Local Barry Gifford Doc Enters Post

Local Barry Gifford Doc Enters Post

ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD & CHICAGO, a locally made documentary about the titular Chicago-born and bred writer (WILD AT HEART, LOST HIGHWAY, CITY OF GHOSTS), has entered post-production and is eyeing a fall World Premiere, the filmmakers announced this week.

In a series of autobiographical stories spanning more than 40 years, Barry Gifford has chronicled the adventures of Roy, a boy coming of age on the gritty streets of 1950s Chicago. Directed by Rob Christopher (writer/director of PAUSE OF THE CLOCK), ROY’S WORLD interweaves Gifford's own recollections of his childhood with excerpts from the Roy stories narrated by Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, and Lili Taylor. This impressionistic portrait of a vanished time and place spotlights rare archival materials from Chicago Film Archives, the Richard J. Daley collection at UIC Chicago, and other Chicago-area institutions as well as Gifford’s personal photographs and family home movies.

The doc is being produced by Christopher and Michael Glover Smith (MERCURY IN RETROGRADE). The soundtrack is by acclaimed Chicago jazz composer and performer Jason Adasiewicz; it is his first original film score. The doc is being edited by award-winning experimental filmmaker Marianna Milhorat (SKY ROOM) and will feature black-and-white 2D animated sequences by Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation co-director Lilli Carré.

You can learn more about the film and listen to an excerpt from the soundtrack via its page on the IFP Chicago website as well as at roysworldfilm.com.

The doc is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.