‘Uncle Fun: You’re the One’: Laura Scruggs explores a classic Chicago novelty spot (and a story of hope)

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(L-R): Jake Scruggs, Laura Scruggs, Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra talks with filmmaker Laura Force Scruggs and executive producer Jake Scruggs about their documentary Uncle Fun: You’re the One, a tribute to Chicago’s late, great novelty toy and novelty shop Uncle Fun and the creative mind of Ted Frankel.  They talk about Laura’s learning the art of documentary-making on the fly, what about the shop tapped into the “outsider” mentality and what it meant to the people who passed through over the years; Ted himself then joins the show and more.

The film premieres on June 10th at the Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse, 5720 N. Ridge Ave.

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