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Convergence

At the intersection of art and activism, there is Convergence.

Episode 1

Health Crisis

We spent the summer interviewing healthcare workers, commissioning artists, and editing a piece meant to reveal the scope, context, and impact of the current pandemic on our community.  In our first episode, we explore the impact of the pandemic on frontline healthcare workers.

Director: Adam Blaszkiewicz

Producer/Camera/Editor: David A Holcombe

Producer:Spence Warren

Camera: Jaaron Boger

Poem Written by: David W Pedersen

Poem Read by: Ariel Etana Triunfo and David W. Pedersen

Graphics: Nandy Bared

Score: Matthew Mickelsen

Movement Artists: Ariel Etana Triunfo, Adrianna Poindexter

Healthcare workers:

Joel Gonzalez Jr.

David Boren

Dr. Riz Ahmed

Made possible in large part by grants from:

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Episode 2

Birth Justice

Soft Cage Films presents the second episode of "Convergence," a new series in which we partner with artists of various disciplines to tell vital stories. In this episode, we explore birth justice and the impact of the pandemic and health care system on expecting Black mothers.

Produced & Directed by: Zanah Thirus Zanah Thirus Productions, LLC

Cinematography by: Matthew Lomax

Editing by: Colbie Fray

Music by: Yanna Cello

Special Thanks to:

Mia Jones with Umifull

(You can follow her on Instagram: @umifull_)

Made possible in large part by grants from:

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Episode 3

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House of Enigma

House of Enigma is a 10 minute short film exploring gender on an international scale. Using gender and artistic expression alike, two artists on opposite sides of the world explore what it means to exist as an enigma, something that can never be defined, only expressed.

Credits:

Producer: David A. Holcombe

Co-Director: Slade Warnken

Co-Director: Ying Dai

Subjects: Sebastian Olayo, Augus Wang

Made possible in large part by grants from:

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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