Skinny Sheahan, Dan McGrath, Mike Houlihan and Bob Redford
“It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story,” Redford said.
Bob, not only heart - you gotta remember this is the Windy City; you'll find some stuff on the sleeve less solid than heart and who knows what up them sleeves. Just sayin'!
This past October through December, a film crew headed by Marc Levin made a number of trips to Leo High School. Mr. Levin explained that he was working on a continuation of a project developed for CNN through the Sundance Network and Robert Redford. The project had focused on New Jersey with series called Brick City. The intent is to capture modern American big city life and the people who have a positive impact.
Houli and legemndarty Leo Boxing Coach, Mike "Pickle" Joyce
In December they wrapped up the visits with an interview of Leo President Dan McGrath. This past April 6*, Dan and I were again invited to share the Life Leo on the Skinny and Houli Show. As is my wont, I arrived early and was greeted by the same crew from Sundance.
They were taping the Skinny and Houli as part of the project. Kismet? Mayhaps.
The Skinny and Houli Show's mission is to capture the people who do for others in this great American City; the Sundance project is all about that. Here at Leo, we do what we can do and most days so much more.
Robert Redford doing 'Chicagoland' TV seriesCatch Skinny and Houli on Saturday afternoon's at 3PM on AM 1450 Chicago's Ethnic Station. Drop by Leo High School -7901 South Sangamon, Chicago, IL (773) 224-9600 ex. 208 (ask fo Hickey).
by James Hibberd
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CNN has ordered a documentary series looking at the challenges faced by the city of Chicago.
In Chicagoland, executive producers Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn team with Brick City filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin in an eight-part series about “a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety – to meet national and local challenges.”
According to CNN’s release, Chicagoland will capture “the riveting, real-life drama of a city looking to unite at this critical moment in the city’s history. In the aftermath of a countrywide economic collapse, Chicago faces the challenges of improving its public education system, and neighborhood and youth safety. Can the city’s leaders, communities, and residents come together in ways that expand opportunities and allow aspirations to be realized?”
In a statement, Redford praised Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel: “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges. Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city. Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story.”
“Chicago is the quintessential American city and where it goes tells us a lot about where our country is going,” added series producer Levin.
Chicagoland will debut in early 2014.
Watch Chicagoland** in 2014.