Now We Live on Clifton at the Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago's current exhibition "The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980," features our classic 1974 film Now We Live on Clifton hung on the wall, playing in its entirety on a loop. It's a real honor for us, and the film itself was singled out for praise in this review by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin:

"The show presents a sweeping view of the change that rocked the nation's three largest cities. Yet it is most engaging when we see the impact of such shifts on ordinary people, like two Chicago kids, Pam and Scott Taylor, who grew up in a multi-racial, working-class West Lincoln Park.

In Kartemquin Film's 1974 documentary "Now We Live on Clifton," 10-year-old Pam and 12-year-old Scott, her brother, lament how gentrification prompted by DePaul University's expansion is squeezing out their friends, many of them black and Mexican. They bemoan the loss of three-flats and wonder about the "rich people with no kids but two dogs" colonizing their neighborhood. This street-wise vantage point is central to the exhibition's broader thrust."

Now We Live on Clifton was made at the height of Kartemquin's Collective Era, and is paired with fellow "Kids' Film," Winnie Wright, Age 11. We hope to release both the films on DVD and VOD in 2015.