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Monday, May 18, 2015
Screening of Documentary Film “Maker” May 28 at Feed Arts & Cultural Center
KANKAKEE, IL – May 18, 2015 – The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, Feed Arts & Cultural Center, Kankakee Public Library and the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film "Maker" on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. The 60-minute film on the Maker Movement and its impact on the U.S. culture and economy will be shown at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler Ave. in Downtown Kankakee.
The event is open to the public, and admission is free of charge. A moderated discussion will follow the screening.
The screening is part of the schedule of events for the 2015 EnterpriseU Entrepreneurs Boot Camp & Business Plan Competition. Program sponsors also include ONU's Catalyst Innovation Center and Kankakee Community College.
Adweek magazine defines the Maker Movement as "the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans ... that taps into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology, like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise."
From the "Maker" producers:
From the producers of the internationally acclaimed "Design & Thinking," "Maker" is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current Maker Movement in America - a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies.
The "Maker Movement," sometimes called the "Third Industrial Revolution," subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, "Maker" delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.
The film includes extensive interviews of key figures behind headline-making projects, daily practitioners, and observers of the movement, in our effort to piece together what this ecosystem looks like, and present insights on how it can impact society, culture and the economy in the United States and the world.
For more information on this film and event, visit or phone 815.935.1177.
The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County is a public-private partnership that works to create jobs and expand the economic base by improving the local business climate. Working under Kankakee County's 2014-19 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the Alliance is challenged to help spur $500 million in new business investment and 500 new jobs, along with assisting 150 prospective new businesses. For more information, visit or phone 815.935.1177.