OPEN Center for the Arts
Chicago, IL

The OPEN Center for the Arts launches “The Stories of One LAWNDALE” project, through which ten to twelve youths in the center’s Urban Film Course delve into the history and current landscape of the South and North Lawndale communities on the West Side of Chicago. Students in the program (ages 16–24), offered in partnership with Dos Muchachos Filmworks, learn about and use various cinematic techniques such as storyboarding, framing, shooting, and editing to create short documentary-style films highlighting the history of the divided community and emphasizing its unity as one Lawndale through the arts. The completed projects premiere at the Cariño Film Festival held at Open Center, providing a platform for the students to share important stories and showcase their creative achievements alongside the work of more experienced filmmakers. 

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