COMING OF AGE / Sunday, November 7 / 3:00pm
"Love is a battle. Love is a war. Love is growing up." - James Baldwin. These six films explore what it means to grow up, and find out who you are: FUFU (Omolola Ajao), ECHOES OF A WINTER SUNSHINE (Oniffe White), CHERRY LEMONADE (Aisha Ford), MAKE IT HAPPEN. (Aaron Sterling), BOBERT (Oluseyi Olatujoye), LOTUS (Samuel Lee Fudge). Select filmmakers in attendance in person.
MADE IN CHICAGO / Monday, November 8 & Tuesday November 16 / 5:30pm
Stories born and raised right here at home, these local films exemplify all the talent that Chicagoland has to offer. PATOIS (Andre Muir & Danielle Alston), THE UNTOLD STORY OF MILD SAUCE (Anton Deshawn), THE “N” WORD (Maurice D. Walls), FLOWERS AND BIKES (Daniel Kayamba), HARLEM75 (John Wright), WHAT THE AFROFUTURE SAY (David Boykin), SWITCHIN’ (George Ellzey Jr.), LUCKY NUMBER 7 (Shaquille Roberts). Select filmmakers in attendance in person.
DIVING DEEP / Tuesday, November 9 / 6:00pm
COVID, redlining, farflung sunsets and more are explored in this set of dramatic shorts from across the globe: THE CATCH-UP (Annabel Grace), THE HOUSE ON CARTER ROAD (Shawn Gerrard), THE PARK (Frantzy Moreau), SUNSET IN MAKOKO (Allen Onyige), PIECE (Frantzy Moreau), MURIKA (Fedna Jacquet & Marchánt Davis). Virtual Q&A to be announced.
INNOVATION IN MOTION / Sunday, November 21 / 3:30pm
This mix of films celebrates the hilarious, the visionary, the righteous, and the revolutionary, representing the eclectic voice of Black filmmakers today: BLACK (Tamika R. Guishard), MINE (Randall Dottin & Luisa Dantas), THE ORANGE CHILD (Alexandre Desane), WOULD YOU KILL GOD TOO? (WJ Lofton & Natalie Lauren), REOPENING (Caralene Robinson), THE STRONG BOX (Hassan El-Amin), 180 SECONDS (Perry Strong), THE GOLDEN RECORD (Brandon C. Thomas & Kyle Ferguson). Select filmmakers in attendance in person, virtual Q&A to be announced.
A FAMILY AFFAIR / Wednesday, November 24 / 7:30pm
Family is what you make it, in these five films that explore the bonds, and breaks of those we hold close: BABY (Cole Swanson), PARDONED SOULS (Calvin Standifer), MADA (MOTHER) (Joseph Douglas Elmhirst), THE DELIBERATE DEATH OF MY FATHER (Rose Katché), THE TREES REMEMBER series (Angela Tucker). Select filmmakers in attendance in person.
IN MEM'RY / Sunday, November 28 / 3:30pm
Black history, and present - the painful, the poetic and the powerful - is considered in these four moving short films: UNMARKED (Brad Bennett & Chris Haley), AIR VOLTA (Jeremy Watson), GUILLERMA (Aida Esther Bueno Sarduy), I LOVE Y'ALL (Ismail Salahuddin). Select filmmakers in attendance in person, virtual Q&A to be announced.