"Clifton" Causing a Stir Again

Kartemquin fans in Chicago should tune in to WTTW 11 tomorrow night at 9.25pm (or again on Sunday May 15 at 1:25pm) to catch Now We Live On Clifton, our 1974 documentary about the gentrification of West Lincoln Park in Chicago as seen through the eyes of two working-class children.

Ahead of the broadcast the Chicago Sun-Times interviewed Kartemquin Collective filmmakers Jerry Blumenthal and Peter Kuttner, along with Pam Taylor - seen as a 10 year old in the film. They shared their thoughts on how the film still works as a film "about kids for kids" and as a portrait of a now forever lost era in the neighborhood in the article "‘Clifton’ showed how the yuppies took over West Lincoln Park"

Principally responsible for the gentrification process seen in the film was DePaul University. Their student news outlet The DePaulia also profiled the film this week in the article "Gentrification Nation", commenting "The film works because of its personal touch. Watching it, we know these children and their lives and their place in the city.

The film is the third in WTTW's series celebrating Kartemquin's 45th anniversary, following Inquiring Nuns and Prisoner of Her Past. Still to come in the series are Typeface, In the Family, Taylor Chain and the television premieres of A Good Man and The Interrupters. In the clip below, which will also, air on WTTW, Jerry and Peter introduce the film, noting that "In a lot of Kartemquin films, Chicago was a big character in the movie. That's certainly true of Now We Live on Clifton."

Enjoy the film, and let us know what you think!