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Cultural Documentary 





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 

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Brian Schodorf

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.

A Message From Pastor Phil Jackson 

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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A Message From Debra Wesley

Sinai Community Institute (SCI) has a history of developing effective community-based health and social service programs to improve the health and well-being of its clients addressing social, economic and environmental factors. Approximately 14,000 families each year benefit from SCI’s services, from infants to adolescents to adults.

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Educational Resources

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.

Past Screenings

American Black Film Festival

JUNE 2019

Greater Urban Cleveland Film Festival


Catalina Film Festival


Wichita State University Department of Diversity and Inclusion

NOVEMBER 13, 2019

St. Louis International Film Festival

NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Sinai Health Systems

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

Presented by Sinai Community Institute

Chicago Cultural Center

FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Arclight Cinemas

MARCH 9, 2020

1500 N Clybourn

Sponsored by: A Better Chicago

Chicago International Film Festival

MAY 22, 2020

Online World Permiere

Executive Producer

Brian Schodorf

Co-Executive Producers

Afrika Porter

Malik Yusef

Written, Directed, Produced

Brian Schodorf

Narrated by

Malik Yusef

Senior Producer

Nathan Weber

Director of Photography

Ryan Kolegas

Original Score

Peter Warnica


Linda Mensch

Malachi Gross

Rahman Ayi

Burundi Partlow

Randy Crumpton

Ryan Kolegas


Pastor Phil Jackson

Debra Wesley

Associate Producers

Alisa Inez

Larry Jovan Davis

Crime Scene Footage Produced by

Vic Maggio of Maggio News


Brian Schodorf

Title Design

Michael Ledajaks

Additional Music By

Nebraska Franklin

Corey Steels


Jeff Sherman

Audio Engineer

Sean Tallman

Audio Mix

Dana Mroczek

Drone Operator

Nathan Weber

Website Design

Malachi Gross

Additional Camera

Mark Barry

Brooklyn Wheeler

Nick Silva

Rahman Ayi

Post Production Support

October TV

Chris Dewinter

Chris Palese

Zach Moore

Ashley Nath

Community Support

Sinai Community Institute

The Field Foundation

The Firehouse Community Art Center


Malik Yusef

Leonard GLC Harris

Teh'ray Phenom Hale 

Dr. Carol Adams

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Natalie Moore

Father Michael Pfleger

Leon Rogers

]Arne Duncan

Pastor Phil Jackson

Bradford Hunt 

Noonie Ward

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