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January 31, 2011



I had no idea this was in the works; thank you for posting on it. Also, I believe it's "Azita Youseffi," not "Roussef"

Richard Prouty

Yes, it's a really interesting project, great for both local music and local film production.

Thanks for the correction of Azita Youseffi's name. I have to admit I'd never heard of her before.

There are also some other corrections. I have to take more legible notes.

Judy Prouty

How is it that you interviewed / met with Kênya Zanatta?

Richard Prouty

She was nice enough to buy me a cup of coffee at Bittersweet, a cafe bakery on near the Belmont El stop. Her reasons for initially contacting me say a lot about the director's visual style: she was looking for archival footage of street scenes in Chicago, especially those with a lot of movement. The only film that came immediately to mind was James Benning's "11 x 1," which is a continual tracking shot from inside the Evanston Express train heading north. It covers the entire route. Not surprisingly, it's hard to find in intact form.


This is such a great idea, it will help the local music and local film projects..

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