that has never
before or since
on August 10
Next Saturday night, five Chicago filmmakers will literally “take a torch” to their work after premiering it in a North Lawndale warehouse.
Destroy Your Art is “an annual immersive event that marries film and performance art for a completely unique experience that’s impossible to replicate.” Since launching in 2017, it has grown to become one of the most unique and exciting creative expressions in the community.
This year’s show takes place in the Inside Town Art Collective space at 1954 S. Troy St. in North Lawndale. Partners include the collective as well as publicity firm 11th St. Lot and Goose Island Beer Company. The program includes film hard drives being scorched beyond recognition by blowtorch.
If turnout is anything like the last two years, it’ll be another sold-out show.
The creative destroyers scheduled to wreck their own stuff this year are:
Amir George A filmmaker and curator born and bred in Chicago. In addition to founding The Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organization, Amir is the co-founder of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental short film series with Erin Christovale.
Jim Vendiola An award-winning filmmaker whose works include Violets (Chicago Underground Film Festival Audience Award) and Library Hours, an Outfest official selection.
Kaitlin Martin A Chicago-based filmmaker, animator, and graphic designer. Her work primarily deals with the tropes of Gothic fiction and the act of haunting.
Juliette Strangio An Australian native based in Chicago who freelances in directing, producing and photography, collaborating with diverse and passionate filmmakers to tell authentic, female-driven stories.
Glamhag (aka Molly Hewitt) A performance artist and filmmaker, Molly’s first feature film, Holy Trinity, enjoys a world premiere at Outfest on July 19. (pronouns: they/their/them)
Destroy Your Art was born out of a desire to explore the permanence of film as well as the impermanence of the audience experience. The event challenges our current obsessions with moments — Snapchat, Instagram stories, while giving artists permission to take risks that they might not otherwise take.
What story will you tell when you know it will disappear?
Inside Town | 1954 S. Troy St., Chicago
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