Destroy Your Art Return – Chicago Reader

Its name is evocative, its conceit is simple. Filmmakers invited to participate in Destroy Your Art must meet only a few requirements.

“The only prompt we give to filmmakers is, ‘Hey, do you want to make an original film and destroy it?’ Should it be five minutes or less,” says Rebecca Fons, who in 2017 married her husband, Jack C. Co-founded the program with Newell.

A filmmaker’s goal is usually to make a movie and then pass it endlessly; Viewers these days expect to watch on demand, the idea that something may not be available to them almost unfathomable. What if those assumptions were discarded?

“We’re interested in two things: One, what does it do to the filmmaker?” Newell himself is a filmmaker and program director at the Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School. (Fons is director of programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center.) “How do you make a film if you know it’s only going to be shown once to this specific group of people and then you’re going to destroy it?”

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