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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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A Marvelous & Unique Journey into the Creative Heart
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Chicago Filmmakers On The Chicago River' By the fine and gifted director D.P. Carlson is such a joy to behold, especially when one considers that listening to a bunch of movie directors talking has many times in the past

on screen turned into a crashing bore, or ego fest. I also feel calling this film a 'documentary' is a disservice to it. Like everything else in society, categories must be overtly stated, instead of a given work just

just being purely itself without imposition - 'Chicago Filmmakers' is a picture really in its own category. This film is a sweeping pictorial into what is very elusive to visually present; movies alive in the heart of the people who lived with them, loved them, sometimes hated them, but always were devoted to them - and in the main only on their terms. Carlson obviously made this film on his own terms, thank God - because what we get is a filmmaker's vision of the hearts of other filmmakers within a framework of Chicago (the original 'Hollywood') which is so vivid and pulsing, the movie feels alive as one absorbs it. This film, like all great works will never become dated, the reason for this to my mind is simple; when the filmmakers featured here are all lost to us by time, others will take their place with that longing heart, feeling and love to create cinema, just as those featured here were the next links for the visions that came before them; a lifeblood of continuing evolution. This work ranks with to other

indispensable tomes concerning the cinema; Wim Wenders' 'Lightnig Over Water', and the book 'Hitchcock/(by)Truffaut. Again - Timeless. Thank You Mr. Carlson!

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