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Rights Lab premiere: Can the government spy on my phone?

January 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Scrappers Film Group, in collaboration with, is excited to present the premiere episode of Rights Lab, a cross-genre web series exploring the most pressing civil liberties questions of our day.

The first episode, premiering January 16th at High Concept Laboratories, uses cinema verite techniques and motion graphics to illuminate the legal and social dynamics behind Stingray surveillance devices. We bring you from protests in the street of Chicago through to a need-to-know explainer of telephone surveillance.

Along with a screening of the Stingray episode of Rights Lab, the event will have a panel discussion including civil liberties lawyer Jerry Boyle, FOIA activist Freddy Martinez and BYP100 member Todd St. Hill; and improvised music by Radio Trio appropriating police technology to ulterior ends.

Rights lab is funded in part by Chicago Filmmakers and The Voqal Fund’s Chicago Digital Media Production Fund.

About Scrappers Film Group
Scrappers Film Group takes their name from their documentary Scrappers, which chronicles the story of two men and their families who collect scrap in Chicago’s alleyways and was named one of Roger Ebert’s best documentaries of 2010. Their work has included Central Standard: On Education, a web series about disparities in public education for PBS Digital Studios and Popcorn Politics, a series about the hidden ideologies of Hollywood blockbusters for the A.V. Club.

Truthout is an online newsmagazine which works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. Truthout’s investigative reporting has touched on issues including the environment, Guantanamo Bay, immigration and transgender rights.

About High Concept Labs
High Concept Labs (HCL) is a Chicago-born not-for-profit arts service organization and cultural platform dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. Partnering with artists at every step of the creative process, HCL offers high-quality custom support services through its Sponsored Artist and Institutional Incubation Programs. HCL also curates and hosts Cultural Conversations, hosts artist showcases, presents special community events, and facilitates educational arts partnerships. With a vibrant cycle of programs, and process-support, High Concept Labs grows community alongside culture and fosters new audiences for the arts.

About the Radio Trio
Radio Trio (Alex Inglizian, Will Faber, and Ben LaMar Gay) plays with transmission, reception, and interference across the AM/FM/SW dials, scraping speech, advertisement, and song: deconstructed pop hits, pitch-shifted banda, looped opera, and the noise between stations are all on the dial and tuned into synths, cornet, voice, and fretless guitar. All active members of Chicago’s music community, Ben Lamar Gay is also a member of the AACM and composed the original score for Rights Lab; Will Faber is a doctoral candidate in Music at the University of Chicago, and Alex Inglizian is chief engineer at Experimental Sound Studio.

The space is wheelchair accessible.


January 16, 2016
6:30 pm


Scrappers Film Group


High Concept Laboratories
2233 S Throop St
Chicago, IL 60608 United States

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