SoapBox Productions & Organizing is a cinema production and social activism entity. We join the passions of filmmaking and organizing for structural social change through creative producing, research and activist initiatives, cultural curation, and new media content.

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The Chicago Drill and Activism (shorthand: Chi DNA) feature documentary and cross-platform, multi-media project explores the creation, meaning, perspectives, and connections between drill rap and the resurgence of grassroots activism since the early 2010s through the eyes of the people involved.
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Ruby Pinto, original Chi DNA interviewee and Bourbon 'n BrownTown Podcast guest, at "Remember Rekia, Fire Dante" protest in April 2016.
The first episode in Chi DNA's micro-doc series explores perspectives around the controversial term "Chiraq". Drill rappers, activists, and everyone in between discuss their personal feelings about the nickname for Chicago that compares the violence in the city with the war in Iraq. Some hate it, some deem it appropriate, some view it as a broader diagnosis of neo-imperialism on black and brown communities, foreign and domestic. Whatever the opinion, this episode shows that "Chiraq" is not as binary a term in its meaning as the concatenated nickname implies.

Calvin’s Story: Homeless Healer

Calvin's Story has now been accepted into 7 film festivals, picking up Best Documentary at the Chicago Reel Shorts Film Festival, Best Director - Quinn Wilson (What Matters Productions) at the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington, D.C.!
This micro-documentary follows Calvin Curtiss, one of the countless homeless youths in Chicago and across the nation. The story tells how he became homeless, his daily activities and his dream of becoming a massage therapist in his own words. 
Listen to our affiliate podcast where we pair critical analyses of media, politics, culture, and everyday happenings with the tastiest bourbons and spirits. Our latest episodes cover public health disparities in Chicago and Colin Kaepernick's protest within a broader conversation about sports and politics. Next up, toxic masculinity gets an overhaul and we sit down with activists Charles Preston and Ruby Pinto to discuss the drill rap, Chicago the #NoCopAcademy campaign, intersectionality, and the role of art in the movement today.
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Shoutout to the Sarcastic Nutritionist for donating a couple coasters for recordings and general off-the-record bourbon sipping. Y'all the real MVPs! They specialize in funny food and dietitian gifts ranging from handcrafted saucy food and beverage apparel, school and work gear, prints, kitchenware, and more. Check'em out at and on Instagram @thesarcasticnutritionist. Remember, eat healthy shit.
Jamie Nesbitt Golden and Jessica Puri add personal insight and critical analysis on everyday life and our current political reality in new articles. Read'em!
Producing films and challenging systemic inequality through research and action is not cheap. Therefore, we need all the help we can get. If you like our work, please support us. Anything and everything is greatly appreciated.
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