Film screening: “SOUTHEAST: a city within a city”

Saturday, November 12, 2022
5–7 p.m. central
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Film screening: “SOUTHEAST: a city within a city”

The Southeast side of Chicago is an often overlooked and stigmatized neighborhood, blocked by an overcast of misguided interpretation. In the documentary SOUTHEAST: a city within a city, filmmaker Steven J.  Walsh strives to shed light on this neighborhood’s near-mythic tale.

This community once produced more steel than any other place in the world. It had neighborhoods full of life and culture—many different cultures—but that all ended once the steel mills left. The film brings together builders, soldiers, scholars, gangsters, musicians and politicians from the Southeast side’s past and present to help explain what happened after the area’s deindustrialization. This film is more than just history; it is a hands-on exploration of what it felt like to live in the neighborhood. See how the streets were then and how they’ve evolved to what they are now.

Photo of artist Roman Villarreal with filmmaker Steven Walsh, filming SOUTHEAST
Photo courtesy Steven Walsh

The film screening will take place in the performance space at Intuit and feature a musical performance by Walsh’s grandfather Roger “Coco” Gomez, whom the film centers on. The program will conclude with a Q&A with filmmaker Steven J. Walsh, Roger “Coco” Gomez and artist Roman Villarreal, who is featured in the documentary.

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The film screening is free! To show your support to Intuit, please consider the pay-what-you-can option when you complete your reservation. Your contributions help ensure the sustainability of our public programs and support guest lecturers and teaching artists.

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All film screening attendees must follow the museum’s health and safety procedures. Intuit is closely monitoring COVID-19 guidelines established by local, state and federal authorities and will promptly share information that affects the event.

The film screening of SOUTHEAST: a city within a city is a free program presented as part of Art Design Chicago Now, an initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art that amplifies the voices of Chicago’s diverse creatives, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now.

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Watch the trailer

Directed by Steven J. Walsh / Produced by Steven J. Walsh