Elizabeth Barret was an Appalachian kid in 1967 when one of the locals killed a documentary filmmaker who'd ventured onto his property carrying a camera. He got off with only a year in prison; Barret grew up to be a documentarian herself and was haunted by the incident. In her 62-minute film, Stranger With a Camera, she revisits the scene of the crime, using it to examine the issues of privacy and exploitation that are the messy underbelly of almost any documentary project. She'll be on hand when the Reeltime series screens her film on Wednesday, April 17, and will participate in a postshow discussion. It starts at 7:30 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington in Evanston, and it's free. Call 847-866-0312. Also coming up from Reeltime: on Sunday, April 21, Evanston filmmaker Maria Finitzo will show and discuss 5 Girls, a documentary she made with Kartemquin Films, the folks behind Hoop Dreams. Shot over a three-year period, the film follows five teenagers in Chicago-area communities from the North Shore to the south side, and finds their experiences differ sharply from mainstream media representations of female adolescence. Finitzo's Girls takes on bisexuality, immigration, racism, and stifling parental expectations. Sponsored by the Evanston Community Foundation and Reeltime, the free screening starts at 2 at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 1967 South Campus Dr., on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. Call 847-491-4000 for more information.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/John Perkins.