The Illinois Parables

Dir: Deborah Stratman
Mostra: Anachronies
60' . 2016 . EUA


An experimental documentary comprised of regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism and resistance, all occurring somewhere in the state of Illinois. The state is a convenient structural ruse, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how we’re shaped by conviction and ideology.

Rating free

Screening: november 20 at 17h


Pythagoras Film
/ Production company

Deborah Stratman
/ Producer

Deborah Stratman
/ Script

Jacob Ross
/ Sound

Deborah Stratman
/ Editor

Deborah Stratman
/ Sound designer

Steve Badgett, Melinda Fries, Edgar Jorge, Jennifer Lange, Chris Salveter, Deborah Stratman
/ Music

Ravenwolf, Raven Wolf C. , Felton Jennings II, Jacques Marquette, José Oubrerie, Alexis de Tocqueville, Daniel Verdier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Gatten
/ Cast

Festivals and Awards

  • Prêmio Stan Brakhage / Stan Brakhage Award – Festival de Ann Arbor 2016
  • Menção Especial / Special Mention – l'Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independente de Barcelona 2016

Deborah Stratman

She is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Mercer Union, Witte de With, the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame, Rotterdam and Berlinale. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.