lived in Chicago, even for a very short period of time, will remember when the
city was pretty much overrun with housing projects in every part.
who have never stepped foot in Chicago their entire lives, will be familiar with
their names: The Ida B Wells projects, The Robert Taylor Homes and
Cabrini-Green projects, just to name a few.
gone now. Starting back in the late 90’s, they were bulldozed in a massive gentrification
plan, and replaced by condos, or, in some cases, as the Robert Taylor Homes, replaced with
nothing at all.
Now there are just flat, empty blocks in the heart of the South
side of Chicago, as far as the eye can see.
actor/screenwriter/director Kenny Young, a Chicago native, now based in Los
Angeles, along with his cinematographer Jeffrey Brown, will premiere their
latest film, the documentary “They Don’t Give a Damn: The Story of the Failed
Chicago Projects,” in Chicago, next month.
will chronicle the point of view of experts and, more importantly, of former
residents of the projects, who were displaced by then Major Daley’s 1999 “Plan for Transformation.” They will share their perceptions and thoughts about those long
gone projects, and the following redevelopment, separating fact from fiction
The film is
a radical departure for Young, who has previously made feature films, including “Redrum” and “C’mon Man,” which aired on Showtime, Starz and The Movie channel. Brownjust recently completed his latest feature, “The Night Before.”
screening will take place on Friday Feb 20, starting at 7PM, at the Logan Center
for the Arts, located on the University of Chicago campus, at 915 E. 60th St.
screening, both Young and Brown will be present, in person, for a discussion of the
film, which will be moderated by Prof Jacqueline Stewart, Dept of Cinema and Media Studies at
the University of Chicago.
is free, on a first come, first served basis.
For more info go HERE.