The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Chapter & Verse
2015, Jamal Joseph, USA, 97 min. With Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine.
Newly released from prison, Lance (co-screenwriter Beaty) faces down racism, indifference, and the economic lure of the old life in Harlem, in this poignant drama in which personal redemption and the urge to mentor a young gang-banger go hand in hand. Director Joseph builds a case for the power of black fatherhood as the parolee, working on delivery for a food pantry, comes to the aid of feisty but failing Miss Mandy (Devine in an exceptionally moving performance), and recognizes his younger self in her defiantly cocky grandson Ty, eager to take on the violent initiation ritual of the local street gang. DCP digital. (BS)
1984, Albert Magnoli, USA, 111 min. With Prince, Apollonia Kotero.
"A time capsule of style and attitude. It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
The late Artist's legacy is commemorated with this special birthday screening of his dazzling screen debut. Revolving around a young musician’s struggle to break away from an abusive father, the film showcases some of Prince's most exuberant songs (including "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," and "Purple Rain") and fierce live-concert footage. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day provides lively comic rivalry. Prince won an Oscar for the music score. DCP digital. (Jim Dempsey)