Line

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The Indian Boundary Line

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Rogers Avenue and Forest Preserve Drive were once the disputed border that separated the United States' Louisiana Territory from Indian country—the line over which settlers fought the settlers fought the Sauk, Fox, Kickapoo and other tribes for control of the land in the 1832 Black Hawk War.

But in researching his experimental documentary The Indian Boundary Line, "my ideas about colonialism became complicated," says Thomas Comerford.

"I found stories of friendship and cooperation and interracial marriages, in addition to the more expected stories of conflict: the 'massacre,' the treaty, and Manifest Destiny."

Comerford, who is also frontman for local rockers Kasper Hauser, premieres The Indian Boundary Line Thursday 2/4 in the Gene Siskel Film Center's weekly Conversations at the Edge series.

Comerford teaches film and punk rock at the School of the Art Institute, and has explored the geographical history of Chicago and the Midwest in a series of films over the past decade. Also screening Thursday is his 2005 film Land Marked/Marquette.

The Indian Boundary Line screens Thursday 2/4 at 6 PM at the Film Center. The score is by Tobin Summerfield with Frank Rosaly and Mark Trecka.

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