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Chicago at the Crossroad Virtual Panel Discussion
The Chicago International Film Festival, along with Schodorf Media Creative, The Firehouse Community Art Center, and Sinai Community Institute, will present a virtual panel discussion on our YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm CT in conjunction with the online release of new documentary Chicago at the Crossroad. The panel discussion will bring further context and conversation surrounding the film’s themes of violence in Chicago communities with moderator Robin Robinson and panelists Brian Schodorf (director and producer of Chicago at the Crossroad), Pastor Phil Jackson (Founder and CEO of the Firehouse Community Arts Center), and Camille Williamson (Director of the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action at Adler University).
Synopsis: Much is said about the violence that plagues segregated communities. But what is known about the systems that created it, the laws that isolated it, and the policies that abandoned it? And how does a city heal from decades of heartbreak and pain? A feature documentary filmed over the course of 15 years, Chicago at the Crossroad answers these questions, offering a penetrating look at the incessant segregation, violence and disastrous public policy decisions that affect Chicago and cities across the country.
Brian Schodorf is a television and film producer, director, and writer with twelve Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award for the documentary “The Wayman Tisdale Story,” which aired on ESPN and NBA-TV. Schodorf has developed a trademark style of tackling social issues and revealing the interconnectedness of politics, social systems, and the human heart. His films have focused on issues from poverty in Chicago to tornado-devastated towns. Schodorf served as the director of the City of Chicago’s tourism video division with Choose Chicago before launching his independent video production company Schodorf Media Creative. His fourth and most recent film, “Chicago at the Crossroad,” explores Chicago’s violence and segregation issues and has been screened at major film festivals across the country.
Pastor Phil Jackson has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry for over 30 years. Phil has served in North Lawndale since 1994 as a youth pastor and was associate pastor of Lawndale Community Christian Church until 2017. In 2003, Pastor Phil started The House Covenant Church, a Christ-centered, hip-hop worship service. Phil is also the founder and CEO of the Firehouse Community Arts Center which serves young men ages 18-25 and works to interrupt the cycle of violence through the power of the arts. He co-authored the book The Hip-Hop Church and has been published in theological journals.
Camille Williamson is a Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Through-out her career she has worked in various neighborhoods on the south and west side of Chicago in the areas of Education, Community Health, Community Development, Advocacy and Community Organizing. As an LCSW, Camille has utilized her education, training, and professional experience to highlight social injustice and to promote progressive change for human equity through experiential education, advocacy, and action. As the Director of the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action at Adler University, Camille develops programming that adheres to the School’s mission on engaging communities through socially-responsible practice on the Chicago campus. She is responsible for the development, management, and evaluation of the Center’s strategic plan. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive expertise in administration and management of community-based and institutional programming and community building projects that focus on social justice for equity and inclusion.
The Firehouse Community Art Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence.The Firehouse Community Art Center as a 501(c)(3) in 2006, and in 2007 they purchased the 100 year old Chicago Firehouse in North Lawndale. The Firehouse now offers year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural arts programming, mentorship, leadership and workforce development centered around the prevention and interruption of violence.
Sinai Community Institute (SCI) has a history of developing effective community-based health and social service programs to improve the health and well-being of its clients addressing social, economic and environmental factors. Approximately 14,000 families each year benefit from SCI’s services, from infants to adolescents to adults.