Ron Grenko Memorial Tribute and Film Screening
Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew,
Street Artist

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Screening at 11:30 a.m.  (Doors 11 a.m.)
Free admission
($5 suggested donation to Intuit)

Film Synopsis: Chris Drew, street artist and activist, was selling art for $1 in downtown Chicago to protest the Chicago Peddlers Ordinance since he believed Art is Speech, a First Amendment Right. Those charges were dropped and replaced with a serious Class One Felony Eavesdropping charge, for audio recording his own arrest. Nine police officers with a Homeland Security detail arrested him. With 2 pro bono lawyers, he challenged for over 2.5 years in court, The Illinois Eavesdropping Law, which carried a sentence of 4-15 years in prison if convicted. His case and cause drew nationwide and even international attention. Both traditional and social media covered the unbelievable case of C Drew. This is a true story. 
(Running Time: 99 min)

Director: Nancy Bechtol
Cast: Chris Drew
Cinematography: Nancy Bechtol
Crew: Ron Grenko, Hermann Wieland
Tech Supervisor/Producers: David Bechtol, Shadow Bechtol Studio.

Photo of Ron Grenko

Photo of Ron Grenko

Special Tribute to Ron Grenko, RIP (rest in power) who was on the crew/friend and photographer on social doc.  A fitting tribute to a friend who was in solidarity with Chris Drew’s cause and with respect to all “outsider" artists and all who do the right thing and champion our freedoms.

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