Saturday, September 14, 7:00 PM
Director: David Schalliol, Co-Producer/Co-Editor Brian Ashby, Co-producer Deborah Payne, Co-Editor Peter Galassi
Runtime: 93 minutes
The Area is a five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multi-billion dollar freight company. The documentary film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be "the last house standing," and the Row Row Boys, teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines.
"The Area is an eye-opening saga of resistance"
–Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's a film that is both about holding onto and restoring dignity in the face of insurmountable odds ... a profoundly emotional work that should be seen by all."
–Steve Prokopy, Third Coast Review
The Area is "an urgent and compelling documentary about a dimension of city that's rarely seen on the big screen."
–Harrison Sherrod, Cinefile