SURFACES Workshops with Marco Ferrari

Marco Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, is a local filmmaker who believes that art can connect us and our environment. The culmination of his fellowship is SURFACES: a film project about the Greater Grand Crossing area made up of videos made in collaboration with residents. He will project this film onto the abandoned St. Laurence School building (72nd & S. Dorchester) at sunset on June 21st (Father’s day and the summer solstice). It will be a free event with music and food that will coincide with an Open House at the Black Cinema House located just down the street.
SURFACES is about our relationship to place and time. A moment when we can gather and talk about the positive and negative changes within the community underneath larger-than-life videos of the people and landscape of Greater Grand Crossing. Ferrari wants to highlight how we treat/value property versus how we treat/value ourselves and show signs of change through a community based media project. After decades of neglect Chicago’s South Side is getting some attention. But of what sort, and what does it mean?

In support of the SURFACES project Ferrari is offering free Saturday video workshops in May to community residents (youth and adults) who want to learn documentary filmmaking techniques and join him in visualizing the neighborhood.

Please note: these workshops are intended for residents of Greater Grand Crossing and the surrounding neighborhoods.


May 16th: Filming Man-Made Structures
May 23rd: Filming Nature-Made Structures
May 30th: Filming People
Please contact Marco G. Ferrari at to sign up for the workshops or to learn more about getting involved.