Hot off the Press: Books’ Video Release Party October 8

Who: Chicago Books to Women in Prison

What: Release part for a new documentary produced by award winning filmmaker Madsen Minax. Free. Refreshments provided.

When: October 8, 2010 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in the heart of Rogers Park (6932 N Glenwood Avenue)

After nearly ten years in action, Chicago Books to Women in Prison (CBWP) is putting itself on film.  Join CBWP for the release party of a new documentary by Chicago-based filmmaker and musician Madsen Minax.  “Chicago Books to Women in Prison: An Organization Video” shows how bibliophiles, more commonly known as “bookworms,” can combine their love of books with a radical opposition to prison system.

Designed to inspire viewers to learn more about issues of prisons and literacy, “Chicago Books to Women in Prison: An Organization Video” documents the history and importance of the CBWP project, and offers personal stories about reading and learning in prison.

Madsen Minax is the award-winning director and producer of the rock documentary “Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance.”  He has a BFA in film and sound from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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