Jonathan Stars in Upcoming CIF Film

April 10, 2015

Earlier this year, Center for Independent Futures Participant Jonathan Shuman became a star for a day as Guy Bauer Productions filmed a documentary featuring his life and the support he receives from CIF. To see the premier of Jonathan’s film, join us for Spark on April 24--buy your ticket here!

Thank you to Guy Bauer Productions for their incredible work and to Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Jonathan’s employer, for welcoming the film crew at their offices in Chicago. Read on below to hear about the experience of filming from Jonathan’s blog.

This is Jonathan Shuman presenting his journal for Friday January 30, 2015.

Today, I was the star of a new documentary that was filmed based on what I do during the day on my normal routine and what I do at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. I woke up this morning at 6:39 am and I took a shower before the film crew and Megan Baer came to my apartment. Then, at around 7:10 am, Megan Baer and the film crew came to my apartment to meet me and film me.

The film crew consisted of Grant, Jimmy, and Kirsten and they started filming me doing my normal routine such as eating breakfast, drinking coffee, brushing my teeth and dressing into work clothes that I wear to Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Then, the film crew filmed me raising the curtains and even included me waving to the camera.

Then, they started filming me going out of Harrison Street apartment and they filmed me walking on Prairie Avenue and on Central Street and they filmed me taking the Metra train going from Central Street to Evanston Davis Street. Then, me and Megan Baer went to Panera Bread to have a snack. I got a double fudge brownie with a medium cup of coffee with cream and Splenda while Megan got herself a Cherry Danish pastry.

Then, we drove to the Evanston Township High School Transition House and I met students such as David, Leticia, etc. I was being filmed and I chatted with the students on what it's like to be independent and live on my own at Harrison Street apartment especially with a roommate and how I get to make my own choices. I also got to do a sing-along with the kids and we sang to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. Then, David S. showed me a website called Center For Independent Futures’ Full Life Futures Process and I made future plans such as learn how to take public transportation to get to new places such as the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Then, me and Megan drove to downtown Chicago to eat lunch. At first, we were going to Snack Shack but unfortunately, there was a very long line. So, we decided to go to Big Bowl. It has Asian cuisine. At Big Bowl, for appetizers, we got chicken pot stickers and edamame. Then, I got sesame chicken with white rice and Megan got Mongolian beef with brown rice.

Then, we went to Solomon Cordwell Buenz and the film crew filmed me working for 1 hour and I pretended to do the normal stuff that I do at SCB such as sort out and deliver mail and packages and restock the seventh and ninth floor with coffee, tea, soda, and juice. Then, after Solomon Cordwell Buenz we drove back to Harrison Street and I changed into my regular normal clothes.

Then, Megan Baer drove me to Social Hour at 1015 Davis Street in Evanston and I met Jeff Morthorst, Rob Larson, Elizabeth, Nestor Gonzalez, Avi Lesser, etc. and I told them that I was being filmed for a documentary based on what I do during the normal days that I go to work at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Then, I came back to Harrison Street apartment and I began writing my journal for today. Well, that's all for now! See ya!


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