Special Preview Screening of NANCY BECHTOL’S FILM, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” to benefit ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and $25.00 and there are only a limited number being sold. Purchase price will be donated to ARC Gallery, a nonprofit organization, through Eventbrite
“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist”,
(99 min) Documentary. ©2014 Nancy Bechtol. Release 2014. Chris Drew, street artist and activist, was selling art for $1 in downtown Chicago to protest the Chicago Peddlers Ordinance since 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 which carried 4-15 years in prison if found guilty. After 2.5 years in the court system prosecuted by the State’s Attorney Alvarez and. Defended by two pro bono attorneys, Weinberg and Kutnick he won, and The Illinois Eavesdropping Law was declared Unconstitutional. His case and the unjust law drew nationwide and international attention. Both traditional and social media covered the unbelievable case on First Amendment Rights Now in 2014, April, the Ill. Eavesdropping Law was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court, based heavily on Drew’s case.
.. Features Music courtesy of Hey Now Records. Behind the Sun. Andy Alton & David Mansfield. This is a true story.
Trailer on YouTube