The 39th

Amidst corruption, political scandal, and fiscal crisis, 26-year-old activist Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois’ political machine. But he chose to run against the daughter of one of the best connected pols in Chicago — and the establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight. THE 39TH follows Guzzardi as he fights to win over a changing neighborhood, block by block — and comes to terms with how far the machine will go to hang on to power.

  • Laura Fallsgraff
    Co-Producer, No Small Matter (in production); Associate Producer, Radical Grace; Associate Producer, @home
  • Adam Wisneski
  • Josh Kanipe
  • Danny Alpert
    Executive Producer
    The Calling, A Doula Story, @home, Radical Grace
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    United States
    June 3, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
    Middlebury, Vermont
    United States
    August 29, 2017
    New England Premiere
    Best Documentary Finalist
  • Netroots Nation Screening Series
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    August 10, 2017
Director Biography - Laura Fallsgraff

Laura Wilson Fallsgraff is a director, producer, and impact producer with Kindling Group. She studied international relations, but her hometown of Chicago was always calling — and she moved back in 2012 to write emails for President Obama's re-election campaign. She has worked on Kindling's films @home, Radical Grace, and is directing the short The 39th. She loves nothing more than bringing online organizing and compelling storytelling together to inspire change.

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