We have followed Hebru's work for some time. He is a home grown Chicago talent and artist that the world now gets to experience. Through his journey, we are able to learn the history and importance of historical African American heroes that have been left out of traditional media , art and conversation.
Since this Fall, at the Elmhurst Art Museum, just outside of Chicago, Hebru creates more on the story of Fly Boy and Lil Mama. He continues to curate unique conversations on film and art through talks as walks, all through the lens of "Forced Field," his current exhibit there. Just recently, we learned "Forced Field" is now showing through January.
Here, for the Well, we ask him about refilling his creative well, how he stays inspires and the role Basquiat plays in art today.
Lil Rel's story here is so authentic and under told. We hope this platform gives you greater intel into his journey.
Our most recent feature story highlights one of our favorite people and actors, Erica Ash of Survivor's Remorse, on creativity and motivation. Erica Ash is an amazing dreamer, and for the WELL, she articulates how dreams plays out in her life as an actor.
Costumer Designer, Ruth Carter, conquers our favorite quote in this clip: I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.
LaRoyce has a unique perspective. He plays a cop in a city where truths and fictions walk a gray line. He calls Chicago home and has to resolve the intense and familiar scripts to avoid story lines manifesting in his own reality. A scary existence for the best actors, when they own their characters so well, that reentering their own reality becomes a part of the creative process.
Brian Babylon, comic and writer, discusses his process. Where does material go that doesn't always land in his set immediately. And how other jokes eventually could get shelved. No process is exactly alike. Here we capture Brian Babylon at his hotel while in Chicago on his process.
Nick has gone around the globe filming social, cultural, entertainment and political content. Capturing content of places most will only touch through his work. Nick describes for the Well, what it is like to capture so much footage and the emotions behind the anxiety that comes with an abundance of content and footage. He tells us how he breaks out of his own paradigm to edit and create a beautiful ending.
Chevonne has dual role as publicist and writer, so her experience on integrity, straddles multiple disciplines. Here she describes for the Well, alongside her creative husband, Raphael, what integrity means to her as a writer.
LaRoyce Hawkins of Chicago PD discusses power and what he understands its meaning to be for the Well. In an industry that thrives on power, he tells us abstractly, how to achieve it.