Third Coast Filmless Festival


Come out for a celebration of stories, sound, and the art of listening. The all-day event presents a variety of storytelling, audio documentaries, and sound in the form of unique audio screenings from some of the most innovative and celebrated radio producers.  Q&As with the producers follow each presentation. The Third Coast Filmless Festival is part of the 2010 season of Chicago Public Radio presents, and is a project of the Third Coast International Audio Festival in partnership with the MCA.

Festival pass $30, MCA Members and students $24 (subject to availability); Evening screening only: $15, $12 MCA Members and students; Individual block screening: $8, $6 MCA Members and students


“Chorus of Refuge” installation at Third Coast Filmless Fest Photo: Jesse Shapins
“Chorus of Refuge” installation at Third Coast Filmless Fest Photo: Jesse Shapins
Jad Abumrad Photo: Jesse Shapins

Festival Schedule

Visit  Third Coast International Audio Festival for complete screening details.

Block 1:

Intimate Strangers 11:30 am–1 pm, MCA Theater
Stories of closeness - or the illusion of closeness - between people who barely know each other. Producer Jamie Yuenger is on-hand for a Q&A following the screening.

Rhyme and Reason 12–1:30 pm, Kanter Meeting Center
Stories that draw strength from the elegance (and clumsiness) of words; the music (and dissonance) of voice; and the rhythms (and ruptures) of life. Producer Lu Olkowski is on-hand for a Q&A following the screening.

Block 2:

Against the Tide 1:30–3 pm, MCA Theater
Tales of cultural curiosities, unconventional conduct, and a few proud exceptions to the rules. Producer Roman Mars is on-hand for a Q&A following the screening.

And the Envelope Please . . . 2–3:30 pm, Kanter Meeting Center
Spend an unforgettable hour with the past winners of the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Producer Joe Richman is on-hand for a Q & A following the screening.

Block 3:

Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair: A Work In Progress 3:30–5:30 pm, MCA Theater
In 1951, a black man named Willie McGee was convicted of raping a white woman and sentenced to death. McGee was executed in Mississippi's traveling electric chair—the only one of its kind in the country. A local radio station broadcast a play-by-play of the execution. Today that obscure recording survives as an eerie artifact of a lost chapter of civil rights history.

Working Title  4–5:30 pm, Kanter Meeting Center
Labor struggles, labors of love, labors of life . . . and robots in the workplace. Producer Dan Collison is on-hand for a Q&A following the screening.

Evening Event:

Words on Sound: Celebrating Reality Radio 8–9:45 pm, MCA Theater This evening event celebrates the launch of Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, a first-of-its-kind collection of essays written by some of the most accomplished radio producers working today. Re:sound's Gwen Macsai joins Reality Radio  contributors Ira Glass (This American Life), Joe Richman (Radio Diaries) and the Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, Lost & Found Sound) for a unique discussion.

* A book signing takes place immediately following the performance.