Better Boys Foundation & Facets Multi-Media Announce Film Festival

Better Boys Foundation (BBF) and Facets Multi-Media announce a film festival comprised of a series of social documentaries screened outside in the inner courtyard of the BBF Center at 1512 S. Pulaski Road. These groundbreaking documentaries such as The Murder of Fred Hampton, And This is Free, American Revolution 2, and others exemplify the role of independent, particularly documentary, filmmaking in reporting about and shaping Chicago. Discussion panels of film professionals, journalists and individuals relevant to the films will follow the screenings. Two of the films will be accompanied by shorts produced in house at BBF by FilmLAB@1512, BBF’s youth filmmaking apprenticeship. A local production company, Kartemquin Films, has generously donated two of the screenings.

“As an event, Sundown in K-Town multitasks,” said Mary Visconti, Chief Executive Officer of BBF. “It deepens an already strong partnership with Facets; it offers a venue for work that is amazingly important and yet rarely screened; it brings culturally rich programming to a part of the city that has an incredibly rich cultural history, but that is incredibly neglected in terms of access to cultural arts programming; it allows BBF to highlight the work of FilmLAB@1512, one of its most robust youth apprenticeship programs; and it ends with a documentary about BBF. It’s awesome.”


The programs are free of charge as this event is made possible through support from the Chicago Community Trust. Screenings take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights July 10 – 24, 2012, at BBF starting at sundown (about 8:15 pm). Doors open at 7:45 pm. Parking is available in BBF’s two parking lots, one directly south of the building and one across the street. A special screening on Friday, July 27th at 7:00pm takes place at the ICE Theaters located at 3330 West Roosevelt Road.

Sundown in K-Town Schedule:

Tuesday, July 10th

8:15pm at the BBF Center, 1512 S. Pulaski Road


The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) Mike Gray and Howard Alk

Cicero March (1966) The Film Group

Proletariat (2010) Kia Clair



Billy Che Brooks, Former Deputy Minister of Education, Illinois Chapter, Black Panther Party

Mike Gray, Journalist, Novelist and Screenwriter

Flint Taylor, Founding Partner, People’s Law Office

Kia Clair, FilmLAB@1512 Filmmaker

Thursday, July 12th

8:15pm at Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. Pulaski Road


And This Is Free (1965) Mike Shea

Film Screening donated by Kartemquin Films

Jerry’s Deli (1976) Tom Palazzolo

Moons (2010) Angelo Williams



Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films

Tom Palazzolo, Filmmaker

Angelo Williams, FilmLAB@1512 Filmmaker

Tuesday, July 17th

8:15 pm at Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. Pulaski Road


American Revolution 2 (1969) Mike Gray and Howard Alk



Mike James, Founder of “Rising Up Angry,” Filmmaker and Heartland Journal publisher

Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, Founder of the Young Lords

Stephenie Gipson, FilmLAB@1512 Filmmaker


Thursday, July 19th

8:15 pm at Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. Pulaski Road


Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976) Jerry Blumenthal, Suzanne Davenport, Sharon Karp, Gordon Quinn and Jennifer Rohrer

Film Screening donated by Kartemquin Films


Sharene Miller, Subject of Chicago Maternity Center Story

Suzanne Davenport, Filmmaker

Gabrielle Ivy, FilmLAB@1512 Filmmaker


Tuesday, July 24th

8:15 pm at Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. Pulaski Road


Been Rich All My Life (1996) Heather Lyn MacDonald



Starinah Dixon, Company Member, M.A.D.D. Rhythms

Bril Barrett, Founder and Company Member, M.A.D.D. Rhythms

Dejunique Hearn, Company Member, TapLAB2@1512


Friday, July 27th

7:00 pm at ICE Theatres, 3330 W. Roosevelt Road



50 Years@1512: A History of the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) (2012) FilmLAB@1512


Mary Visconti, Chief Executive Officer, BBF

Jack Kellman, BBF Board President, President of Kellman Family Foundation

Warren Cockerham, Filmmaker

FilmLAB Filmmakers