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The Guardian of the Blackstone. Shot at Blackstone Bikes and 57th Street Beach starring bike shop kids, now all very grown. Capes kids and bikes just seemed like a no-brainer. But what was really special was the way the kids directed the camera operators✨ to make their own film. This is not that film- which involves saving the world from climate change- but rather a melancholy rumination on youth and friendship play and jeopardy. Hope you like. ✨🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏿🏃🏿‍♂️🐟🦜🌱🐚🌟🎣🚴🏿‍♂️🚵🏾‍♂️🚴🏾‍♀️🚵🏿🚲🌆🏙🏊🏾‍♀️🏊🏾‍♂️🤎💚🤎💚💕 - Cauleen Smith's Instagram, 1 May
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE GUARDIAN OF THE BLACKSTONE

Three videos form a trilogy of short stories—novellas of an African-American woman’s Sun Ra-inspired encounter with the cityscape of Chicago.

The first, Sonata for the Guardian of the Blackstone, portrays the impressionistic adventures of a group of masked and caped children riding their bikes along the Lake Michigan waterfront. One looping segment features an African-American girl spinning along a low wall by a pathway, her head connecting the dots of lamps poised atop lamp posts.