Wednesday, 5/30: Three Short Films at Mess Hall

Three Short Films and a Conversation with filmmaker Luis Valenzuela 

Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm
Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago
(at the Morse stop of the red line, Rogers Park)

Meeting Face To Face imageMeeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour
directed by Jonathan Levin, produced by Michael Zweig

This 27-minute documentary breaks through the media walls that keep Iraqi and labor voices out of the debate about the war in the United States.  Meeting Face to Face brings the voices of Iraqi working people directly into the conversation as we consider the war and continuing occupation and what the next steps should be.

We also see American working people bringing new energy and commitment to the movement for peace, social justice, and a humane foreign policy.  Produced by the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at SUNY.

Two films by Luis Valenzuela: 

Pecado Menor
Follows the conflicted experience of a Latino U.S. soldier in an unnamed Latin American country. Violent and angry, the film does not mince words or images. 
English Subtitles

Bar Talk
Catalogs the conversations between a regular bar patron and the bartenders at the many Chicago bars he frequents.  Talk turns from personal to political, all over the patron’s favorite anesthetic.

Conversation with filmmaker Luis Valenzuela after the films
Luis Valenzuela has directed and produced four short films. Two of his films have been screened in the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Luis has worked on documentary films in Brazil on the struggles of land takeovers, and many projects on education in Chicago. In 1993 he presented a video “The Voice of the Dispossessed” for the Parliament of World Religions. He currently resides in the northwest neighborhood of Hermosa in Chicago with his wife Lourdes.

Images from the 5/6 Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

The Sewing Rebellion Anti-Fashion & Trade Show at Mess Hall, Chicago, May 6 2007:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Preparing the table for the demonstration of the Synchronized Sewing Squad:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Some of the re-made garments:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Demonstration of knitting socks:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Some of the socks that were made:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Made in China re-making it in USA:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Made in China – Trade Statistics:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Made in China- preparing to pour porcelain slip into a mold of a plastic tray made in China:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Made in China:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Reprinting with Silk Screen over Commercial logos:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

The rack of re-made garments and the civilian clothing made from copying patterns of US Military garments but using non camouflage fabrics:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

The Revolution takes to the streets! Participants parade around the block in their re-made garments:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Group shot of the Sewing Rebellion:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

“Stop shopping! Start sewing!” chant the returning Sewing Rebellion:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Ellen Rothenberg and participants bundle up camouflage clothing into tight wads which will be used in her installation, “Stealth”:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

The Synchronized Sewing Squad perform for 25 minutes of garment production:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Synchronized Sewing Squad Demonstration:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Re-Dressing NOLA:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Redressing NOLA – Plans for the Portable Garment Reconstruction Unit/Pedal Powered Sewing Machine (PGRU/PPSM):

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Christening of the Portable Garment Reconstruction Unit/Pedal Powered Sewing Machine (PGRU/PPSM):

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall

Operating the PGRU/PPSM:

Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall