Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saturday, January 24 2pm, - Revolution Books will screen
 
"Free Speech and The Transcendent Journey of 

Chris Drew, Street Artist"

Filmmaker Nancy Bechtol will be present for discussion after the film, along with Mark Weinberg, Chris Drew's civil rights attorney.
Chris Drew was an artist who dedicated himself to bringing art to the people. In the process, he challenged Chicago's peddler licensing rules that  severely restricted artists' ability to sell their work in the most desirable Loop locations and earn a living in the process. "His vision was for a Chicago that, like Paris, would embrace its artists as part of a free, vibrant streetscape. The Chicago we have is pretty much the opposite." (Deanna Isaacs, in The Chicago Reader)

In fighting for the rights of artists and of all of us to enjoy their art, Chris challenged City ordinances but ended up facing felony charges for audiotaping police. He fought the law, and he won! "Fighting back is liberating," as he said. But his indomitable spirit couldn't beat the cancer that finally took his life, just as the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in his favor, overturning the ban on taping police.

Don't miss this film that captures Chris' battle for art, the rights of artists, and of all of us! (Watch the trailer here.)

A donation of $10 will be asked at the door to support the filmmaker. No one will be turned away. 

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