March 21, 2011 5:24 pm
Kartemquin's classic 1974 film Now We Live on Clifton will air on WTTW on Thursday, May 12th at 9:25pm, as part of our 45th Anniversary broadcast series on Chicago's premier public television station. There will also be a repeat broadcast on May 15th at 1:25pm.
One of what we at KTQ call the "Kids' Films" (with Winnie Wright, Age 11), Now We Live on Clifton follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University. The film stands as a crucial time capsule of a past era, and will be of special interest for residents of the neighborhood and all concerned with the present debates over urban renewal and childhood poverty. The film be released on DVD later this year as part of the fourth volume of the Kartemquin Collection: The Early Years.
Now We Live on Clifton is the third film in WTTW's Kartemquin 45th Anniversary series, following from the World Broadcast Premiere of Prisoner of Her Past on April 28th at 9pm, and the series opener Inquiring Nuns on March 31st at 9pm. All of the broadcasts will be preceded by a brief introduction filmed at Kartemquin's offices.