About Annamarie Buchanan:
Annamarie Buchanan is a native Chicagoan and graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago (04). With a BA in film/video, she started her own Video FX /Video editing studio, Animagick Studio LLC. Last year, she was part of the “Hearts a Blum” event and painted three hearts including a Blackhawk Heart. Her studio as been involved in several video projects, promos and concerts. Annamarie was the official Video Editor for the United Nations Association – USA “Global Wake-Up” film festival held here in Chicago last year. She is honored that her designs have been chosen for this event.
About “The Great Chicago Fire:”
In 1871, a fire broke out in the O’leary barn. The cause is unknown but the cow still gets the credit. In minutes, the fire was out of control. It engulfed the entire city which burned for two days until a rain storm put it out. The design starts with one cow and one lantern. The sparks fly and the buildings burn until the entire city is engulfed and just the Water Tower, the only structure to survive, is the only building seen in the flames.
About “The Windy City:”
There are three main possibilities of how Chicago got the nickname of “The Windy City”. One is based on the politics of bidding for the 1893 World Colombian Exhibition. One is based on the 1870′s rivalry between the Cincinnati Red Socks and the Chicago White Sox. The one I used is based on Chicago weather and our ever so stubborn “Lake Effect.” In the design we see Chicago Skyline Silhouette and the North Wind blowing through the buildings.