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O’er the Land | A Film By Deborah Stratman

O'er the Land (2008) by Deborah Stratman film still

Deborah Stratman, USA, 2008, 16mm, 52 min, color, sound

On April 15th, 2009, experimental filmmaker Deborah Stratman will visit Columbia College of Chicago to screen and discuss her latest work, O’er the Land — an acclaimed, experimental documentary which recently premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Internationally premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival — also, it should also be noted that O’er won best film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival a few weeks ago.  And the success continues.

The event is presented by the Columbia student organization Viva Documentary,  and admission is open to anyone with a strong interest in documentary filmmaking — be it a student from Columbia, the Art Institute, DePaul, UOC students — cinephiles of all shapes and sizes are welcome.  Seating is limited and is a first-come-first-seated system.

Admission is free and will be hosted in room 504 of Columbia’s 1104 S. Wabash Ave film building.  View the flyer

※ 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, ※ RM 504 ※ 5:15pm ※ Free


Deborah Stratman’s 2008 documentary considers the effect of technology on American history and the idea of freedom. The film is framed by the experiences of Colonel William Rankin, who was forced to eject from his fighter jet in 1959 only to be trapped in the whirling winds of a massive thunderstorm. 52 min. — Chicago Reader

Hope to see you there.  Bring your dearest friends (no enemies) and be sure to have your avant-garde-doc brain inserted and ready.  Also playing is Chris Marker’s Three Cheers for the Whale.


Read the IFC Review of O’er the Land

Viva Documentary

Phythagoras Film

Deborah’s interview with the Cinemad Blog

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