The Illinois Parables

The Illinois Parables

This mesmerizing film is the latest in Chicago filmmaker Deborah Stratman’s line of thoughtful, witty, personal work. The exploratory documentary consists of a series of vignettes on obscure and fascinating episodes of Illinois history, often turning on violence. Human savagery, nuclear fission, and natural disasters all make appearances, as well as some “Oh, that happened there?” moments. But the film connects as deeply to the land that has witnessed these occurrences as to the events themselves. Stratman skillfully pulls the viewer into her stories with 16mm imagery, still photos, archive footage, re-enactments, and her extraordinary sound design, constructing a powerful film about place. Presented on the filmmaker’s personal 16mm print!

Screens Saturday, September 10 at noon. Tickets will be available at the door.

Dir. Deborah Stratman; 2016, 60 min; USA, English; 16mm.