Date: Weds, Oct. 14th at 6pm
Location: Tribeca Flashpoint College (28 N. Clark St, Chicago)
Open to IFP members + TFC students and staff
Hosted by: John Otterbacher
“The Summer Help” tells the story about international college students – many from Eastern Europe- who descend upon America’s summer resorts to clean hotels rooms, wash dishes and do the jobs most Americans avoid. Who are they and why are they here? What will they find? Is America what they thought it would be? At their universities back home, they are future politicians, journalists and bankers, but in America they are just “the help."
Melody Gilbert is an independent documentary filmmaker and educator who tells character-driven stories through her production company Frozen Feet Films. She began this film in 2012, while teaching filmmaking and journalism at the American University in Bulgaria, and is now living in Chicago during a one-year leave of absence from her post.