Chicago premieres! Chicago Connection! Filmmakers in person! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2017

The Chicago Way + Blueprint For Bronzeville

Show Times

  • Mon, Aug 28th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 30th 8:30pm


2017, Donald Washington, USA, 48 min.

With 762 shooting deaths, 2016 was one of the bloodiest years in Chicago history. Written and produced by Tio Hardiman of the Violence Interrupters and Gregg Greer of Freedom First International, the impassioned documentary THE CHICAGO WAY goes into the streets to capture at close range the battle to make Chicago safe, putting us alongside mourners for fallen friends and family members, demonstrators outside a gun shop, protestors confronting Gov. Rauner as he exits an African American church, and paraders for New Era Chicago whipping up community pride. (MR) — WATCH TRAILER


2017, Tristan Hanson and Arlen Parsa, USA, 42 min.

In 2009, when Chicago made its ill-fated bid to host the 2016 Olympics, with Bronzeville the proposed site of the Olympic Village and a new stadium, the historic neighborhood was in crisis. The demolition of decaying housing projects had left thousands of empty lots that were being filled by high-income housing. The community group Housing Bronzeville, embroiled in a struggle to maintain affordable housing, seized upon the Olympics bid to gain leverage for their cause. This concise and illuminating documentary, with Ronit Bezalel (30 ACRES IN CHICAGO) as Supervising Producer, combines informative history with a stirring account of grass-roots activism. (MR) — WATCH TRAILER

Promotional partner is The Seventh Art Stand, a rapid response initiative which utilizes film to bridge communities and create new inroads for civil rights discourse.

Monday, August 28 & Wednesday, August 30: Director Donald Washington of THE CHICAGO WAY and co-directors Tristan Hanson and Arlen Parsa and subject Valencia Hardy of BLUEPRINT FOR BRONZEVILLE are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings led by radio personality Matt McGill.