Destroy Your Art Returns – Chicago Reader

His name is provocative, his conceit simple. Filmmakers invited to participate in Destroy Your Art only need to meet a few requirements.

“The only indication we give filmmakers beyond, ‘Hey, do you want to make an original film and destroy it?’ it’s got to be five minutes or less,” says Rebecca Fons, who co-founded the event in 2017 with her husband, Jack C. Newell.

A filmmaker’s goal is usually to make a film and then permeate it endlessly; Today audiences expect to watch on demand, the idea that something might not be available to them is almost unfathomable. And if these presumptions were left aside?

“There are two things we’re interested in: one is, what would this do to the filmmaker?” says Newell, himself a filmmaker and director of programs at the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School. (Fons is the director of programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center.) “How would you make a film if you knew it was only going to be shown once to this specific group of people, and then you destroyed it?”

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