The Area is a feature-length documentary film about a South Side Chicago neighborhood being demolished to make way for an intermodal freight yard. Since September 2011, residents have been living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community.
The first documentary short film from the project, featured above, was published by Gapers Block as part of its documentary film series, The Grid. The short was celebrated by Chicago magazine, Chicago Public Radio, South Side Weekly, and IndieWire, and it won a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club.
After nearly five years of filming, post-production work on the feature-length film started in autumn 2016.
Join Scrappers Film Group on Friday, December 9th to celebrate five years of filming The Area. We'll have drinks, music by DJ Damon Locks, a sneak peek of new scenes, a multi-screen video installation, and an exhibition of The Area's director and cinematographer David Schalliol's photographs -- all in one of the city's innovative new spaces, Lost Arts. The event is made possible in part due to generous sponsorship by Chicago Cityscape.
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The Area is a production of Scrappers Film Group and is supported by the Graham Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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- Join Scrappers Film Group at Lost Arts in Chicago on Friday, December 9th to celebrate five years of filming The Area. See full event details and RSVP on Facebook.
- On July 2, David discussed The Area and presented selections from the film at Tanto Tempo Gallery during the UTAKATADO Fair in Kobe, Japan.
- On May 21, David presented selections from The Area at the Mobile Design Box in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- David Weinberg Gallery screened selections from The Area from 6-8pm on June 26. A discussion with David, community activist Deborah Payne, and a Shriver Center housing advocate followed. See photographs of the event on Facebook.
- David discussed The Area at the Place Hacking Sociology conference at the University of Liverpool.
- A new article in South Side Weekly takes a long look at displacement, demolition, and construction in "The Area."
- David discussed The Area at an event cosponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and MAS Context on December 2.
- A group from the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago visited The Area as a part of All Out in the Streets: The American City and Photographic Media, 1960-1980, a companion conference to the Art Institute's The City Lost and Found exhibition.
- David discussed The Area at the Washington Park Arts Incubator in Chicago on August 7.
- The Area's documentary short won the Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor Award for Best Use of Online Features Video.
- The Area is developing a new website through the the Tribeca Film Institute/Kartemquin Films Tribeca Hacks program.
- Chicago Public Radio interviewed director David Schalliol about the project.
- Indiewire and Chicago magazine featured The Area short.