Lord Thing + The Corner [Documentary Screenings]

One Thing that will separate MOR from other HipHop blogs in the city of Chicago is advocacy, love for social justice and activism. Over 40 and 50 years two documentaries were released about the service gangs gave back to the community through involvement and civic engagement. The documentaries Lord Thing [1970] and The Corner [1963] painted images of the good that these organized groups had in their communities in the era of the Civil Rights Movement that became a time of fighting for equality of all.

These documentaries have now been restored by the Chicago Films Archives and will be screened this upcoming Thursday, August 7th at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 8pm. For more information on these documentaries check out the article by the Chicago Reader and this article by Chicago Tribune.

I included both documentaries below but the restorations will be looking WAY better than the original footage captured four and five decades ago. More information on the documentary screening below. Cick here for the event page.

Lord Thing [1970]:

The Corner [1963]:

Lord Thing, directed by DeWitt Beall. 52 min. Also on the program: Robert Ford’s 26-minute short The Corner (1963). A panel discussion follows the screening, with Lance Williams of Northeastern Illinois University, Cynthia Kobel of Second Chance Initiative, and Benneth Lee of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated. Thu 8/7, 8 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2800, siskel film center .org, $11.  

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