Chicago’ “Free Speech..”Film Thanks:..a painfully gritty true story

Chicago ‘Free Speech’ Film thanks: a painfully gritty true story

FILM-_Bechtol_Logan-BIGPOSTER-WEBxAll_Posters_Lobby_-Logan-Theatre-Bechtol_Post-Image11.14.14 Marked Chicago and World Premiere of “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” screened at the Logan Theatre. Local is best. Special thanks To the media the Reader, Sun-Times, Logan TV and DNAinfo, Chicago Talks, Mark Thomas of the Alley Stores for the great collector buttons given at the premiere, and all those who blogged and grassroots rallied to support this journey and NOW indie feature film. You are the best! The thank you list is a good 3 pages long on the film credits, several of Chris Drew’s former students were there, Lew & Diana – with beautiful flyers and ongoing People’s Tribune tributes to Chris, as well as his widow Deborah, attorney Mark Weinberg, and (includes spiritual advisors and inspirations) John Lennon, Martin Luther King and Gandhi, his probono attorneys Weinberg and Kutnick, Music courtesy of Hey Now Records/’Paper Airplane’, by Behind the Sun-Alton & Mansfield, ( along with the ACLU, APA, CANTV, Occupy Critical Mass and our Public Servants(who legally can and will be recorded in public), and more. so many more…all listed in the film ) Special thanks to the crew who supported the film Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland, and David Bechtol, Technical Supervisor and fixer of all things, without him this film would not have been made. Thanks for all who were there in person and in spirit! an excellent audience, we nearly filled the 102 seat theatre. very well attended! What an experience to see so many people and, most I did not know… that was amazing. The film is now for history, forever.

above, is the Poster in lobby next to all the REAL movies! 27×39″ mine is 2nd from the left….”into the woods” ah yes, the journey was long to make this DIY indie, but worth every joy and sorrow, those who make films, know deeply what I mean. Peace through Justice. May the Chris Drew story of social justice radiate. The truth IS out there. Art IS Speech! In any way you can, tell the stories of our lives. ~Nancy Bechtol

#ChiCritMass ~ right/ride on! Raven Roberts speaks on Chris Drew

@ChiCritMass~right/ride on!| Raven speaks on DREW

Raven Roberts-Potawatomi-Miqma-Onedia – Speaking on Chris Drew and Critical Mass link. Heralding the love of bikes and support surrounding both. Raven is a Native American artist, Educator. She knew Chris since she was 5 years old, along with many members of her family and friends from the American Indian Center. Raven was also a community artist with the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (UM-CAC)© 2012 video/Chris Drew Legacy Interview #6. by Nancy Bechtol, APA Photojournalist.

Raven Roberts_ “it was good to see all the love and support…” a lot of bikers, knowing Chris was a biker too.

Original art patch by Raven and clips from the Critical Mass Memorial Bike ride in honor of Chris featured in this video. On location Chicago Downtown. Filmed at The American Indian Center. Uptown, Chicago.

Chris Drew, was the Exec. Director of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (volunteer position) located/housed at AIC for 25 years. on the 3rd floor and was a part of the community and taught many how to silkscreen for free, use and repair computers, helping Bridge the digital divide, and participated, and helped develop programs at the AIC. This video is one in a series of several people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life.

Now the story of his art, activism and love of Free Speech.

1.14.14 Chicago Premiere at the Logan Theatre! indie feature documentary, by Nancy Bechtol “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min)

See/Hear the Nancy Bechtol interview by Dan O’Donnell – Logan Square TV

An important documentary about street artist Chris Drew, and his felony trial for recording police, will premiere at The Logan Theatre on November 14. Original Music featured in the film is courtesy of Hey Now Records. “Paper Airplane”  by Behind the Sun` Andy Alton & David Mansfield.

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