a film by Tirtza Even
SUN Nov. 10 | 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House | 800 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL
Natural Life is a feature-length (85 mins) documentary about five individuals who, as youths, received the most severe sentence given to convicted adults—“natural life” or life without parole. Pairing interviews with inmates and those involved in their cases (family members, attorneys, police officers, and victims) with documented and staged scenes, Even’s film is an elegant and unflinching challenge to the inequities of the juvenile justice system.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Tirtza Even, artist and filmmaker;
Mariame Kaba, Project NIA Director;
Shobha Mahadev, Project Director of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children,
Moderated by Jill Petty
Co-sponsored by High Concept Laboratories and the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project.
About artist and filmmaker Tirtza Even
For more than 15 years, video artist and documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even has created a body of work that addresses an array of complex social and political issues in Palestine, Turkey, Spain, Germany, and the US. Currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Even has been teaching Video and Multimedia Production and Post-Production, Experimental and Documentary Film Theory, Video Art and Media Theory and Production at the School of Art & Design, the University of Michigan, at New York University, at Columbia University, NY and at a number of other colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has published articles about video art history and theory in Israel and the United States.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.