ENCORE: Standing Rock Photographs; ‘Lottery Day’ Play; ‘The Distance Between Us’ Film

September 25, 2019
 

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We revisit our conversation about a photography exhibit at the American Indian Center of Chicago that shows the protests at Standing Rock. Plus, Ike Holter's play, 'Lottery Day,' is set in a fictional, quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. And, photojournalist Chris Capozziello, his brother Nick, and their family are the subject of the film, 'The Distance Between Us,' which explores Nick’s cerebral palsy.

Standing Rock Photographs

In 2016, and throughout the beginning of 2017, thousands gathered in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Many people from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation considered the pipeline a threat to clean water and to their sacred land. Led by Native communities, the camps by the pipeline site grew to thousands and became as a center for resistance and cultural preservation.

Michigan photographer Levi Rickert was also there. And last year, his photos were featured as part of an new Chicago exhibit at the American Indian Center. It’s called, Standing Rock: Photos of an Indigenous Movement. It will be at the American Indian Center from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. 

Levi Rickert joined us. He’s also the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Dave Spencer also joined us. He’s the development and arts coordinator for the American Indian Center.

'Lottery Day' Play

Ike Holter is the award-winning playwright based in Chicago. Earlier this year, he returned with a new play at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago called 'Lottery Day.' The play is the conclusion to his seven-part “Rightlynd Saga” which is centered on the fictitious 51st ward in Chicago. It brings back some of the characters from previous plays that dealt the historic closings of many Chicago Public Schools. This play is set around a barbecue in the 51st ward.

'The Distance Between Us' Film

Photojournalist Chris Capozziello, his brother Nick, and their family are the subject of the film, The Distance Between Us which explores Nick’s cerebral palsy. Chris stopped by Urbana earlier this year as the George A. Miller Visiting Artist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.