Junkyard Documentary: Photographic Evidence

  • Producer David Rheinstrom is excited by what he hears
  • DJ Catnip takes out a window
  • David vs Window: Round 1
  • DJ Catnip is the clear winner here.
  • Sound Designer Ryan Schile strikes a pose
  • Shattering a moon-roof
  • Dynamic Action Sound Designer Poses!
  • Safety glass is amazing
  • Thank heavens for booms.
  • Tools.
  • More action poses
  • Producer David Rheinstrom is always looking for a piano to lounge on.  In a pinch, a car will do.
  • The team got a little hungry during the day.
  • Before and after shots.

Referenced in our Junkyard Documentary: a few images from our most recent sfx gathering trip.

Junkyard Documentary

We bring our mid-season break to a close with a new experiment from HartLife NFP- our first audio documentary.  Join associate producer David Rheinstrom, sound designer Ryan Schile, and audio engineer DJ Catnip as they venture into a Chicago junkyard…to destroy a few cars.  For sound.

You can also view a few more images from our trip here!

Written and Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Creative Direction by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL.

Music: The Good Lawdz and Latché Swing, licensed under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licenses.

Casting Call: Season Six of Our Fair City

Loyal Policies:

Our Fair City is excited to announce an open audition for Season Six of Our Fair City!

Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be recasting the role of CLEAR SKIES TIM for Season Six of Our Fair City.

For any interested actors: please submit the following sides (also posted below) in recorded .mp3 format to [email protected], no later than 4/23/2014.  Please also be prepared to provide evening conflicts for the recording period.  The bulk of recording for Season Six will be between September and October of 2014, with retake recording in November and a full-cast reathrough this May.  There is a small honorarium attached to the role.

Please be advised- we are currently only considering Chicago area actors (or actors who would consider traveling to the Chicagoland area for recording).  We recommend listening to episodes “Everything in its Place” and “Rise and Shine” to get a feel for the CLEAR SKIES TIM accent.  We are looking for a vocal performance that is recognizably similar to the previous interpretations of the character.

Thank you–and we look forward to hearing your submissions!  Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

Jeffrey Gardner



ALISON: Tim, what’s the matter? You’ve been sighing into your console all day.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: I’ve just been feelin’ sorta guilty… it’s just that Greyson and Jack are down in Field 22, up to their waists in… waste.

ALISON:  At least they’ve got work.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: But then there are all the other riggers who’ve haven’t gotten jobs. They’ve been waitin’ in the Reassignment lounge for weeks but with all the surplus power there ain’t no jobs to be had. They’ve been saying that they’re always being supervised, because, you know… they’re out of work!

 ALISON: Oh, Tim. You just can’t see the big picture.


ALISON: No, you can’t. Pour me another cup.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Was that supposed to make me feel better?

ALISON: No. Now, how’s my tie?



SFX: CLEAR-SKIES TIM PUSHES a BUTTON. A MOTOR WHIRRS and the doors CREAK SHUT.  A SLOSHING from a metal, liquid-filled tub farther down the gullet.

JACK: Hey Tim!

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Ah! Jack – don’t scare me.

JACK: Sorry pal – hey leave em open wouldja? I’m going back in in a sec.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Uh uh. It’s not safe to leave the door to the Waste Field open.

JACK: It’s not safe to bathe in a tub of chemical disinfectant either, but I’m doin’ it.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Did Archie give you the idea to wash off in the Man-Dip?

JACK: Yeah. Where is he anyway?

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: He’s back in the Field. Throwin’ up globs of red stuff.

JACK: Eeeh. Think I’ll get out now. You on guard duty?

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Yeah. Catch ya later.


Season Four Blooper Reel

We hope you enjoy these things as much as we enjoy making them.

  • Insidious Forces of….— Ansel Burch
  • Needs to be healthy for the rest of his life—Mark Soloff
  • The Risen Dead—Ryan Schile
  • Photobombing the Risen Dead—Tara Schile
  • Can you make weird noises?—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Woooooo…—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Excessive Flatulence—Frank Sjodin
  • No matter how old he gets—Tyler Samples
  • Protective of his words—Clayton Faits
  • Looking great today—David Rheinstrom

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

In Celebration of Steph Charaska

Loyal policies of HartLife,

We are sad to announce that, after two years of service as our Events Chair, Steph Charaska has decided to step down from HartLife’s Board of Directors.
During her tenure she led the growth of the Our Fair City launch parties into the immersive, highly-produced events that they are today, and hugely increased the Company’s presence at conventions like CONvergence in Minneapolis and the Chicago Fringe Festival. Her help has been invaluable, and though she is taking more time for personal and artistic pursuits outside HartLife, she will continue to be a part of our community and of future Company events.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Steph for her many contributions to HartLife, both past and future, and wish her well!

See you in the tunnels,

Vice Presidents Gardner and Faits


Preview: Junkyard Documentary

Attn: Loyal Policies:  Per the mandate of the Directors, we will be beginning our mid-season break slightly ahead of schedule.  Never fear: while you wait for further True Historical Accounts of HartLife, we will be providing you with several entertaining bits of ephemera from our archives.  First up: Our Fair City’s Associate Producer David Rheinstrom has prepared this delightful preview of an upcoming piece of documentary work on capturing foley and sound effects.

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL.

An Urgent Message from the Directors

Urgent Message from the Directors

Hello, Policy.

We have changed our podcast provider, and if you have not been receiving our Fifth Season episodes, the company can provide you with a very easy fix.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and suggest taking the following steps to ensure you continue to receive the Our Fair City podcast:

First, if you are using iTunes, simply unsubscribe in your library, then head to the iTunes Store.  

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In the iTunes store, find Our Fair Cityand resubscribe to the Our Fair City podcast.

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Second, if you are subscribed through other services like Downcast or DoubleTwist, update your program with the following feed URL: http://ourfaircity.libsyn.com/rss

 Thank you for your loyalty to the corporation; as always, we will see you in the tunnels.


Geonautical Console-tations

Descend with the young Cassie Wilkins into the very bowels of the city, to the newly carved out Sector Omega.  Thrill at being deeper than any policy has ever gone before- and marvel at the magnificent and mammoth Geoship that will take Policy Wilkins even deeper.  Yes, loyal listeners- it is truly a new day of exploration for Our Fair City.

  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by David Tanimura. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Rise and Shine

Policies, do not listen to the Outsider or Dissenter, who may tell you that your commute to work in the morning is unpleasant!  With HartLife, all elements of the work-day experience have been finely crafted to encourage employee satisfaction, synergistic excellence, and above all, maximum productivity.  Truly: who could not appreciate the gentle, warming lightrise as the daytime illumination slowly comes online?  The clean, cool feel of the recirculated air, pumping gently through your tunnels?  The first whiff of Algae-based coffee beverages, distributed at a compact, efficient kiosk in your PeopleMover station?  But wait- who is that behind the kiosk desk?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City continues.

  • Vice- Barista Edward Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Caffeine Chorus— Tara Schile, Mark Soloff, Abby Doud, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Site Migration

Hello Policies,

We’ve dug some new tunnels and moved the website to a new host to improve stability of historical record delivery. Everything is back up and running with minimal damage, but if you see any issues, feel free to leave a comment on this post, or contact the molepeople at [email protected].

- The Molepeople