The tenth annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) features 65 films that center on the experiences of South Asians across the diaspora and shed light on a range of social issues that impact their communities. Read the full film festival preview in the Chicago Reader.
The rise of house music is a large chapter in Chicago’s story, yet Revolution Chicago’s retelling makes the genre an uncompelling sidenote. Despite no support from his father and skepticism from his mother, Mickey “Mixin’” Oliver pursues a career DJing house music, eventually landing a gig at then-failing WBMX. Read the full theatre review in the… Read More Revolution Chicago doesn’t fully capture the fervor of house music’s early days
Photo by Andy Hood. I led the Washington Heights & Brainerd section of South Side Weekly’s Best of Chicago. Read the stories here.
This story is part of the Marshall Project’s “We Are Witnesses: Chicago” series. In 15 direct-to-camera testimonies, this collection of videos gives voice to Chicagoans affected by the justice system. Watch the videos at themarshallproject.org/chicago. Toni Morrison told O Magazine in 2003 that “when you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your… Read More The Marshall Project: Responsibility and recovery
The Comedy Central series offers a nuanced, and incredibly funny, depiction of Englewood you won’t see on the news. Comedy Central’s South Side isn’t interested in making north-siders—or any nonsouth-side Chicagoan, for that matter—laugh, but it’s sure to get plenty of kicks out of them anyway. Read the full story here.
Armed with bombs and high-tech military devices galore, a Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) takes viewers on a thrill ride as he fights for his reputation and his life. Read the full review here.
One of Chicago’s best-kept secrets takes center stage in Chuck Coppola and Harvey Moshman’s documentary. The year is 1915, and thousands of Western Electric factory workers, most of whom are eastern-European immigrants, board the SS Eastland on the Chicago River to sail to neighboring Michigan City, Indiana, for a rare vacation day with their families. Unfortunately no… Read More Film Review | Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day