Oscar-winner Friedkin to host Facets Film Summit

The People vs. Paul Crump

The People vs. Paul Crump

Chicago Public School
students get a
free master class
from the director of
“The French Connection”
and “The Exorcist”

(Chicago — 4 October 2018) Facets will present their second Chicago Film Summit on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613).

During the Summit, Academy Award-winning filmmaker William Friedkin will conduct a master class for Chicago Public Schools students focused on restorative justice, documentary filmmaking, and his first 1962 feature The People vs. Paul Crump.

Friedkin will be joined by co-host Rick Kogan, the Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN Radio and TV host.



William Friedkin, the director of 1971’s The French Connection, 1973’s The Exorcist, 1977’s Sorcerer, 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A., and the 2017documentary, The Devil And Father Amorth, started his career with a 1962 documentary made to save Chicagoan Paul Crump from death in the electric chair.

The People vs. Paul Crump is an astonishing debut film, a powerful plea for justice, and a potent look at the criminal justice system. The work raises issues that still resonate today, more than a half-century after its release.

The goal of Facets’ Chicago Film Summit series is to break down boundaries between students and world-class filmmakers and empower kids and teens to view media critically and use it creatively and responsibly.

The first Summit on April 23, 2018, was hosted by Academy Award-nominated director Greg Nava (El Norte, Mi Familia, Selena). Future Summits will feature Award-winning filmmaker Jill Godmilow (Antonia: Portrait of a Woman, Far From Poland) and Julie Dash, the breakthrough African-American director of Daughters of the Dust (1991).

The master class given by Friedkin and Rick Kogan at the October Chicago Film Summit will use The People vs. Paul Crump as a starting point to discuss social-issue documentaries and delve deeper into themes of social justice, equal protection under the law, and the legal process and its relation to.

Reservations, etc.
The Chicago Film Summit is free for students and teachers. For school reservations, contact Facets’ Education Director, Kathleen Beckman, at Kathleen@facets.org or 773-281-9075 ext. 109.

About William Friedkin
William Friedkin is the Academy-Award winning director of films such as The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973) and originally grew up in Chicago where he started directing TV shows and documentary films. He has always been interested in exploring salient ethical and moral issues throughout his directing career.

About Rick Kogan
Rick Kogan has worked for a variety of Chicago newspapers including the Chicago Tribune where he currently works as a senior writer and columnist and has also worked as a TV and radio host, most recently for WGN Radio and WGN TV. He is the author of eight books.

About Facets’ Chicago Film Summits
Facets’ Chicago Film Summits are presented in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education and supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Facets is a nonprofit that connects over 30,000 people annually to independent ideas through transformative film experiences.

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