Something I made for WBEZ in 2013.
In 2012 director John McNaughton shot a conversation in the last weeks of Dmitry Samarov’s cabbie career.
Filmed by University of Chicago Press publicist Liz Fischer in 2011.
Chicago’s Watershed: A 156-Mile Choreography
Wendy Clinard, choreography
EStrella Piano Duo, piano
Wendy Clinard, Andrea Petersen, Marisela Tapia, dancers
Dmitry Samarov, art work
Renato Velarde, video and audio producer
With Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as the starting point, our bold new work pairs Wendy Clinard’s original Flamenco-based choreography with exciting EStrella Piano Duo’s performance and Dmitry Samarov’s video-projected ink work for an exploration of the dissonance and consonance of the Chicago River and the city it sustains.
Wendy Clinard: “My Chicago’s Watershed choreography, like Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, is constantly shifting, changing – slower, faster, layered, singular; one minute hysterical, the next calm…like the river and its’ web of intricate relationships.”
This project was premiered in June 2014 at the University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts.
A reading of Stuart Dybek’s “Vigil”. Hand-typed and illustrated by Dmitry Samarov for Chicago Independent Bookstore Day, 2015.
In 2014, filmmaker John McNaughton directed five clips for a TV show he was planning based on my books about being a cabdriver, “Hack—Stories from a Chicago Cab” (2011) and “Where to? A Hack Memoir” (2014). McNaughton was assisted by Steve Jones, John Fecile, Rick Paul, Bryan Racine, and Brooklyn Demme.
Another collage book.