Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival - Centerpiece Screening

Centerpiece Screening: Make a Distinction
June 11, 2021, 9pm
Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival
Chicago Filmmakers
1326 W Hollywood Ave
Chicago, IL

In a special outdoor screening at Chicago Filmmakers, Onion City presents the world premiere of Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney’s Make a Distinction. Drawing its title from the scientific process of identifying species and a speech given by Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton, the film examines the shared political economy of television production, police militarization, and ecological collapse. The film issues a provocative challenge to the viewer: “name the enemy or become it.”

The feature will be preceded by the world festival premieres of two shorts, Colonial Transfer by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos and The Circle by Jibade-Khalil Huffman. Colonial Transfer captures the disorienting experience of navigating the current online media landscape and outlines Mexico’s historical relationship with television. Blending voices from 1950s police procedurals with a cascade of found and original images, The Circle offers an idiosyncratic portrait of the search for community in a hyper-mediated police state. Each film proposes unexpected points of connection while seeking to understand the larger struggle against the colonial legacy of corruption and violence.

Tickets are available here.