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Scrappers Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Chicago, IL 60615 (map)

Smartphones revolutionized citizen access to cameras - could drones do the same for air space? The second episode of Rights Lab, a cross-genre web series using cinema verite techinques to explore the most pressing civil liberties questions of our day, takes you on a whirlwind tour of the ever-changing legal drone landscape and considers the civil liberties implications behind the drone boom.

Scrappers Film Group, in collaboration with, invites you to the second event in our four-part series of screenings, conversations and performances at Experimental Station on Chicago’s south side. 

February 27, 2016
7:00 pm
Experimental Station
6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago, IL

Along with a screening, the event will have a panel discussion including Christopher Morrison, founder of drone photography company Roboaerial, Professor Henry Perritt at the Kent School of Law and Dr. Kelly Moore from Loyola University, and a new performance involving drones by The Young Fugitives, a radical teen ensemble. 

Rights lab is funded in part by Chicago Filmmakers and The Voqal Fund’s Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. 

About Scrappers Film Group
Scrappers Film Group takes their name from their documentary Scrappers, which chronicles the story of two men and their families who collect scrap in Chicago’s alleyways and was named one of Roger Ebert’s best documentaries of 2010. Their work has included Central Standard: On Education, a web series about disparities in public education for PBS Digital Studios and Popcorn Politics, a series about the hidden ideologies of Hollywood blockbusters for the A.V. Club.

Truthout is an online newsmagazine which works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. Truthout’s investigative reporting has touched on issues including the environment, Guantanamo Bay, immigration and transgender rights. 

About Experimental Station
The Experimental Station is an independent, not-for-profit incubator of innovative cultural projects and small-scale enterprises. Its facilities provide essential resources enabling vulnerable initiatives to stabilize and flourish. These resources include: office, exhibition, and other workspace at discounted rents; information networks; tools and technical support. The Experimental Station seeks to maintain a diverse and interdisciplinary balance of participants and activities and to generate events, lectures, and exhibitions which are free and open to the public. Areas of primary interest include, but are not limited to, art, ecology, cultural criticism, independent publishing and alternative models of education.

About The Young Fugitives Ensemble
Originally recruited by artist Ricardo Gamboa for a city-funded youth summer employment program, The Young Fugitives formed during 2013, their third summer working with Gamboa. When their show "Cold Summer" was censored for critiquing political figures by name, Free Street Theater offered The Young Fugitives the opportunity to independently produce "Cold Summer," then asked them to formally join the organization. Since then, The Young Fugitives has become a professional ensemble of young writers and performers who create original theatrical works that challenge Chicago's status quo and offers an artistic home to individuals excluded from other avenues of production. 

The space is wheelchair accessible.

Earlier Event: February 13
61st St. Farmers Market