From: Jonathan Kahana (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Dec 29 2006 - 10:03:09 PST
Would anyone be able to point me to any sources of information on the
1960s/70s Chicago-based collective (The) Film Group? Film Group did a lot
of work in commercials and industrials, but – from what I can glean – took
on this work in order to support the production of radical independent
work. I'm looking specifically for information about their production of a
remarkable documentary short (about 7 min.) called CICERO MARCH;
principals on this film included Mike Gray (of THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON
and AMERICAN REVOLUTION 11) and Mike Shea. Chicago Film Archives has a
print of the film; apart from some documentation of the Film Group at
their website and an article in the Chicago Tribune, around the time that
CFA received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to
preserve CICERO MARCH, about 18 months ago, there's little to be found.
(Rumor had it that CICERO MARCH was discussed for the National Film
Registry – see Andy Lampert's recent post – but there's nothing by the
Film Group on this year's list.) Any leads at all greatly appreciated,
on-list or off.
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