RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series


Monday, June 22nd,  7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Moderated by Anthony Cefali, Policy and Planning
Specialist for Friends of the Chicago River
Purchase tickets here.


YAKONA by Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins (2014, HD video, 85 min) meaning “rising water” in a local Native American language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. Sepulveda and Collins follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory, and documenting the relationship between the natural world and man. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity’s higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.

Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins are Texas based filmmakers who entered the scene with Sepulveda’s directorial debut, Otis Under Sky, at SXSW 2011, which Collins co-produced. Inspired by the beauty of the San Marcos River and pure cinema films such as “The Qatsi Trilogy” and “Baraka”, they came together to create “Yakona”.

RUN OF LIFE is a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is co-curated by  Christy LeMaster, Beckie Stochetti, Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton & Jenny Miller

Filed under: documentary, experimental, Uncategorized, video