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Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River (1998)

"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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Outstanding and thought provoking
22 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Not only is the Chicago River a geographic icon as a film set back drop, this documentary makes use of the river as a metaphor for the film-making process. D.P. Carlson enforces and promotes this concept by utilizing individuals working in all aspects and disciplines of the industry. Once again one is reminded of the depth of talent that resides in the Midwest. Chicago's reputation in the theater is well established. This film demonstrates that a reputation in film-making is not far behind. This film also allows the viewer the opportunity to have some old fashion fun thru the use of 3D glasses provided with the DVD. I would recommend this film for anyone interested in the motion picture arts and sciences. Barbara Schueren


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