Alum Brian Schodorf's New Documentary to Air on WTTW

Columbia alum Brian Schodorf, who earned his BA in Television/Broadcast Journalism in 2006 and his Masters in Media Management in 2008, is to have Chicago at the Crossroad, which he wrote and directed, aired on WTTW.

Chicago at the Crossroad is a feature documentary that was filmed over the course of fifteen years. It closely examines the systems, laws, and policies that have created and entrenched systemic racism in Chicago. It takes an unflinching look at the violence and policy failures that have characterized the last decade and a half of Chicago's history. 

The film has been featured by the Chicago International Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival in Miami. The film has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards including:

  • Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs - Cultural
  • Outstanding Achievement for Programming Promos (Non-News) Single Spot/Campaign
  • Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Audio
  • Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Directing
  • Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off- Air Editing Program
  • Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Photography -Program
  • Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Writing – Program

In a discussion with Reel Chicago, Emmy-winning filmmaker Schodorft said of the film: "'We made this film to tell the story of a past that created the present... With an overwhelming number of headlines about gun related deaths, we wanted to know why?… and we wanted to offer solutions.'"

The film will be showed on WTTW at the following times:

  • November 12th 8 PM WTTW                       
  • November 13th 6 AM WTTW Prime                       
  • November 15th 5 PM WTTW

To view the trailer for this film, please click here.


Rhiannon Koehler
Communications Manager