2015, Derek Grace, USA, 60 min.
- Sun, Aug 30th 3:00pm
- Tue, Sep 1st 6:15pm
August 30 & September 1
Derek Grace has contributed to previous Black Harvest festivals with his community-oriented documentaries, including (as producer) the 2010 Audience Award-winner, ON THE FRONTLINE: TAKING BACK OUR STREETS. The lively, urgent COLLEGE WEEK explores a remarkable tradition at Spencer Technology Academy in Chicago’s crime-ridden Austin neighborhood. Every May, in defiance of the low expectations held for them, the teachers and students of each homeroom “adopt” a college--learning its colors, its requirements, and its activities (including learning braille for the Royal College for the Blind!)--in a spirited competition that rewards all the participants with a tangible sense of the possibilities that are open to them. DCP digital. (MR)
AUGUST 30 & SEPTEMBER 1: Director Derek Grace will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.
AUGUST 30: A mini college fair follows the screening with representatives from the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Jackson State University, Alabama State University, Fisk University, and Chicago State University.