Festival highlights include a retrospective of the work of Gordon Parks (including a 50th anniversary screening of SHAFT on 35mm!), the Chicago theatrical premiere of Traci Curry and Stanley Nelson’s gripping documentary ATTICA, and Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri's critically acclaimed EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE). Black Harvest alum Kelley Kali will return to Chicago to premiere her SXSW hit I’M FINE (THANKS FOR ASKING) with co-director Angelique Molina.
The festival will kick off with the acclaimed documentary, DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER, with co-director Dave Wooley in attendance (note that Festival passes cannot be used for Opening and Closing Nights of the festival). On Wednesday, November 17, the Festival's halfway point will be celebrated with a special presentation of Reinaldo Marcus Green's highly anticipated KING RICHARD. Experience the film’s star, Will Smith, as an undeterred father determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena Williams, into history.
Black Harvest will also proudly showcase several homegrown stories, including a collection of locally-made shorts and IT'S DIFFERENT IN CHICAGO, David Weathersby's chronicle of house and hip hop music. And we’re honoured to present two screenings of the groundbreaking SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG, directed by the late great Melvin Van Peebles.