Emmy award winning director back in Wichita

North graduate Brian Schodorf is in Wichita screening his latest documentary, "Chicago at the Crossroad."

Tate Miller, Reporter

Wichitans will get an inside look at the housing policy and segregation facing Chicago on Wednesday.
North High Alumnus and award winning documentary producer Brian Schodorf, is premiering his latest documentary “Chicago at the Crossroad”, at the Wichita State University CAC on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Schodorf’s career started in journalism class at North. “I started doing video here at North, editing videos linearly through VHS tapes — called tape to tape,” he said.
Schodorf worked on and created the senior video for his graduating class.
Schodorf who graduated from North high in 2002, remembers it as “a great environment to learn about other people and other cultures.”
Moving from Wichita to Chicago in 2003, Schodorf noticed the homelessness population was much more prominent. It peaked his interest enough that he started researching the cause.
His first released documentary titled “Poverty in Chicago” explores the impact of the drug afflicted homelessness population on society.
Schodorf later went on to win an Emmy in 2012 for his feature documentary “The Wayman Tisdale Story.”
In his latest documentary “Chicago at the Crossroad,” Schordorf returns to the streets of Chicago to explore the housing policies and segregation implemented in Chicago today.
“The style we use is cinéma vérité which is the observation of humanity, witnessing people in their natural day to day lives without any interference, you watch the story unfold,” Schodorf said.
“This documentary was a cumulative of four years of work, but the story took place over the course of 15 years.”
Videos and documentation were gathered from local news stations, witness accounts and reports from over the last 15 years.
“I want people to be more informed on the racial segregation in America; understand that gangs and violence flourish where there is lack of opportunity and resources,” Schodorf said.
“It’s racial policy & discriminatory practices that have created the cities we live in. This story was told with care & diligence to instill trust in the communities to give us the privilege to tell their stories.”
For more information about “Chicago at the Crossroad,” visit www.ChicagoAtTheCrossroad.com.