Free Screening: City So Real


Free Screening: City So Real

Please note…

This screening has reached its registration capacity.

Don’t miss the Q&A…

After you register for this Film Independent Goes to Washington screening, be sure to register for the follow-up event, City So Real Q&A, featuring director/producer/cinematographer/editor Steve James and producer/sound recordist Zak Piper. (Thursday, October 29 – 3:00 pm PT)

As part of our ongoing Film Independent Goes to Washington series, you are invited to watch Episode One of City So Real in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vison Media.

Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election, and the tumultuous 2020 summer of COVID-19 and social upheaval following the police killing of George Floyd.

Episode One – “Welcome to Chicago”
Facing a growing chorus of activists, incumbent Rahm Emanuel must choose whether to run for reelection against a large and diverse field of candidates in the most contested mayor’s race in Chicago history. Influencing his decision is the beginning of the high-profile trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.

2020, 60 minutes, 5 episodes, color | Directed by Steve James | Produced by Zak Piper, Steve James | Executive Produced by Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder

Registration Information

Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this online screening starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 15. | Registration is free; one registration per individual.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registered Members (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

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