OPENING NIGHT FILMS! Filmmakers in person! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2018

Opening Night Celebration:

A Black Harvest Feast

2018, Various directors, USA, 70 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Aug 4th 7:00pm

Please note — Theater 1 seating is now SOLD OUT! Remaining tickets for the Opening Night film program will be seated in Theater 2. Note: theater 2 is now SOLD OUT as well!


Join Master of Ceremonies LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago for the opening night celebration. This year's Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership will be presented to Pemon Rami, filmmaker and former Director of Education and Public Programs for the DuSable Museum of African American History; and Maséqua Myers, curator, teacher, and Executive Director of the South Side Community Arts Center. Immediately following the show A Black Harvest Feast, the audience is invited to join our celebrity guests for a reception at Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph St.), home of the Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

This year's "harvest" merits a celebration; enjoy a sneak preview of the festival's bountiful creativity through these four short films: Sanicole's Chicago-set father-daughter drama TRAINING WHEELS (2018, 15 min.); Derek Dow's Juneteenth relationship showdown SHOTGUN WEDDING (2018, 19 min.); Praheme's comic chronicle of a hookup with staying power STUCK (2018, 17 min.); and Shayla Racquel's evocative drama RIVERMENT (2018, 19 min.), in which family activism comes full circle. (BS, MR)

Saturday 8/4: Filmmakers Sanicole, Derek Dow, Praheme, and (tentative) Shayla Racquel are scheduled to be present.

Special admission prices 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.

Training Wheels

Training Wheels

2018, Sanicole, USA, 15 min.

A father needs to prove himself when his little girl's bike is stolen. (MR)

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Shotgun Wedding

Shotgun Wedding

2018, Derek Dow, USA, 19 min. With Lina Green, Thomas Hobson.

Juneteenth becomes a day of showdown for a couple reaching a critical turning point in their relationship. (BS)

Stuck

Stuck

2018, Praheme, USA, 17 min. With Javicia Leslie, Hari Williams.

A comically impulsive hookup turns out to have staying power for the surprised lovers. (BS)

Riverment

Riverment

2018, Shayla Racquel, USA, 19 min. With Diane Powell, Nicolette Ali Wright.

A family's tradition of activism comes full circle, but not without triggering fears on the part of the older generation. (BS)

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