I made the movie, October 2017 to bring attention to the gun violence epidemic in Chicago. In his 1914 poem, Chicago, Carl Sandburg described Chicago as the “Hog Butcher of the World...Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders...” In researching the gun-related homicides that occurred during October 2017, only the most sensational reach the mainstream media. To counterbalance the obscure media coverage, I used the data from the 31-day period to intensify the horrific reality. “Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again,” wrote Sandburg revealing words that are as relevant today as in 1914.
I made scans of dozens of individually handmade works of pencil, ink, and watercolors and manipulated them with motion graphics and visual effects software. I used this technique to create a delicate balance between the utmost respect for the victims and their families and to generate awareness of the horrors, commonplace today and deeply woven into Chicago for generations. I am interested in collaborating with those who are working diligently to educate others, challenge laws and change the course of Chicago’s history. “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive,” Sandburg also wrote. Not for the victims of gun-related homicides in October, 2017.
As part of the "Finding Ourselves Together" exhibition, I installed the video on a 40-inch monitor in the student lounge on the 13th floor of SAIC's MacLean Center at 112 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.