“Tommy Chicago” Palazzolo has filmically embraced and exposed the quirks and foibles of Chicago for the past 45 plus years from his time as a student to faculty at the School of the Art Institute’s film department: with a prolific filmography that includes a tattooed lady from Riverview, Nazis in Skokie, Democrats convening in Daley’s downtown, Munchkin bar owners, bridal showers on the south side or the old Maxwell Street experience of the 60’s and 70’s Tom Palazzolo has covered Chicago with a wild eye and keen wit.
Kapra Fleming, has been making video “portraits” of places and people since 1985. She documented the last day at the old Maxwell Street market interviewing the vendors in 1994. She spent years documenting “Dia de los Muertos” celebrations throughout Oaxaca, Queretero and Michoacan, Mexico with husband, Miguel Lopez-Lemus that have been included in multi-media performances and sculpture: “La Calaca Videografica.”
“This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.”