200+ People Attend 9/11 Chicago Screening of GNN's Aftermath
by Mitchell Szczepanczyk

On September 11, 2003, more than 200 people attended a Chicago screening of the Guerrilla News Network's documentary "Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11", followed by a public discussion of issues raised by the film. The screening, held at the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple in downtown Chicago, was organized by Chicago Media Action (CMA) and hosted by Chicago radio host Cliff Kelley. [Disclosure: The author of this article was one of the organizers of the event.]

The event began with a brief speech by Mitchell Szczepanczyk, the president of CMA, who spoke about CMA and its activities. Then Scott Sanders, the secretary of CMA, spoke briefly about the Guerrilla News Network and the films in the program. CMA, as a Guerrilla Affiliate, followed the recommended program of two mini-documentaries, "The War Conspiracy" and "S-11 Redux", followed by the main feature, "Aftermath."

Then CMA board member Karen Bond introduced the event's host--Cliff Kelley, radio star of WVON's morning drive-time show and V103 Sunday mornings. Kelley discussed a number of issues raised by the film, and addressed a number of public comments when audience members availed themselves of a public microphone for addressing their own comments and questions.

The screening was one of more than sixteen similar screenings in cities across North America, including New York NY, Oakland CA, Fairbanks AL, Kalamazoo MI, Athens GA, Toronto ON, and Vancouver BC.

Chicago Media Action was honored by the Guerrilla News Network as one of its Guerrillas of the Week for September 15, 2003.

CAN-TV, Chicago's public access network, was on hand to record the event. A screening time has been announced: Sunday, September 28, 2003, at 12pm on CAN-TV Channel 21.