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If You Build It with filmmakers in person!
Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Hey film fans,

This Friday, the new documentary If You Build It opens at the Music Box, and as a special opening weekend event, Director Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O’Malley (Both Chicago natives) are scheduled to appear for Q&As at select screenings.

If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to reinvent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.

PATRICK CREADON was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. He began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90s. In 2006, his directorial debut, Wordplay was the breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, I.O.U.S.A., also premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Patrick has served on several film festival juries including Sudance Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival.

CHRISTINE O’MALLEY has been working on documentaries for film and television as a writer and producer for over 10 years. In 2004 Christine served as Associate Producer on the Academy Award nominated documentary film Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. Wordplay, the first feature length film she has produced and co-wrote through her production company O’Malley Creadon Productions, was nominated for both a Critics’ Choice Award and a National Board of Review Award for “Best Documentary of 2006.” I.O.U.S.A. had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in the American Documentary Competition. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it “the most unexpectedly frightening film at Sundance.” In 2010 O’Malley served as a producer on The Big Uneasy, Harry Shearer’s documentary that tells the true story of why New Orleans flooded in 2005. Recently, she produced These Amazing Shadows, a documentary about the National Film Registry that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Advance tickets to the special screenings are on sale, purchase yours today.

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Monday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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If You Build It with Filmmakers Q&A

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Opening weekend event!
Director & Chicago native Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O’Malley scheduled to appear for post-screening Q&As!

Screenings will be hosted by:
Fri – Erica Wannemacher of Architecture for Humanity – Chicago
Sat – Melanie Kahl, Learning and Design Strategist at CANNON Design
Sun – Katherine Darnstadt AIA, Founder + Principal Architect of Latent Design

If You Build It

A film by Patrick Creadon


In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community.

Over the course of a year, 10 high school juniors learned the basics of design and construction culminating in the construction of a new farmers’ market for their town. Despite losing funding and dealing with natural disasters, Pilloton and Miller empowered their students and gave them hope int he face of adversity. If You Build It is a documentary, not just about idealistic outsiders trying to turn a community around, but also a story about the economic recession and the plight of rural America.


Fri, Feb 7 7:10pm

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