Chicago Premiere 11.14.14 Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the Chicago Premiere of
“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) 2014, by Nancy Bechtol. an indie feature documentary film made in Chicago.

● EVENT LOCATION: Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
● November 14, 2014 Friday 6:30 doors open – 7:30 film starts

Nancy Bechtol, an award winning photographer and artist has been documenting social justice and Chicago street artists for 30 years. This film is a departure from anything she has ever done and evolved over 5 years, shot on 5 different formats, including DSLR to cell phones.
Featured throughout is the indie music, courtesy of Hey Now Records, of by Behind the Sun, Andy Alton & David Mansfield.

Chris Drew, who passed away 2012, was the long-time Executive Director of The Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (UM-CAC) located in the American Indian Center.
In 2009, Chris asked Nancy (with 2 friends) to accompany him and document his attempt to get arrested for peddling art patches with messages of social awareness and artistic ideas to challenge Chicago’s Peddler’s Ordinance.

Chris was arrested for selling art patches for $1, (peddling) but since he had a personal tape recorder, charges changed to a felony violation of Illinois’ Eavesdropping Law by Illinois State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, which carried 4-15 years in jail if convicted. In 2009 this law was generally unknown. Two pro bono Attorneys defended him. First, Mark Weinberg challenged on the free speech constitutional ground; then Joshua Kutnick, criminal defense, defended, and won in the courtroom of Judge Sachs, on the felony charges in 2012.

Everything changed. From his arrest, for making an audio recording of his own arrest, to his untimely death from lung cancer, the film tracks Chris’ activism around Free Speech, his connections to the community, his connection to street artists in Chicago and internationally, and his transcendent belief in Free Speech. From interviews with his lawyers and with all kinds of people who worked with Chris from the American Indian Center and elsewhere, and knew him, including lawmaker Rep. Elaine Nekritz who got involved in the struggle to overturn the draconian Illinois Eavesdropping Law film is a colorful trip through Chicago’s Occupy and Anti-War protests, Critical Mass bike rides, and more, as you learn about a real American patriot who believed that art, thought, and free speech were worth fighting for.
Note: The Illinois Supreme Court overturned the Ill Eavesdropping Law, March 2014.
Trailer is on http://www.youtube.com/user/madpalX listed on IMDb Music in the film courtesy of Hey Now Records. “Paper Airplane” Behind the Sun. Andy Alton /David Mansfield http://www.heynowrecords.com
Contact info: nbechtol@ameritech.net
Contact for Tickets/Screening info: Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 773.342.5555. at the box office and online

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11.14. 14 indie film which impacts us all – we all win!

Dateline: Chicago. USA. Chicago Premiere at Logan Theatre. ON 11.14.14 here are media links and on IMDb for the deep background of this social documentary indie film by Nancy Bechtol. Indie Music courtesy of Hey Now Records. heynowrecords.com Chris Drew, street:
http://lnkd.in/dbtQ8a3
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Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist (2014) official sites, and other sites with posters, videos, photos and more.

Indie Filmed in Chicago soon Premiere..And today the film is up 93% on IMDb!

Indie Filmed in Chicago..And today the film is up 93% on IMDb!

News flash today! Had to share right away! Just a great update. Logan Theatre will have the Chicago Premiere of

“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” a indie feature experimental documentary by Nancy Bechtol, 5 years in the making shot on 5 different formats including 2 cell phones.

Indie music by “Behind the Sun” Andy Alton & David Mansfield, featured and courtesy of Hey Now Records.

Nov 14th, Friday. Doors open 6:30, show at 7:30

And today the film is up 93% on IMDb!

hmmm. hard to tell why?!

Yes, Indie Filmed in Chicago, without any permits ..none required.

details/links to follow.
Trailer::
https://www.youtube.com/user/madpalX

Chris Drew, street artist.. not a terrorist – but an artist. exclusive interview by Max Eternity with Nancy Bechtol

FREE SPEECH & Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness

At some point all the dots are connecting…”Right now, you are saying to yourself “yeah, right, I find that hard to believe” Well I also found it hard to believe, but realities change, don’t they?’ Life, long journey…..Chris Drew not a terrorist – but an artist, and the release of my long awaited…more http://lnkd.in/b_ChiVa

Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts

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Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts By Max Eternity In 2009, a Chicago artist named Chris Drew…

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Illegal in 2009 – Chris Drew significant impact on Il. Eavesdropping Law

Photo is CPD officer taking a photo, and I in return.©2012 nancy bechtol. Recording audio was illegal in 2009 in Ill. but no one knew! https://www.youtube.com/user/madpalX

the film (2014, release TBA soon) “Free Speech & Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” is the story of how it was. Significant contribution of probono attorneys first constitutional law Attorney Weinberg; challenge, then Attorney Kutnick who won the case VS Ill State Attorney Alvarez. Illinois Eavesdropping law finally struck down with Ill. Supreme Court ruled Unconstitutional March 2014.

Chris Drew’s case with Attorney Kutnick preceeded this final decision in which Judge Sach’s ruled in March 2, 2012. the Illinois Eavesdropping Law to be unconstitutional, based on “wholly innocent conduct”. Which set precedent for the final victory.

Illinois Supreme Court decision was on March 20, 2014, which finally abolished the law. New article : Eavesdropping In Illinois: You Can Do What Now? by The National Law Review  http://www.natlawreview.com/article/eavesdropping-illinois-you-can-do-what-now

©2012  NATO. first time legal to audio record police in public in Illinois

©2012 NATO. first time legal to audio record police in public in Illinois

Chris Drew, street artist.. not a terrorist – but an artist. exclusive interview by Max Eternity with Nancy Bechtol

At some point all the dots are connecting…”Right now, you are saying to yourself “yeah, right, I find that hard to believe” Well I also found it hard to believe, but realities change, don’t they?’ Life, long journey…..Chris Drew not a terrorist – but an artist, and the release of my long awaited…more http://lnkd.in/b_ChiVa

Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts

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Nancy Bechtol: On Free Speech, Journalism and the Arts By Max Eternity In 2009, a Chicago artist named Chris Drew…