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director / camera / editor - 2016

"Native American high school students born and raised on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation are the focus of this complex and hopeful portrait by Chicago filmmaker McClellan. These young heirs to Lakota warriors fight personal battles in the face of poverty, alcoholism, the historical wrongs visited upon their people, and their school’s ominous epidemic of teen suicide. An intense love for the windswept vistas of the Badlands, underlined by the film’s evocative cinematography, supports their expressed newfound passion for preservation of their ancient language and heritage." - Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center

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"stunningly beautiful" - TimeOut Chicago

 

creative writing

director / writer / editor / camera / actor - 2014

Creative Writing is a shocking, sad and funny fictional feature film about how the dreams and delusion of a community college creative writing class swirl into conflict.

Premiere and Best Feature Nominee at the Independent Filmmaker's Showcase, Los Angeles, summer 2014. Winner of the Karen Black Award for Independent Film from the Iowa Independent Film Festival. Screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

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director / editor / camera - 2009

In the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday each year, most Americans recall or learn about Dr. King's leadership in confronting southern racism in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. Far less discussed is his prophetic leadership in 1966 confronting northern racism and poverty as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement.

This film emphasizes King's understanding of the link between the goals of the Civil Rights Movement and the social injustice of poverty. Candid interviews with Jesse Jackson, James Bevel, Michael Pfleger, and others, period photos and stirring traditional music by Rutha Harris shine a light on their struggle for justice.

This provides invaluable context to the national conversation about the corrosive effects of pervasive racism and persistent poverty in the U.S. today.

The voices of our interview subjects’ sound cries of alarm and hope as they reflect on the legacy of the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Premiered on PBS in Chicago (wttw11) and screened for the City of Chicago, Human Rights Commission, in February of 2009. A feature length documentary that screened at 14 film festival across the US and Canada and was shown in many universities.

Broadcast on cable's The Education Channel annually on MLK Day.

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other films

CHICAGO HEIGHTS

(co-producer, 2010) A feature adaptation of the landmark American novel Winesburg, Ohio. Roger Ebert's top-ten Best Art Film of 2010.

GOALIE

(producer, 2011) A short adaptation of an often-anthologized Canadian short story. Vancouver International Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner.

BEVEL'S LAST SERMON

(director/producer/editor, 2010) A deathbed interview with the controversial architect of the Souther Civil Rights Movement. Gene Siskel Film Center, BIC-Berlin.

SIFUNA OKWETHU

(story editor, 2014) Short documentary about a South African family's fight to regain their land stolen under apartheid.

 

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