Original Music courtesy of Hey Now Records, music by Andy Alton & David Mansfield of Behind the Sun. DV Film- Technical Support by David Bechtol. Crew/on location support: Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland. Special thanks to the American Indian Center of Chicago, where the nonprofit organization, Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center resided, and Chris was the Exec Director (volunteer). He taught hundreds how to silkscreen, and in the earlier days, how to use computers.
I documented Chris' journey for over a 3 year period with a crew of me, Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland. Chris Drew's journey which started with and act of selling art for a dollar--an act of civil disobedience for 1st amendment rights, challenging the Chicago Peddler's License-- and turned into a challenge to the Illinois Eavesdropping Law--carrying 4-15 years in jail as a felony.Two Pro Bono Attorneys came to his Defense, Josh Kutnick and Mark Weinberg. I shot the arrest video which was widely shown on local, national, international and social media sites. ..just Google it..smile.
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I took photos and documented using 5 different formats including cell phone and HD DSLR from 2009-2012.
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Photographer: Nancy Bechtol
Exhibit Title: Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew
Location: IL, United States
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