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Jens Jensen: The Living Green Part of the Science on the Screen
THE FILM SERIES AT GORTON presents Science on the Screen® on April 20th at 11am and 7pm:
‘Jens Jensen: The Living Green‘ follows the career of Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860-1951) from street sweeper, to ‘dean of landscape architecture’, to pioneering conservationist. Jensen battles corruption and unbridled industrial expansion to make the modern city livable by bringing ‘the living green’ into the wretched lives of Chicago’s workers. Striking cinematography and an evocative soundtrack illuminate colorful witness from Prairie School architect Alfred Caldwell and an intensely reflective interview with Jensen.
Today, residents of underserved communities still suffer the effects of ‘park deserts’ and ‘food deserts’ – but the healing power of nature is recognized. Jensen leveraged his relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Ford and Julius Rosenwald to stop the steel mills from industrializing the entire shoreline and preserve native Midwestern landscapes.
Director Carey Lundin will be in attendance at both screenings to lead an expert panel discussion with Stephen Christy, Art Miller and Cliff Miller.
Directed by Carey Lundin
Starring Alfred Caldwell, Jens Jensen, and Jensen Wheeler Wolfe
Doors open at 10:30am and 6:30pm
Drinks & concessions available for purchase
This screening is co-presented with Lake Forest Open Lands Association.
Science on the Screen is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.
Carey Lundin is an award-winning writer/director of documentaries, comedic web series and political campaign spots in Hollywood, but spent most of her life in Chicago and Wisconsin.
“Jens Jensen The Living Green” aired on PBS stations nationwide, and spawned the production of a companion short, “Jardincito,” as well as numerous speaking engagements on the power of nature to help you find your voice, grow as an artist and become a powerful activist, like Jensen. In 2008 Lundin made up a character and comedic web series to parody reporters and the presidential campaign trail with her series Citizen Kate, The Outsiders’ View of Inside Politics, which followed Barack Obama’s 2008 launch to his inauguration. With hundreds of thousands of followers the series hit a high water mark when her butter bust of Obama made the international news and helped him secure the vote in the crucial caucus.
She developed her political savvy as Creative Director of Adelstein/Liston, a political media firm in Chicago, working with federal, state and judicial races, public health campaigns including the Gift of Hope organ donor campaign that leveraged donated songs by The Beatles, U2, Coldplay and others to Illinois’ donor registry swell to the highest in the nation. Now she is spearheading a get out the vote campaign called Flip it Blue which also leverages a popular song. Lundin’s work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The New York Times, Fox News and the Center for Humans and Nature to name a few, she has a bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Madison in History and began her career at Wisconsin Public Television in Madison. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
STEPHEN F. CHRISTY, JR.
Stephen Christy is a landscape architect who has been active in numerous open space issues over the decades. He served as the Executive Director of the Lake Forest Open Lands Association from 1984 until 2000, building a highly effective land trust and environmental organization. Since then he has run a private consulting and design firm. Stephen Christy has written extensively about the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago River, and other land preservation issues in the Chicago region. Historic landscape preservation projects have included the William Glasner house (Frank Lloyd Wright), the A.G. Becker estate (Howard Van Doren Shaw/Jens Jensen), The Clearing (Jens Jensen), Middlefork Farm, Deerpath Farm (Lake Forest Open Lands), and others. Recent “legacy” projects of a different sort include several Green Burial cemeteries in Ohio and Illinois. Stephen Christy has been active for many years in land conservation and “greening” issues in Chicago’s Ravenswood area, where he has lived since 1979.
P. Clifford Miller, with his background in art and as a naturalist, brings his singular vision and knowledge to all aspects of our work. He has been featured in many books, including The Natural Habitat Garden, by Ken Druse, Midwest Garden Design, by Susan McClure, and Inside Out by Page Dickey, as well as such publications as Architectural Digest, Horticulture, Chicago Home & Garden and Garden Design. In 2006 he worked with the Lake Forest Garden Club to help construct their award winning garden at the venerable Chelsea Flower show in London. Miller has impeccable credentials in traditional garden design, and he also is widely known for his work in the naturalistic landscape movement. His portfolio of work includes projects for Lake Forest Open Lands and the City of Lake Forest where he oversaw the restoration and installation of Forest Park on Lake Michigan. As a distinguished member of the Lake Forest Garden Club, Miller has intimate knowledge of the many historically significant gardens throughout Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and the North Shore. He has been featured in numerous books and publications, and Horticulture magazine called Miller “a pioneer of design, reshaping the American garden.”
Now retired, Art Miller was the Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections at Lake Forest College for 41 years. Miller published a book about Lake Forest College’s history called 30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago. He has served as the president of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, the Lake Forest Foundation of Historic Preservation, and the Ragdale Foundation. He has co-authored a multitude of books that focus on the architecture and history of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and is a regular contributor to the pages of Forest & Bluff. He will be attending Ragdale through one of Ragdale’s special week-long Tillett Fellowships.
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