Mat Rappaport – Director & Writer
Mat Rappaport is a Chicago-based artist, filmmaker, curator, and educator known for works that utilize documentary film, mobile video, performance, and photography to explore habitation, perception, and power related to built environments. His current documentary film, touristic intents, explores Prora, Germany, a 3 mile long Nazi-designed resort in Prora, Germany. The building, designed to house 20,000 workers, took cues from American industrial titan Henry Ford, and is currently being redeveloped as a contemporary vacation destination. How do we reconcile this monumental architecture’s history against modern commercial forces?
Rappaport’s work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals, and public spaces. Recent projects have been featured during the 500 Anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, Italy, the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the 2017 and 2018 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and performances with the Range Mobile Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Block Museum at Northwestern University.
Rappaport’s photographic work is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and in and at the Newberry Library Protest Art Collection. He has received fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame and is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College in Chicago.
Ted Hardin – Producer / DP
After receiving his M.A. from Florida State University in German Film Studies and an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University in Film and Video, Ted Hardin worked with a variety of artists at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada as director of photography, director, editor, lighting director, and assistant director.
Ted has collaborated with the alternative media collective Paper Tiger Television in New York, and researched and shot the documentary, Dark Near-Death Experiences for German Television. His own experimental narratives and movement-based films have shown at festivals and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe. Ted is a Film and Video Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Andrew Henke – Editor
Andrew is a post-production focused, visual media creative whose work spans documentary & commercial practices. A graduate of the Cinema & Television Arts Department at Columbia College, Chicago, he cofounded Honey Jam, a musically driven, media collective. His work with Honey Jam has led to experience in a variety of roles inside the realms of creative & management highlighting Andrew’s passion for making process-centric content that aims to hybridize the discipline of documentary with contemporary formats & pacing of the social media age.
Written and Directed by Mat Rappaport
Producer Ted Hardin
Associate Producer Mat Rappaport
Assistant Producer Annette Kätsch
Editor Andrew Henke
Additional Editing Mat Rappaport
Camera Ted Hardin
Camera Mat Rappaport
Camera Daniel Goede
Audio Shana Stein
Audio Elizabeth Coffman
Audio Regan Young
Production Assistant Marleen Hundt
Production Assistant Anastasia Mikolyuk
Research Marleen Hundt
FUNDING in part by
The Howard Foundation
Columbia College Development Grant