Chicago Filmmakers
on the Chicago River

Andrew Davis

Roger Ebert

John Landis

Michael Mann


CHICAGO FILMMAKERS ON THE CHICAGO RIVER is a documentary feature that reveals the creative processes of Chicago moviemakers. Using the city’s famous river as a location, filmmaker D. P. Carlson places the directors in a variety of boats and interviews them as they explore the river and share stories of how Chicago has influenced their careers.

Andrew Davis, Michael Mann, Harold Ramis, John Landis, John McNaughton, Steven A. Jones, Stuart Gordon and Haskell Wexler are among the Hollywood directors who are interviewed. The Windy City's best independent filmmakers are also featured-Tom Palazzolo, Loretta Smith, Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn, Louis Antonelli, Katy Maguire, Ross Marks, Jim Sikora, Michael Dawson, Ayanna U'Dongo, Zeinabu Davis, Chris Ligon and Heather McAdams. Along the riverbank, local film critics Ray Pride, Dann Gire, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are interviewed as well as Chicago Film Office Director Rich Moskal and the Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago.

Camerawork by Greg Gricus and Ron Forsythe, edited with Mike Weber, Original music by Tom Krol.

Reviews of The DVD!

"Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River is much like the river itself: unexpectedly beautiful, winding and completely unpredictable... a poetic little piece of punk documentary."

"A metaphor for the creative lifeblood of the city." - VARIETY

"A true leap of imagination... Some of the best ever examples of Pulfrich 3-D... This DVD offers some true gems of stereodipity."

"A landmark documentary." - FILMMONTHLY.COM

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Excerpt from "Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River"
featuring Michael Mann.

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22 Director Interviews
60 Minutes of Bonus Footage
Director Commentary
Filmmaker Biographies
Photo Gallery
Art Gallery
3D Photo Gallery
Chicago River Map
1 Pair of 3D Glasses

80 Minutes
Not Rated