Adrian Rucker

Deputy Arts Editor


"Minari" Firmly Plants Itself Into the American Cinemascape

"Minari" tells a compelling, heartwrenching story of the American dream and finding Korean roots in the “land of opportunity.”


February 23, 2021


1:49 p.m.

Chicago International Film Festival Part 1: The 56th CIFF Goes Virtual

In the first of our Chicago International Film Festival miniseries, Associate Editor Adrian Rucker previews three films, including a documentary about the alliance between Zionists and American evangelicals and a coming-of-age road trip.


November 1, 2020

“Boys State”: If William Golding Had Cameras

Shot on location with a fleet of camera crews following the participants through the chaos of overachieving high school boys, "Boys State" is a prime example of cinema verité.


September 28, 2020

Prisons Are Obsolete

Angela Davis’s seminal work on prison abolition remains just as poignant in our present political moment as it was when it first came out in 2003.


July 8, 2020

"Wages of Work" Goes Beyond Depiction

Next up in a series of reviews of this quarter’s We Tell project, a look at “Wages of Work," a collection of films focusing on labor issues.


February 25, 2020

Director Bernardo Ruiz Talks Autonomy, in the Classroom and on Camera

As part of the Cinema 53 film and discussion series, Harper Theater screened Bernardo Ruiz's documentary "The Graduates/Los Graduados."


January 29, 2020

We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media – States of Violence

"We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media" uses community video projects as a platform for political activism in regards to social inequality.


January 21, 2020

Indigenous Futurisms in VR at MADD Center

The newly opened MADD Center recently held a two-day exhibition of speculative virtual reality works rooted in imagined futures of indigeneity.


November 18, 2019

From Svalbard to Lebanon

Jumana Manna’s "Wild Relatives" follows the world’s first withdrawal from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Lebanon, and comes across the endurance of human relationships amid turmoil.


November 18, 2019

Smart Talk: “The Problem with Police”

In collaboration with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Smart Museum hosted a discussion surrounding issues of police violence.


November 6, 2019