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Sandrel “Sanicole” Young is a local independent filmmaker who has recently screened “Smoking Gun.” PHOTO PROVIDED BY SANDREL YOUNG.

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Sanicole’s godmother got her a camera when she was a senior year in high school, and it started her love affair with filmmaking. She used that camera to document the world around her. It led to her telling her mother that she wanted to study film. She went to Columbia College Chicago where she studied film and video.