Inspired by our duty to fight, Gallery 400 and Run of Life are pleased to present a preview screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016), a documentary film about the prison and its life in the American landscape. Director Brett Story will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.
More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. While The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is about prison, it is a film in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA, where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.
Gallery 400's current exhibition, our duty to fight will be on view preceding the screening. Organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago, our duty to fight offers a living testament to the specific and shared struggles that have been at the core of radical, visionary world-making in Chicago organizing. The exhibition invites visitors to join the struggle against state repression and terror while working to build collective power.
Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her first feature-length documentary, the award-winning Land of Destiny (2010), screened internationally and was broadcast on both Canadian and American television. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in such outlets as CBC Radio, The Nation Magazine, and Antipode. She was the recipient of the Documentary Organization of Canada Institute’s 2014 New Visions Award and was a nominee for the 2015 Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
RUN OF LIFE is a monthly-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at the Nightingale Cinema and other venues across Chicago. The series pairs a feature experimental documentary with a short, nonfiction work in any number of media, including performance, video short, or interactive presentations. Each event includes a post screening Q&A moderated by either a local expert or artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging tactics within representations of reality. RUN OF LIFE is programmed by Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Yana Kunichoff, Christy LeMaster, and Beckie Stocchetti and is presented by the Nightingale Cinema.