“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” A film by Nancy Bechtol Indie Feature Documentary film (99 min) ©2014 https://youtu.be/2ncu2AjO5ok
Music courtesy of Hey Now Records. Behind the Sun. Andy Alton and David Mansfieldhttp://heynowrecords.com/store/paperairplane
Where: D E F I B R I L L A T O R
When: SAT 15 AUG | 2015 | 7PM http://dfbrl8r.org/about $10 requested donation
Contact: joseph ravens | director 773.609.1137
|Street artist and defender of the First Amendment, Chris Drew, gave his life and dedicated his energies to overturning Chicago Peddler’s License restrictions but instead, ended up facing a Class One Felony Eavesdropping charge for audio recording his own arrest. This journey started in 2008 at his arrest on State Street in front of Macy’s for selling art patches for $1. If convicted he would have faced four to fifteen years in prison. But he won this case and overturned the Illinois Eavesdropping Law with pro-bono attorneys Weinberg and Kutnick. (Kutnick won the battle VS State’s Attorney Alvarez) It lead to the overturn of the Illinois Eavesdropping Law in 2014, but the Law was again reinstated in Dec.2014. As Chris would say,”the fight is never over.”
THIS true story took place and filmed in Chicago, without any permits.
Nancy Bechtol is a photojournalist and Associate Bureau Chief of the Chicago American Press Association (APA). Her photography and video documentation of social, political, art, cultural events, and street scenes include Occupy Chicago, NATO, Chuy Campaign, Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge, and the Documentation/feature film of Chris Drew from 2009-2012 during his challenge, arrest and legal struggle as a street artist. more info Visit :