Five College Consortium

"Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story" Screening

Thu, Apr 20 2017 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Frost Library (second floor)

"Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story” (2016)

Director: Chris Boebel; Producer and Anthropologist: Christine Walley.

When the steel mills began closing on Chicago's Southeast Side, residents could feel the American Dream slipping away. Decades later, the loss of the steel industry has left permanent scars. “Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story” tracks the stories of multiple generations of producer Christine Walley's family, as they build lives in this industrial community, deal with the fallout caused by the mills’ collapse, and face the environmental devastation that remains. Interweaving home movies, found footage, and a first person narrative, the film offers an intimate look at the experience of one white working class family with growing inequality in the United States. 

Christine Walley is a Professor of Anthropology at MIT. She is the author of Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and producer and anthropologist for Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story (2016). The transmedia Exit Zero Project ( also includes a documentary website being collaboratively created with the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum. Walley is also the author of Rough Waters: Nature and Development in an East African Marine Park (Princeton University Press, 2004).

Chris Boebel is a filmmaker based at MIT, where he is Media Development Director at the MIT Office of Digital Learning and teaches documentary filmmaking. He is the writer/director of many short films and videos and three feature films, including Exit Zero. His work has screened at more than 50 film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and has received many awards including a New England Emmy.

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