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Wednesday, April 14 • 2:40pm - 3:15pm
Finding Films & Filmmakers With Public Library Sources

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Films from a long-shuttered Co-op end up in a closet. 37 years later the films are dragged out and shown as a curiosity. Some are quite good. But who is this female Polish immigrant underground filmmaker using the pseudonym HJ Roman? A beloved Super 8 Chicago filmmaker named Norm Bruns passed away from AIDS in 1990. Friends assume the films are lost and over the years calls to suspected relatives and partners are fruitless. Where are the films? Thankfully, some of these mysteries were cracked with the use of common public library resources like genealogical databases, reverse directories, microfilmed newspapers, and the patience and cooperation of fellow librarians.

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Josh Mabe

Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library
Josh B Mabe is a librarian, filmmaker, and programmer. His films have screened at the New York Film Festival, Images Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. He has programmed work in Chicago at Gallery... Read More →

Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:40pm - 3:15pm PDT
Stage A