Rebel Bells is a documentary short film about an all-girls radical collective located in the Calumet region connecting southeast side Chicago, Illinois and East Chicago in northwest Indiana. The Calumet region is an economically precarious, environmentally-polluted industrial corridor in the U.S. Midwest. The Rebel Bells was started in 2016 by three mothers who are leaders in the environmental justice movements in their respective communities. The goal of the Rebel Bells collective is to teach young girls about social justice and community activism in an empowered and safe environment. Though they receive guidance from the moms that are involved in the group, the girls take ownership over the curriculum and typically lead the meetings and activities of the group.
Anne Colton has over 30 years of filmmaking experience, including starting out in the industry as the only female online editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1989-1991). Anne’s last film Jordanville (2017) aired nationally on PBS and is available for viewing on Amazon Prime.
Michelle Yates is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Columbia College Chicago. Michelle is also the co-founder and co-director of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival.