Park District Youth Screen Their Documentary Music Videos at Gene Siskel Film Center Aug. 3-4
Youth from 9 Chicago Park District parks screen their documentary music videos Wednesday - Thursday, Aug. 3-4, from 11 a.m. - noon at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
The screening culminates the Chicago Park District’s Inferno Mobile Recording Studio’s day camp program. Using the theme “Our City, Our Songs,” youth created songs, beats and dance tracks; performed their songs; and shot video that also incorporated still photos and art work to reflect their neighborhoods and lives. In addition to seeing their work on the big screen, the youth will also receive a DVD with all of the movies and a “b-side” CD of all of the additional beats, raps, poetry, songs, and dance tracks they created with the Inferno team over the summer.
The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio offers a digital art making opportunity to day campers in citywide parks. The mobile recording studio helps youth create their art using laptops, a midi keyboard, mobile recorders, recording, sequencing, and music and video creation software. It also uses a human-powered generator, which is a pedal-powered battery, for some of the electronic devices.
The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio debuted in March 2006 at the Chicago Park District’s Teen Art Expo program. Since then, it has toured to parks all over the city, providing youth the opportunity to record their own original digital art work. Since its inception, the program has expanded from audio to video creation, and this is the third summer that youth have had the opportunity to view their movies on the big screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Some of the youth videos will also be shown before upcoming features as part of the Movies in the Parks series.
The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio has also created an interactive performance component called the Sonic Playground series. This program invites musicians and audience members to “play” the playground, using special the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio tools and the playground as an instrument. Sonic Playground performances in August are to be announced soon.
The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio is sponsored by Parkways Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Chicago Park District. For more information, call 312.742.PLAY or visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.