A Love Letter to Chicago: Chicago-based Video Production Company Crafts Inspirational Video for a City in Crisis

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The award-winning filmmakers at Behold wanted to show their support for the city they love, so they did what they do best: create an emotionally impactful video. By incorporating a famed speech given after the Great Chicago Fire, the video highlights the city's tough spirit and ability to recover after tragedy.

This isn't the first time Chicago has faced severe hardship; it hasn't broken before and it's not going to break this time.

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire consumed 17,000 buildings and claimed over 300 lives. An estimated 100,000 people were left homeless. Despite it all, Chicago endured, and that moment would become just one of many in the city's rich history that has helped establish it as an unabashedly hardworking and tough metropolis.

Robert Collyer, a Unitarian minister and famed orator, lost his home and church during the fire. While the ashes were still smoking, he summoned his people and spoke strong words of community and resilience. It was a speech that helped inspire a city to get back on its feet, to not lose hope, and to never lose a sense of solidarity among its people.

BEHOLD is the next iteration of the video production company. With our feet firmly planted in the timeless principles of storytelling, we embrace evolving technologies and platforms, blurring the lines between classic filmmaking and experiential marketing. We tell bold narratives that explore the human experience and aim to inspire a life well-lived.

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