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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 Jim Finn, Anuradha Chandra, Inna-Marie Strazhnik, Kyle Harris, Daniele Wilmouth and Hiroshi McDonald-Mori, and Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke. The most impressive and provocative entry is Harris's Souvenirs of Love, a 12-minute video that explores our kinship with domestic terrorists. The central visual episode is a high-speed, psychedelic montage of posterized images, among them the printed text of a man and a woman discussing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh (“I have harbored terrorists in my mind,” the man confesses). The most prominent element on the layered sound track is a slowed-down voice reading a letter by the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, about his prison encounters with McVeigh. Extremists of the left and right, Kaczynski notes, have more in common than they'd like to admit; the video's chilling subtext is that as we gradually relinquish our freedoms, we share more with the fringes than with the center. “When you're locked up with other people,” writes Kaczynski, “you develop a sense of solidarity with them, in spite of any difference.” 66 min.

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