NEWS: 2/2016 ..... Now Streaming and on DVD on Amazon.com!....... Chicago Premiered at Logan Theatre on 11.14.14 long - long journey...all good.
©2014. Film is Completed and is registered/with copy of film at the U.S Copyright at the Library of Congress, Washington. There have been 8 previews/screenings for the film since completed in Jan.2014. First special pre-screening at Columbia College, hosted by the School of Journalism, (Special Thanks to Dr. Barbara Iverson),The Trickster Gallery (Native American owned and operated, Special Thanks to Joe Podlasek, Yazzie and Mario) and ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation (Special Thanks to Monica Brown and Pres. Iris Goldstein and all ARC sisters) and screened at Revolution Books Chicago, with discussion by filmmaker and Attorney Mark Weinberg (Special Thanks to Jay Becker) 2014 January and in April 2015 Screened at the American Indian Center of Chicago as a benefit for the Center located in Uptown, Chicago. (thanks to Dave Bender, Andrew Johnson, Exec. Dir) : Screening: Defibrillator Gallery. thanks to Joseph Ravens ,Director-Chicago on August 15! at 7pm Screening of "Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist" ©2014 (99 min) ."FREE SPEECH &THE TRANSCENDENT JOURNEYOF CHRIS DREW STREETARTIST" screened JAN 26 EVANSTON CIVIC CENTER film by Nancy Bechtol. Chris Drew, street artist/activist sold art for $1 in Chicago to protest Peddler's License.Art IS speech, a First Amendment Right. arrested/ charges were changed, he faced 1st Class Felony Charge for audio-recording police. .SPONSORED BY OCCUPY EVANSTON co-sponsored by Democracy in Action Chicago, Coalition to Overturn Citizen United, End Money in Politics, Chicago Women's Caucus for Art
Grassroots interest and support keeps this film moving forward. Stay tune for showings of: "Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist"©2014 is an intensely Independent feature documentary (99 min) by Nancy Bechtol- (recorded on 5 different formats including cell phone and HD DSLR) 5 years in process of making the indie film. Original Music courtesy of Hey Now Records, music by Andy Alton & David Mansfield of Behind the Sun. DV Film- amazing Technical Support by David Bechtol. Produced by Shadow Bechtol Studio.
I documented Chris' journey for over a 3 year period with a crew of me, Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland. Chris Drew's journey which started with and act of selling art for a dollar--an act of civil disobedience for 1st amendment rights, challenging the Chicago Peddler's License-- and turned into a challenge to the Illinois Eavesdropping Law--carrying 4-15 years in jail as a felony.Two Pro Bono Attorneys came to his Defense, Josh Kutnick and Mark Weinberg. I shot the arrest video which was wildly shown on local, national, international and social media sites. just Google it..smile.
The film is complete, readying for showing.-however, wherever, whenever...as the cosmos beckons.
Thanks for your interest-- peace through justice. This is the most intense and meaningful thing you may have seen for some time, and speaks strongly to our times. it is about the Constitution and all our rights, seen through the eyes of Chris Drew, he lived it and made a difference. Chris Drew (1950-2012) Patron Saint of Street Artists and First Amendment Rights.
The Illinois Eavesdropping Law was declared Unconstitutional, AND as of March 20, 2014 Illinois Supreme Court threw out this law! victory! But in DEC 2014 The NEW Illinois Eavesdropping Law now back!
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