Shorts Program: A Feast of Firsts
2019, Various directors, USA, 91 min.
- Sun, Aug 4th 2:30pm
Enjoy five provocative new shorts by Midwestern filmmakers in their world premiere screenings. All have been commissioned by the Gene Siskel Film Center in honor of the 25th anniversary of Black Harvest, thanks to funding from The Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
2019, Gian Smith, USA, 14 min.
With Rahim Glaspy, Jasmine B. Johnson
Love and attraction move to the variable rhythms of a jazz drummer’s beat in this impressionistic drama. ProRes digital. (BS)
2019, Derek Dow, USA, 19 min.
With Mesiyah Oduro, Dametra Dayton
A boy steps into early manhood and discovers the hard realities that rule love and friendship on the streets of his Chicago South Side neighborhood. DCP digital. (BS)
2019, Daniel Williams, USA, 13 min.
With Adrian Smiley, Trayvon Carter
When kids clash on the playground, a hotheaded dad takes up the gauntlet. DCP digital. (BS)
SEX IS A GOD THING
2019, Zarinah Ali, USA, 22 min.
With Rashida KhanBey Miller, Chanel E. Glover
Temptations of the flesh are at war with a yearning for spiritual peace for two sisters in this drama distinguished by sensual imagery and dance. ProRes digital. (BS)
2019, Shahari Moore, USA, 23 min.
With Derek Dow
What would you do if you only had 24 hours to live? In this poignant comedy, a Chicago photographer who meets with the unexpected is about to find out. DCP digital. (BS)
Directors Derek Dow, Gian Smith, and Shahari Moore, producer/actor Rashida KhanBey Miller (SEX IS A GOD THING), and producer Leonard Smith (love taps) are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.