Wills Glasspiegel is a dance filmmaker and community organizer from Chicago. In 2021-22, he created two projection films, Footnotes and Billiken, for Art on theMART, the largest permanent digital projection system in the world. The New York Times published a feature story on Footnotes and TimeOut Chicago recognized the film as “public art of the year.” Wills is now creating a permanent large-scale film installation, entitled Skywalkers, for O’Hare International Airport. His work as a creative director and filmmaker has been featured at the Walker Art Center, the MCA, and the Stony Island Arts Bank. NOWNESS, VICE, NPR Music, and FADER Magazine have platformed his short musical and dance films, including Icy Lake, Meet the Era, and Bangn on King Drive. Wills is now completing a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. In 2017, he co-founded the arts and racial justice nonprofit, Open the Circle (otcprojects.org) in Chicago.
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