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Mary Velan

DePaul Graduate student, Master's of Journalism program

The Chicago History Museum has some pretty interesting films lined up this spring. The conveniently located museum can be found at the intersection of Clark and North, and is packed with enough Chicago history to satisfy the historic neighborhood of Old Town.

The museum's Project Sunday screens a different film one Sunday every month. To view a screening you must make a reservation with the musuem. The next three films have been chosen and they are Lioness; Rumrunners, Moonshiners, and Bootleggers; and Dirt! The Movie.

Lioness, follows the story of 5 female army support soldiers who end up fighting alongside Marines in bloody counterinsurgency battles in the Iraq war. This film was the winner of the Full Frame CDS Filmaker Award, Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Official Selection of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in 2008.

This documentary helped Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) pass the Women Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act under the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act on November 19th, 2009. This legislation will work to improve care for women veterans at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and helped create awareness of the evolving role of servicewomen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"The brave women depicted in this film have helped lawmakers understand the sacrifices women face as soldiers and veterans," said Senator Patty Murray.

Lioness will be shown at the museum on Sunday, March 7th at 1:30pm

Rumrunners, Moonshiners, and Bootleggers is in collaboration with the History channel and revisits classic stories, fascinating photos, and lost footage capturing the historical prohibition era in our country. This piece will most likely tell tales that have never been heard before- adding extra intrigue to an already exciting time in history. There have been many movies romanticizing this time period, and this documentary willl show you the true stories these movies are based on.

Rumrunners, Moonshiners, and Bootleggers will be shown at the museum on Sunday, April 18th at 1:30pm.

Dirt! The Movie takes you on an adventure into the ground. It illustrates the magnificence of the most bountiful, valuable, and most underappreciated natural resource- soil. It highlights how the soil came to be, and how it is slowly being destroyed.

The film is narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, and explains how the soil is a living piece of the earth. The film is not only teaching its audience about the soil, but encouraging the viewers to become active in environmental issues. The filmmakers feel that the damage that has been done can be healed.

Dirt! The Movie will be shown at the museum on Sunday, May 2nd at 1:30pm.

So if you want to learn more about the issues involving female soldiers, take a trip into yesteryear when you couldn't drink, or learn more about the dirt we use and abuse- then come on down to the Chicago History Museum and partake in a Project Sunday filming.

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