The following is the opening stanza to poet Li-Young Lee’s The City In Which I Love You:
And when, in the city in which I love you,
Even my most excellent song goes unanswered,
And I mount the scabbed streets,
The long shouts of avenues,
And tunnel sunken night in search of you...
The poem is the inspiration for an experimental film project called The City in Which: A Chicago Cine-Poem. Project co-creators Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster asked 11 Chicago filmmakers to create short works by combining this ode to Chicago with their own recollections of the city.
The project screens this Friday and Saturday at The Nightingale Theatre in Chicago. Nightingale director and project co-creator Christy LeMaster joined Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy to talk about the project. LeMaster is a regular film critic for Eight Forty-Eight. Kate Raney is one of the filmmakers from the project and she also talked to Cuddy. Raney teaches film in Chicago, and her work has appeared at festivals around the country.