For the last two decades, Bob Hercules, co-owner of Chicago's Media Process Group, has worked in commercial television so that he could afford to make documentaries like Did They Buy It?, a study of American media coverage of Nicaragua's 1990 elections that won the Chicago International Film Festival's 1991 Gold Plaque. Hercules, who lives in Evanston, will show a clip from it at Reeltime's retrospective of his work this week. Also on the program: Stoney Does Houston, his guerrilla portrait of the 1992 Republican National Convention (partially censored before it was shown by PBS); a 30-minute clip from The Democratic Promise, his prizewinning film biography of community organizer Saul Alinsky (narrated by Alec Baldwin); Briefcases and Bomb Shelters, an early 13-minute personal essay; and his newest work, The Last Frontier, a 22-minute high-definition-video satire. Briefcases was inspired by a newspaper report that West Germans thought they could protect themselves from nuclear attack by holding their briefcases over their heads; in Frontier, homeless people sell advertising space on their foreheads. The free screening and discussion starts at 7:30 on Wednesday, October 23, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington in Evanston. Call 847-866-0312.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.