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Trailer For 'The Painter' - Dramatic Short Film About Violence In Chicago & Its Effects

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by Sergio
September 4, 2013 6:33 PM
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It’s no secret that Chicago, in the past few years, has become synonymous with urban violence. In fact, people are now calling it Chiraq.

And the violence that is plaguing some neighborhoods in the city is what inspired Kevin Cooper, an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, to take action, when, last summer, violent deaths around the world and in Chicago, especially, reached alarming levels.

According to Cooper: “I feel a responsibility to stand up and add my voice to the choir of people trying to help the most innocent of the victims by bringing awareness to this problem.” 

Producer DeAnna Cooper also added that: “There are very few things as pressing as the violence that plagues Chicago, our home. So many children suffer and they need our help.”  

The result is their new short film The Painter, which deals with a 12 year old boy, “who lives in a world where violence surrounds him. His sole means of survival is to escape the violence outside by creating art.  He begins this day like every other, with walls covered with newspaper clippings that chronicle the epidemic death toll in the inner city”.

It is in this terrible situation that the young boy explains his existence and comes to terms with the world he lives in through his art.

The film is currently on the film festival circuit having been recently screened at Montreal’s World Film Festival and moves on this month to LA Shorts Fest and Urbanworld Film Festival in New York.

Here’s the trailer for the film below. For more info about the film go HERE.

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4 Comments

  • deon'ta nabors | September 13, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    Just to clarify so everyone is clear....One does not need to grow up in the violent streets of urban America in order to relay a story. If an individual has family or friends that have gone through rough times and or lived in or with violence, then that person has experienced that life with through those people and is therefore qualified to relay his depiction of his experiences. Enough said! Get the point?

  • deon'ta nabors | September 13, 2013 6:08 PM

    Im am also apart in this film as a role.

  • Stephen Jenkins | September 6, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    artesian lightbulbs in a dangerous urban setting? really?? good thing whispering kids isn't completely overused in movies these days....

    this just looks like some northside white dude who has no idea what it's like to live with violence around him made some "i know what you're going thru" piece of crap to make other white people think he's really in tune with the streets.

    well mr cooper, you're not.

  • Kailyne Waters | September 12, 2013 2:31 PM

    Thanks so much Amarok Productions for the opportunity to work on this project with you! Hats off to the creative team and to the non profit organizations who are partnering on this film. I am just sorry that I wasn't able to join the effort until post production. As someone who works in the media field with youth in Cleveland, it was so refreshing to see that Chicago-based organizations were involved in the production; and that the young people got to be a part of the entire story of the film- not just another story told about them. So happy that festivals like LA Shorts and Urbanworld in NY aren't shying away from the depth of the issue. A very important message and a very thoughtful, well-crafted film. Cheers!

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