1. The Kenwood Academy jazz band, a Chicago Public High School congregation, got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2014. This highly acclaimed high school orchestra had a suite written specifically for them by Jason Moran, the renowned jazz composer and pianist who is also a MacArthur "genius grant" winner and the Kennedy Center's artistic director for jazz. Despite contending with the violence surrounding them on Chicago's crime-riddled South Side, the students succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, performing this suite at its world premiere at Chicago's Symphony Center at Orchestra Hall, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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  2. A 2006 documentary on the history of American football in Chicago, from high school to colleges to the pros. Written and produced by John Owens; narrated by Rick Kogan.

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  3. A look at the current state of three of Chicago's most beautiful, shuttered movie palaces: the Central Park Theatre, New Regal Theatre and Uptown Theatre. Read the story at chicagotribune.com/palaces.

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  4. This 2008 documentary, written, produced and directed by John Owens for the Chicago Baseball Museum, looks at legendary Negro league player/manager Buck O'Neil and the legacy of African-American baseball players in Chicago.

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  5. This 2005 documentary from John Owens looks at the influence African-American clergy has had on Chicago politics through the years.

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Documentaries by John Owens (30 minutes to 120 minutes)

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Documentaries written, produced and directed by John Owens.

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