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FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion
WTTW Events | FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion

FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence -- Free Screening and Discussion

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
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Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Join us at the Chicago Cultural Center for a screening and discussion of the new WTTW Digital multiplatform initiative FIRSTHAND, the first season of which is focused on Gun Violence.

FIRSTHAND’s fifteen-episode digital series follows five Chicagoans who have survived gun violence and are fighting back: a college-bound high school senior learning to live with the shootings of friends and family; a young man reconsidering his way of life while recovering from a gunshot wound; two mothers – one who is helping families grieve the loss of their children while grappling with the murder of her son, and another who took up the rights of prisoners after losing her son to incarceration; and an outreach worker who is doing everything in his power to stop the violence after serving a lengthy prison sentence for murder.

Following the screening, producer and director Dan Protess will talk with two of the film's subjects: Reality Allah, an outreach worker for READI Chicago; and Noemi Martinez, a Community of Survivors Manager with Chicago Survivors.

FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence will launch on Tuesday, November 12 at, where in addition to the digital series, audiences will find six reported stories produced in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering guns in America; five expert “Talks” proposing community solutions; and a discussion guide. Also, to extend the reach of the project into Chicago neighborhoods, WTTW will present additional community screenings and discussions with experts and policymakers.

WTTW is proud to partner with The Heartland Alliance, the coordinating agency and employer of record for READI Chicago, and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), convened by Metropolitan Family Services.

FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE is presented, in part, by The Grainger Foundation, Allstate Insurance Company, and The Chicago Community Trust. Major support is also provided by Ann and Rich Carr, Lew Collens, Denny and Sandy Cummings, Jim and Kay Mabie, the Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation, Sonia T. Marschak, and Rande and Cary McMillan. All supporters listed are as of October 4, 2019.

Please RSVP below. There will be no physical tickets to this event. Your name and number of seats reserved will be on a door list when you arrive. * fields are required.

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