4 Corners is a minimalist art-piece examining gun violence in Chicago. It consists of 5 vignettes, each loosely based on gang killings committed around a 4-block radius. The stories themselves are presented without context, identification, or discernible dialogue, giving each occurrence a cold and detached feeling. These violent acts are committed in calm and casual fashion, moving from one story to the next without explanation; reflecting how we as a society take in stride the killings in modern day life. Much like the violence we see and hear about every day in Chicago, this film takes us through a sequence of murders that seem and feel pointless, hollow, and cold. We watch as a one killing sets in motion a ripple effect throughout the community, while the reason for such remains uncertain.
One thing however is certain, there are no winners here, just losers.
The purpose of this film was not to pick one side or the other, but to simply present the issue at face value and address the need for change, without patronizing or trivializing the causes of said violence.
Stories of pride, ignorance and retaliation serve as the backbone of 4 Corners, just as they serve as the backbone of so many Chicago murders. Tit-for-tat killings that seem meaningless to those looking in from the outside, are exactly the opposite to the people involved; and are even more real to the loved ones who are often left to pick up the pieces. 4 Corners is not only a critique on Chicago’s gun violence, but also on the way gun violence is generally portrayed in the media.
The concept for 4 Corners came to me as I was passing by an area in Rogers Park where I once witnessed a woman peddling elotes get mistakenly shot. It was a drive-by shooting, and the bullet was intended for a group of my friends. I was only a child and remember looking at this woman crying out in agony, holding her leg while deep purple blood gushed out. I was incredibly surprised since based on the movies I’ve seen, the color of blood should have match the bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos I was eating. The elotes lady getting shot was the consequence of another shooting that happened the prior week. This vicious cycle, one that ensnares the lives of innocent people, was the main inspiration for 4 Corners.
Cory Proctor, Founder and CEO of Naked Gallery Inc., oversees corporate decisions, manages the overall direction and resources of the company.
Cory has a background in finance. He has since added film production and distribution to his repertoire. Since Naked Gallery’s inception, Cory has gone on to produce and executive produce a number of short films and music videos working with clients such as Universal Music Group, Atlantic Records, and Warner Music Group.
Zachary Moore, the COO and Executive Producer of Naked Gallery, Inc., manages day-to-day operations of all ongoing projects.
Zachary graduated from Tribeca Flashpoint College with a degree in Film & Broadcast. He joined the Naked team in 2015 and has become an integral part of the team after produced numerous short films and music videos for the company since. Zach is currently developing several projects with talented writers and directors in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Mia Reggi is a creative producer and Production Coordinator at ONE at Optimus, a Chicago based creative studio.
Mia started her career as a client service assistant at Optimus before becoming a production coordinator where she facilitated and coordinated successful commercial projects for world renowned brands and companies. In addition to 4 Corners, Mia has produced various independent projects such as short film Deja Vu and TV movie Working from Home.
Directed by: Andre Muir
Written by: Jake Hutton & Andre Muir
Story by: Andre Muir
Executive Producers: Mario DiPaolo & Cory Proctor
Producers: Ciara Medina, Mia Reggi, Zachary Moore, Cory Proctor
Cinematographer: Nathan Salter
Associate Producer: Emanuel Caston
Production Designer: Emily Schexnayder
Editor: Nathan Rodgers
Post Sound Producer: Adam Wiebe
Sound Design: Beto Santoyo
Composer: Colin Sipos
1st Assistant Director: Arturas Kerelis
2nd Assistant Director : Marcus Aubin
Flame Artist: N/A (The Mill)
Colorist: N/A (The Mill)
VFX Artist: N/A (The Mill)
SFX Make-Up Design:
SFX Make-Up Design:
Young Boy: Justin Tharpe
Mother: Christie Tate
Joe: Fletcher O’neal
Ricky: Joshua Miller
Jordan: Keyontre Criggley
Hayley: Kayla Patrick
Homeless Man: Miguel Atkins
Cook: Matt Brown
Restaurant Extra: Joe Newcomb Restaurant Extra: Farries Jennings Restaurant Extra: Charlene Thompson Janitor: James Gordon
Elotes Lady: Ana Hernandez
Gabriel: Ernest Anderson
Cameron: Tyriss Usry
Caleb: Aaron Robinson
Jeremiah: Yashuel Flippins
Store Clerk: Rocky Ravani
Bystander: Caneil Oliver
Malik: Savage Houston
Martin: Kelly Marshall
Ed: Sheridan Warner
Jimmy: James Almond
Mike: Terrell Allen
Elijah: Kris Downing
Xavier: Darryl Bogard
Trina: Jasmine Baker
Guy1: Jairus Baker
Hole in Wall Extra 1: Joe Newcomb
Hole in Wall Extra 2: Farries Jennings
Hole in Wall Extra 3: Charleone Thompson
Hole in Wall Extra 4: Dawanna Conner
Street Crowd Extra 1: Tina La Mon
Street Crowd Extra 2: Byron Coolie
Street Crowd Extra 3: Michael Thomason
Street Crowd Extra 4: Terrence Kennedy
Street Crowd Extra 5:
Little Kids Playing 1: Riley Walker
Older Kids 1: Kiba Keyy
Older Kids 2: Jason Davis
Older Kids 3: Brandon Oneselogu
Older Man: Jatone Smith
Casting Director: Jake Bloom
Casting Assistant: Anna McFarlin
Steadicam Operator: Blaine Baker
1st Assistant Camera: Brendan Babinski
2nd Assistant Camera: Juan Garcia
Quintero Location Sound: Andrew Henke
Costume Design: Nadya Laska
Art Assistant: Andrew Melzer
Art Assistant: Oriane Playner
Art Assistant: Anna McFarlin
Production Assistant: Brad Martin Production
Assistant: Gus Murray Production
Assistant: Rebekah Wilson Production Assistant: Kerri Walsh
Production Assistant: Brad Martin
Production Assistant: Justin Hill
Production Assistant: Nick Sansone
Gaffer: Danny Valdez
Best Boy Electric: Jake Joiner
Electrician Max Skelton
Grip: Jake Joiner
Grip: Ryan Zeller
Grip: Johnathon Blazewski
DIT: Sam Kelly
Special Thanks: The Mill Chicago, Earhole Studios. and One at Optimus Special Thanks to Tyler Garza & Gregory Buissereth
Often when violence is depicted in films, we never see the remnants of what happens next, we simply move on to the next scene. With 4 Corners however, it was very important for us to show the byproduct of the brutality. When these things occur in real life there is no next scene; there is no next story; the people affected must piece their lives back together and continue living with the grief.
A prominent scene in the film that highlights this is the Janitor Scene. We watch as he literally picks up the pieces left from the incident. This was my our of illustrating the long-lasting effects of gun violence that we are not typically exposed to in the media.
Highly influenced by Alan Clarke’s short film ‘Elephant’, 4 Corners is a reference to ”the elephant in the living room” because we are, as a collective, denying the social problems that exist in Chicago.
Naked Gallery, Inc. is a minority owned, Chicago based production company whose mission it is to make films that express our ideas, however beautiful or disturbing they may be. We promise to never create boring productions, and will always do our best to avoid trends, in favor of setting them ourselves.
Our work focuses on exposing the human experience bare, free from any facades. Free to be comfortable in your own skin. Naked.