GREG ZANIS Tribute Project


GREG ZANIS Tribute Project

We Invite Friends and Loved Ones to Send A Tribute Video for Greg
SHHHHH — please don’t tell him — it’s a surprise!!

Since Greg Zanis announced his retirement, and especially in light of his cancer diagnosis, people all over Chicagoland have been reaching out, looking for ways to honor his life and legacy, centered on love and expressed by the crosses he creates for lives taken by gun violence.

Along with our community partners, Strides was earlier planning a retirement party and working with the city to honor Greg, including introducing a City Council Resolution in his honor.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 and Greg’s health means it is unlikely we will be able to celebrate him in person anytime soon.  But we don’t want to miss the opportunity to pay tribute to him and let him know how much he is loved.

We invite you to celebrate Greg’s life by submitting a phone video that captures what he means to you. 5 x 12 Films, the videographers who produce our Race Against Gun Violence videos, have generously offered to create a celebration video from your submissions to let Greg know he is loved and not forgotten and why he means so much to people and Chicago.

The initial celebration video will be a three minute compilation. Depending on how many videos we receive, we may not be able to use a clip from every submission. That being said, we will share every tribute with Greg so he can see all of the love and appreciation that the community has for him.  And the video will be a beautiful gift to his family, a tribute to his legacy and demonstration of how his sweat, blood and tears have mattered to us.


Deadline: All videos must be submitted by Monday, April 27th

Submission:  Please send your video as an attachment to [email protected]

Share: Feel free to share this with others who care about Greg

Video Instructions:

Please take 10 to 30 seconds each to answer the questions below.  These are guidelines from the videographers. Feel free to skip over questions, or if the spirit moves you, don’t worry about staying within the 30 seconds. Please be sure to read Phone Filming Tips below (important!!! we want this to look professional!)

Video Tribute Questions (please answer as many as possible)

  • When/how did first get to know Greg?
  • How do you think he has impacted Chicago?
  • How has he impacted your life?
  • Why are the crosses important?
  • What do you love most about Greg?


Some advice for video on your phone:

  1. Give your camera lens a quick clean before use
  2. Use landscape mode
  3. Avoid windows in the background
  4. Record in a room with as little echo as possible
  5. Hold the phone slightly above the level of your eyes
  6. If possible, use the lens on the back of the camera (rather than the ‘selfie’ lens on the front). The resolution will be better, but you won’t be able to see yourself as you film. If this feels like too much trouble just stick to what’s easiest for you!

Also, here’s some advice from the NY Times. It was meant as advice for conference calls, but some people may find it useful (not only for this but also future Zoom meetings!):

“Put the computer up on a stack of books so the camera is slightly higher than your head. Say, about the top of your head. And then point it down into your eyes. Then take a tall lamp and set it next to the computer on the side of your face you feel is best. The lamp should be in line with and slightly behind the computer so the light falls nicely on your face. Then put a piece of white paper or a white tablecloth on the table you are sitting at but make sure it can’t be seen in the frame. It will give you a bit of fill and bounce. And lots of powder, et voilà!”