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Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River (1998)

 -  Documentary  -  April 2004 (USA)
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"Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River" is an independent documentary film that reviews the careers of movie makers indigenous to Chicago. The filmmakers are interviewed aboard an amusing... See full summary »

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"Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River" is an independent documentary film that reviews the careers of movie makers indigenous to Chicago. The filmmakers are interviewed aboard an amusing variety of watercraft (speedboat, fireboat, tugboat, houseboat, fishing boat, rowboat, pontoon, canoe, etc.) while cruising along the branches of the Chicago River. In the program, the Chicago River comes to life as the filmmakers float along this famous waterway, which is often photographed, but rarely featured as a continuous backdrop in films. The audience learns about each artist's creative process as they navigate their boats and reflect on the various influences that guided their careers, and how they expose their hometown on the silver screen. "Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River" is the first documentary to bring together a wide variety of filmic talents from any one city. Written by D.P. Carlson

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Best $20 I ever spend on a DVD!
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ah Chicago film-making!! A true Chicagoan not only talked to the "hollywood" types but also prominent directors who DARED to stay in Chicago. Seeing the city/shoreline as a moving backdrop- while on the river - is a very unique feeling that gave the film even more a sense of exploring. Hilarious tidbits about well known movies you wouldn't see on any other documentary. The DVD is jam-packet with extras, though you have to travel up & down the river(the cool DVD menus)to find these morsels. Even the ability to watch the film in 3D with glasses included!! If only more documentaries were like this gem. Look for the great siskel/ebert thumb-war, that almost happened.


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