Chicago's Own: Memory Pieces

Seven films and videos, the best of which manage to infuse their locales with emotion. Sara Cough's Dear Gary (2003) uses urban decay in Gary, Indiana, as a metaphor for the failed romance detailed in its sound track of letters and phone messages (at one point a wrecked house is paired with an anguished woman's promise, “I won't call again”). In Room (2001), Monica Bhasin adds signs of the larger world (city maps, garbled voices) to contextualize her delicate inventory of a room's visual detail. The most moving, Ines Sommer's Arrivals & Departures (2002), examines a Chicago cemetery dating from 1849; airliners overhead suggest departed souls, but then closing titles inform us that this lovely place may be destroyed in the O'Hare expansion. 60 min.

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