The untold story of Chicago at the Crossroad.
A Feature Length Documentary from Schodorf Media Creative – 15 years in the making…
Chicago at the Crossroad tells the story of a city caught in the violent aftermath of a policy of mass displacement shaded by a long history of segregation.
Much is said about the violence that plagues Chicago’s hyper-segregated communities. But what is known about the systems that created them, the laws that isolated them, and the policies that abandoned them? And how does a city heal from the decades of heartbreak and pain?
This is that story
A Schodorf Media Production
Writer, Producer, Director
Brian Schodorf is a television and film producer, director, and writer with 19 Regional Emmy Nominations and 6 Emmy Awards. His most recent documentary film, Chicago at the Crossroad, won 5 Regional Emmy Awards in 2020. In 2012 The Wayman Tisdale Story which aired on ESPN and NBA-TV won an Emmy Award for Best Topical Documentary. Schodorf was named the Media Professional of the Year in his home state of Kansas by the Topeka Capital Journal in the same year. Schodorf has developed a trademark style of tackling social issues and revealing the interconnectedness of politics, social systems, and the human heart. His first documentary, Poverty in Chicago, aired nationally on PBS and documented the homelessness epidemic in downtown Chicago. His second documentary film, Greensburg, the story of a small Kansas town devastated by a tornado was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. He served 6 years as the Director of the City of Chicago's tourism video division with Choose Chicago before launching his independent video production company Schodorf Media Creative in 2018 - working with clients in various industry verticals across the country. He resides in Chicago, IL and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelors Degree in Television Production and a Masters Degree in Media Management.
The Firehouse Community Art Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence.The Firehouse Community Art Center as a 501(c)(3) in 2006, and in 2007 they purchased the 100 year old Chicago Firehouse in North Lawndale. The Firehouse now offers year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural arts programming, mentorship, leadership and workforce development centered around the prevention and interruption of violence.
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Today educators and institutions are beginning to create conversations around race and discrimination more than ever. We are in development of the Crossroad Viewers Guide and Educational Curriculum that promises to create teachable moments regardless of income, geography, ethnicity, age, or race. This film and accompanying viewers guide will not only raises awareness, but create a space and environment across communities to face and discuss the root cause issues that continue to leave people of color currently and historically marginalized. To learn more about how to be a partner please download this PDF sponsorship proposal.
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Presented by Sinai Community Institute
FEBRUARY 26, 2020
MARCH 9, 2020
1500 N Clybourn
Sponsored by: A Better Chicago
MAY 22, 2020
Online World Permiere
Written, Directed, Produced
Director of Photography
Pastor Phil Jackson
Larry Jovan Davis
Crime Scene Footage Produced by
Vic Maggio of Maggio News
Additional Music By
Post Production Support
Sinai Community Institute
The Field Foundation
The Firehouse Community Art Center
Leonard GLC Harris
Teh'ray Phenom Hale
Dr. Carol Adams
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Father Michael Pfleger
Pastor Phil Jackson