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VRT Now Showing@ALA Screenings


Annual is right around the corner!  VRT is sponsoring an inspiring and timely slate of Now Showing @ALA film screenings, from protest movements and radical video makers to accounts of American poverty from the inside:


SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (Film Screening)

Now Showing @ ALA: Agents of Change (2016)

Location: McCormick Place, W181c

Directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, 66 mins, co-sponsor California Newsreel

With Special Guest Speaker, Roderick Ferguson

Prof. of African American and Gender & Women’s Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses across the country that led to college protests during the 1960s. Reveals how unprepared these institutions were when confronted by demands for black studies programs, safer housing, fairer judicial proceedings, and changes to democratize the institutions. The film's characters were at the crossroads of change and controversy at a pivotal time in America's history.  

Post screening Q&A with Roderick A. FergusonProfessor of American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago and author of We Demand: The University and Student Protests published by UC Press.


SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 11:30AM - 1PM (Film Screening)

Now Showing @ ALA: Here Come the Videofreex! (2015)

Location: McCormick Place, W181c

Directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, 78 mins, co-sponsor Cinema Guild

Here Come the Videofreex! gives a first-hand account of a little known group of innovators, the Videofreex, a group of passionate young men and women in the 1960s who changed the nature of journalism through the power of portable video, forging a legacy that has evolved to become today's all-access media environment.  Don’t forget to get your evening tickets for the VRT Gala, Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World Not an ALA member? Make an account here to buy tickets OR if already registered for Annual, use the link in your confirmation email to add a ticket.

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1:30PM - 2:30 PM (Film Screening)

Now Showing @ALA: Long Story Short (2016)

Location: McCormick Place, W181c

Directed by Natalie Bookchin, 45 mins, co-sponsor Icarus Films

Long Story Short reminds all of us that living in poverty is a real issue for thousands of Americans. Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area in Northern California discuss their experiences of poverty: why they are poor, how it feels, and what they think should be done about American poverty and homelessness today. Numerous interviews are stitched together to form a polyphonic account of American poverty told from the inside. MacArthur Grantee Natalie Bookchin, an artist whose work has been shown at the Pompidou Centre, the Whitney Museum and the Tate, uses the film to amplify the voices of the displaced and dispossessed. LONG STORY SHORT is included on the ALA VRT 2017 Notable Videos for Adults list.


Don’t miss the event of the season: VRT Gala!

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Location: Off Site, Gene Siskel Film Center

VRT Gala: Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World

***Tickets are limited: please order soon!***

Ticketed Event: Advance Purchase $20; Day of Member $25; Day of Non-Member $30

Join VRT for drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed by a presentation from Tom Colley, Archive and Collection Manager at Video Data Bank, a collection of over 1,400 tapes created by members of the Videofreex, one of the country's earliest radical video collectives.   In conjunction with this event, all ticket holders will be invited to preview the feature length documentary "Here Come the Videofreex!" online, courtesy of Cinema Guild.  This event coincides with the VRT and Cinema Guild co-sponsored "Now Showing @ALA" program screening of the feature length documentary "Here Come the Videofreex!" on Sunday, June 25th at 11:00 am in room 181c in the West Building of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

To buy tickets after registering, use the link in your conference registration email.  Not attending ALA or not a member? Make an account here to buy tickets.

Can’t wait to see you this summer!

VRT 2017 Programming, Gala and Communications Committees


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