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Small Town Chicago

Pilsen Ep 1: Bienvenidos a Pilsen

Fall 2020 – A port of entry for thousands of immigrants, the neighborhood of Pilsen has evolved into a colorful and vibrant community where arts and culture flourish, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes in collaboration with Small Town Chicago

Pilsen Ep 2: Viva la Lucha del Pueblo

Fall 2020 – That vibrant, artistic culture has turned Pilsen into a hot spot for gentrification, resulting in mass displacement for the neighborhood’s residents. We take a deeper look at how the community is fighting for solutions.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes in collaboration with Small Town Chicago

Roseland

February 2020 – A small neighborhood school, Harlan Community Academy has the effects of the city’s declining population. Still, the school perseveres to prepare their students for the future in an intimate class setting.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes in collaboration with Small Town Chicago

Northlawndale

November 2019 – An organization within the Northlawndale Community Church, Hope House gives ex-convicts a second chance to re-enter society through faith, service, and community.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes in collaboration with Small Town Chicago

Independent Work

Zorinsky

July 2020 – A quaint neighborhood lake on the westside of Omaha, Nebraska, Zorinsky lake plays a special role in the community. From fostering childhood memories, to fishing and exercise, the nature escape touches the hearts and minds of everyone who ventures it.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes

The Groundskeeper

July 2020 – A more narrative piece. This short film portrays the mundane and quirky struggles of maintaining a man-made golfing range during a global pandemic.

Shot and edited by Gabriel Paredes

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