Black Harvest Film Festival 2018

August 4 - 30, 2018

Coming in August: the 2018 Black Harvest Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center's annual showcase for independent films that tell the stories and explore the images, heritage, and history of the worldwide Black experience.

Tickets available at our box office starting July 20.

From August 4 through 30, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes one and all to our 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, a month-long celebration of the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora, as interpreted by independent filmmakers from around the U.S. and abroad. Filmmaker appearances are the pride and joy of Black Harvest, so join us for the festival's many enlightening post-film discussions with directors, producers, writers, and cast members. Cheer on filmmakers in the early stages of promising careers and savor the insights of those with a seasoned perspective.

OPENING NIGHT

The festival opens on Saturday, August 4, with the shorts program A Black Harvest Feast. LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago hosts a show that includes presentation of the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership to Pemon Rami and Maséqua Myers. Immediately after the show, the audience is invited to a reception across the street at the Joffrey Tower.

CLOSING NIGHT

Our closing night on Thursday, August 30, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Rusty Cundieff's savvy rap satire FEAR OF A BLACK HAT, screening in a rare 35mm print. Multi-talented director/writer/actor Cundieff (director of the upcoming Universal release TALES FROM THE HOOD 2) will be present for audience discussion. Filmmaker recipients of the 2019 production grants for the Black Harvest 25th Anniversary Project will be announced at this show.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

More than thirty filmmakers are scheduled to be present for discussion at screenings throughout the festival, with additional pending. Special events include a personal appearance by former talk show host Dick Cavett, discussing his 53-year friendship with Muhammad Ali with director Robert S. Bader, at the Sunday, August 5 screening of ALI & CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES. A special advance screening of David Schalliol's THE AREA (returning to the Film Center for a run September 14-20) provides a searing look at a community's valiant struggle against a railroad's land grab in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

Features shot in Chicago also include Logan Hall's sci-fi inflected drama ANIMATOR and Lawrence Lee Wallace's revenge satire PIECES OF DAVID. Documentaries include CHI-TOWN, an exhilarating saga of basketball ambition by Nick Budabin. Pamela Sherrod Anderson's THE G FORCE, explores the phenomenon of grandparents challenged to become parents to their grandchildren. David Weathersby's THE COLOR OF ART covers a range of issues surrounding inclusion for artists of color in the Chicago art scene; the screening will include a panel representing artists, collectors, and gallery personnel.

2018 marks the inaugural endowed Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize. The prize will be awarded annually to a director of a Black Harvest Film Festival short film, chosen by a prestigious jury. All films in the festival are eligible for the Black Harvest Audience Award; ballots available in our lobby. Be sure to regularly check back for added appearances and special events.

— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming

FF indicates a family-friendly film.

The Black Harvest Film Festival is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Special thanks to festival consultant Sergio Mims, our Black Harvest Community Council, and to the many filmmakers who help make this festival possible.

Festival panel discussion — FREE ADMISSION!

Panel: Action! The Real Deal About Filmmaking

FREE ADMISSION

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Aug 25th 5:30pm
OPENING NIGHT FILMS! Filmmakers in person!

Opening Night Celebration: A Black Harvest Feast

2018, Various directors, USA, 70 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Aug 4th 7:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Ali & Cavett: The Tale Of The Tapes

2018, Robert S. Bader, USA, 95 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Aug 5th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 6th 8:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Then There Was Joe

2018, Justin Warren, USA, 102 min. With Ray Grady, Justin Warren, James "Butch" Warren.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Aug 7th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 8th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: International Visions

2016-2018, Various directors, Various nations, 98 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Aug 9th 8:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Green Days By The River

2017, Michael Mooleedhar, Trinidad & Tobago, 102 min. With Sudai Tafari, Anand Lawkaran, Vanessa Bartholomew, Nadia Kandhai.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 10th 2:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 16th 6:15pm

Chicago premiere!

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream

2018, Qasim Basir, USA, 89 min. With Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 10th 6:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 11th 8:15pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Chi-Town

2018, Nick Budabin, USA, 82 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 10th 8:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 13th 8:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: Made in Chicago

2017-2018, Various directors, USA, 90 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Aug 11th 5:15pm
  • Wed, Aug 15th 8:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

The G Force

2018, Pamela Sherrod Anderson, USA, 58 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Aug 12th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 14th 6:00pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Jinn

2017, Nijla Mu'min, USA, 92 min. With Zoe Renee, Simone Missick.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Aug 12th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Aug 14th 8:15pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: Urban Tales

2017-2018, Various directors, USA, 91 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Aug 16th 8:15pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Personal Statement

2018, Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez, 88 min.

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Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 17th 4:00pm
  • Sun, Aug 19th 3:00pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: Love African American Style

2016-18, Various directors, USA, 87 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 17th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Aug 18th 8:15pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Animator

2018, Logan Hall, USA, 99 min. With Levenix Riddle, MacKenzie Chinn.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 17th 8:30pm
  • Tue, Aug 21st 8:15pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

The Color Of Art

2018, David Weathersby, USA, 60 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Aug 18th 5:00pm

Danielle Maggio in person! Chicago premiere!

Betty: They Say I'm Different

2017, Phil Cox, USA, 56 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Aug 19th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 20th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

This One's For The Ladies

2018, Gene Graham, USA, 83 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Aug 21st 6:15pm
  • Wed, Aug 22nd 8:00pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: Family Matters

2017-18, Various directors, USA/UK/Nigeria, 96 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Aug 23rd 6:00pm
Special advance screening! Filmmakers in person!

The Area

2018, David Schalliol, USA, 93 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Aug 23rd 8:30pm

Pam Sporn in person! Chicago premiere!

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along A Postal Route

2018, Pam Sporn, USA, 99 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 24th 3:45pm
  • Sun, Aug 26th 3:00pm

Chicago premiere!

Singleville

2018, Meleisha J. Edwards and Mary McCallum, USA, 68 min. With Tamiko Robinson Steele, Mary McCallum, Molly Breen.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 24th 6:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 25th 8:30pm
Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Pieces of David

2017, Lawrence Lee Wallace, USA, 118 min. With Cynda Williams, Anita Nicole Brown, T.C. Rose.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 24th 8:30pm
  • Tue, Aug 28th 8:30pm

Darien Sills-Evans in person! Chicago premiere!

One Bedroom

2018, Darien Sills-Evans, USA, 83 min. With Darien Sills-Evans, Devin Nelson.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Aug 26th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 27th 8:00pm

Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere!

Shorts program: Women Of Color

2017-18, Various directors, USA, 88 min.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Aug 28th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 29th 8:00pm
Closing night — RUSTY CUNDIEFF IN PERSON!

Fear of A Black Hat

1993, Rusty Cundieff, USA, 88 min. With Rusty Cundieff, Kasi Lemmons.

TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Aug 30th 6:30pm