Opening Night Celebration:
A Black Harvest Feast
2016-17, Various directors, USA, 77 min.
- Sat, Aug 5th 7:30pm
Join Masters of Ceremonies Felicia Middlebrooks, morning co-anchor, WBBM Newsradio/CBS, and Christian Farr, general assignment reporter, NBC 5 Chicago, for the opening night celebration honoring Donnie Smith, Executive Director of Donda’s House Inc., and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Creative Director of Donda’s House Inc., with this year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership. Then, join us for a sneak preview of this year's bountiful "harvest" with "A Black Harvest Feast," a program of four short films. Immediately following the show "A Black Harvest Feast," the audience is invited to join our celebrity guests for a reception sponsored by MIllerCoors at Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph St.), home of the Joffrey Ballet Chicago.
Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 PM: Filmmakers Derek Dow, Nathan Hale Williams, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, Sol Aponte, Shahari Moore, Patrick James Thomas, and selected members of their casts and crews are scheduled to be present at Opening Night.
Special admission price for this program (includes reception): General Admission $25; Students $20; Members $15. Proceeds from this screening benefit the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center. No free passes, blue tickets, or Black Harvest festival passes will be valid for this screening.
Mama, I Made It
2017, Derek Dow, USA, 13 min. With Megan Sousa, Derek Dow.
A daughter’s plan to impress her visiting mom with her trendy new apartment hits a comic snag when her rascally brother shows up, too. (BS)
2016, Nathan Hale Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte, USA, 20 min. With Teyonah Parris, Nic Few.
The eagerly anticipated night of his marriage proposal takes an unexpected turn for the future groom. (BS)
2017, Shahari Moore, USA, 23 min. 2017, Shahari Moore, USA, 23 min. With Nora Brooks Blakely, Haki Madhubuti, Cornell West, Nikki Giovanni.
A tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks, the Chicago-based poet who was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize. (MR)
Cut My Hair, Barber
2017, Patrick James Thomas, USA, 24 min. With Evan Moses, Candice Johnson.
A young boy plans for the fateful day when he will meet his real father, and learns to how become a man in the process. (BS)