Out in the Streets | Chicago Reader

Out in the Streets

Often mistaken for an undercover cop because of his ubiquity at public demonstrations, video maker Michael Markowski documented some 30 protests from 2002 through early 2006, intent on getting angles not shown by traditional news media. This work in progress suffers from the excess: segments on animal-rights activists, striking hotel workers, and hemp enthusiasts are wedged uneasily beside coverage of antiwar activists. Markowski finally hits his stride with an antiwar rally at Taste of Chicago, becoming more assertive with his questions and camera and getting more vivid images. The high point is his footage of the frenzied activity outside the 2004 Republican National Convention, a sequence that catches New York street life in all its rawness and theatricality. 82 min.

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