Here and Now: Recent Film and Video by Chicago Artists

Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program collects work by Ben Russell, Rebecca Meyers, James Fotopoulos, Thomas Comerford, and Jennifer Reeder. Fred Camper describes the longest work, Reeder's 34-minute video A Room With the Walls Blasted to Shreds and Falling (2000), as “a quiet, meditative, and thought-provoking study of midwestern landscapes. Swimmers in a pool, shot from slightly above the waterline, form abstract patterns of bobbing heads and arms, while a standing figure seen from above is mostly obscured by a tree that's part of a driveway's landscaping. The video suggests one of those creepy sci-fi films in which the few surviving humans on earth have become zombies, yet its moody study of objects and spaces also follows the nonnarrative avant-garde tradition, beautifully evoking a suburban ethos in which human figures barely disrupt an empty, manicured world.” The program totals 72 minutes.

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