Vincent Falk helps WTTW test chroma levels
Loop North News


20-Apr-10 – Calling him “literally one of the most colorful characters in Chicago,” WTTW’s Chicago Tonight put a spotlight on Vincent Falk during the Tuesday edition of its nightly newsmagazine.

Falk is believed to be the only Marina City resident who dances on Chicago River bridges in colorful costumes for the amusement of tour boats. His story is the subject of a documentary by Jennifer Burns that will be shown at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois on Saturday.

Chicago Tonight’s Eddie Arruza spoke with Falk and Burns, telling the story of how they met and how the documentary – which cost $30,000 and is based around the tour boat season of 2005 – got produced.

“I enjoy the process a lot,” says Falk in the six-minute segment, commenting on his notoriety in downtown Chicago. “And especially now, I’m enjoying the process of it being played on the screen and watching the people react.”

Vincent: A Life In Color

(Above) Born with glaucoma, this is a simulated view (at right) of what Vincent sees, as explained in the documentary by ophthalmologist Dr. Ahsan Khan. At left is what most of us see. (Click on image to view larger version.)

Watch the video (duration: 6:32)…

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News |


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