Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize
Directed by Nelson Foix
Created three year ago, the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize is a monetary award that goes to the best short film directed by a Black director. Longtime supporters of the Gene Siskel Film Center, Ellen Sandor has been Chair of the Film Center Advisory Board for over 10 years, Richard and Ellen wanted to create a gift that would both support the Black Harvest Film Festival and the career of a filmmaker. It is the intent of the Sandor Family that this prize will encourage a filmmaker to continue in their artistic pursuits. “Now more than ever it is important to support diverse storytelling through film. We congratulate the extraordinary Black Harvest Film Festival and the 2020 Sandor Prize winner Nelson Foix”
Nelson FOIX is a young screenwriter and director, based in Guadeloupe, whose universe is articulated between West Indian culture and Urban culture. Initially he was destined for a professional sports career. After reflection, he turned to the audiovisual professions by graduating with a diploma in audiovisual technician. Following several meetings with directors including Euzhan Palcy and Mohamed Hamidi, he then dedicated himself to a career as a filmmaker. Convinced that the cinema is the medium corresponding to the expressive needs that inhabited him from an early age, he began his career by making numerous music videos. Timoun Aw is his third short fiction film and the first to receive professional production. He is now working on his first feature film.
The winning film was chosen by a jury of six individuals who rated each film on story, creativity, emotional impact and audience appeal. Below is a list of the Jurors.
Dr. Judy Cothran
Gene Siskel Film Center, Advisory Board member film lover
Inaugural Sandor prize recipient, director of LALO’S HOUSE
Writer, director, producer numerous films, currently producing HAROLD WASHINGTON
Award winning radio host, founder of Saltshaker Productions
Cultural leader and icon, casting director
Actor currently on THE CHI
Richard and Ellen Sandor with Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize inaugural winner Kelley Kali. Kali’s winning film LALO’S HOUSE went on to win;
The Student Academy Award
Director’s Guild Of America Best Student Director
KCET Fine Cut Best Narrative Film
Gene Siskel Film Center Legacy Award
This year we could not have chosen anyone who has done more for Black filmmaking for the Black Harvest Film Festival Legacy Award than Jacqueline Stewart. It is our great pleasure to honor Jacqueline for her scholarship and advocacy.
Jacqueline Stewart is Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and Director of Arts + Public Life at University of Chicago. She directs the South Side Home Movie Project and the Cinema 53 screening and discussion series. Beginning in January 2021, Stewart will join the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as Chief Artistic and Programming Officer. Jacqueline is the host of Silent Sunday Nights on Turner Classic Movies.
A native of Chicago's South Side, Stewart’s research and teaching explore African American cinema from the silent era to the present, as well as the archiving and preservation of moving images, and "orphan" media histories, including non theatrical, amateur, and activist film and video. She is the author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity, and co-editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. In 2018 Stewart was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.