The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
New Breed Film Showcase: A Creative Cypher Collaboration
2018, Various directors, USA, ca. 51 min.
- Wed, Nov 20th 8:15pm
The New Breed Film Showcase is focused on highlighting emerging millennial creators and providing an environment of pure creative energy. This quarterly collaboration between Creative Cypher and the Gene Siskel Film Center consists of six films, preceded by a DJ mixer and followed by a Q&A. (Troy Pryor)
7:15 - DJ Mixer with food
8:15 - Screening:
THE SUM OF HER PARTS (Briana Clearly, 5 min.)
THE ORCHESTRA (Curtis Matzke, 6 min.)
'TIL DEATH (Asha Flowers, 7 min.)
35 YEARS TIL NOW (David Saunders, 13 min.)
BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 2 (Patrick Wimp, USA, 10 min.)
BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS: EPISODE 3 (Patrick Wimp, USA, 10 min.)
9:15 - Q&A with filmmakers Briana Clearly, Curtis Matzke, David Saunders, and Patrick Wimp, moderated by Mellisa Duprey
The Killing Floor
1984, Bill Duke, USA, 118 min.
With Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Moses Gunn
- Fri, Nov 22nd 3:45pm
- Fri, Nov 22nd 7:45pm
- Sat, Nov 23rd 2:00pm
- Sat, Nov 23rd 7:30pm
- Sun, Nov 24th 4:45pm
- Mon, Nov 25th 7:45pm
- Tue, Nov 26th 7:45pm
- Wed, Nov 27th 6:00pm
"One of the all-time great Chicago movies...a terrific history lesson, a compelling drama, and a lovingly recreated period piece all rolled into one."—Michael Glover Smith, White City Cinema
Produced independently with grassroots support from union organizations and members, THE KILLING FLOOR was broadcast on PBS, received critical acclaim, then virtually disappeared outside of murky VHS copies. A new 4K digital restoration brings back this powerfully authentic historical drama, with events and characters drawn from real life. Beginning in 1917, the hard-hitting narrative centers on Frank Custer (Leake), who leaves his destitute Mississippi farm for the promised land of Chicago. He gets a job in the stockyards, but he soon finds himself caught in a crossfire of bitter conflicts—labor against management, union workers against non-union workers, blacks against whites—that will explode in the infamous race riot of summer 1919. Director Duke (A RAGE IN HARLEM, DEEP COVER) draws vivid characterization against a broad canvas of the racial, ethnic, and class tensions that shook Chicago during a crucial period of turmoil and growth. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
Give Me Liberty
2019, Kirill Mikhanovsky, USA, 110 min.
With Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Chris Galust, Max Stoianov
- Fri, Nov 29th 2:00pm
- Fri, Nov 29th 6:15pm
- Sat, Nov 30th 3:00pm
- Sun, Dec 1st 4:30pm
- Mon, Dec 2nd 7:30pm
- Tue, Dec 3rd 8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 5th 6:00pm
“A jolt of a movie, at once kinetic and controlled…it’s irresistible.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Warm, fiercely independent…a boisterous and freewheeling joyride.”—Peter Debruge, Variety
Lurching and sprawling into new territory for comedy, this saga of one day in the life of Milwaukee medical transport van driver Vic (Galust), a conscientious young Russian American, turns into a manic melting-pot adventure. On the wacky, star-crossed day in question, Vic, who drives clients with special needs to their daily destinations, becomes the backseat protagonist in a high-energy urban road movie that puts the interlocking stories of a clutch of unscheduled passengers in the driver’s seat. Rider Tracy (Spencer), who doesn’t let a wheelchair slow down her queenly sense of command, is joined by a rambunctious group of mourners en route to an impromptu Russian funeral, including Dima (Stoianov), the life-of-the-party nephew of the deceased, and an odd assortment of regulars and hangers-on. Director Mikhanovsky’s marvelous non-professional cast of stars in the making neatly overturns any stereotypes regarding differently-abled actors, for a rollicking and profoundly touching caper. In English and Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
- Mon, Jul 15th 6:00pm
The New Breed Film Showcase is focused on highlighting emerging millennial creators and providing an environment of pure creative energy. This first quarterly collaboration between Creative Cypher and the Gene Siskel Film Center consists of four films, followed by a Q&A and a DJ mixer. (Troy Pryor)
BROTHERS FROM THE SUBURBS (2018, Patrick Wimp, 15 min.)
TRAINING WHEELS (2018, Sanicole, 15 min.)
SHOTGUN WEDDING (2018, Derek Dow, 19 min.)
WHO IS JON SAVÊGE? (2018, Lonnie Edwards, 4 min.)
7:00 Q&A with filmmakers Lonnie Edwards, Sanicole, and Patrick Wimp, moderated by Mellisa Duprey.
7:30 Mixer with DJ Mike Caliber, art, and food.
2018, Stephanie Wang-Breal, USA, 98 min.
"One of the most hopeful real-world visions of heroic women ever to fill the screen."--Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Insightful and informative...The characters are riveting and the photography is casually stylish,but the real highlight is the urgency of the work Wang-Breal captures"--Jason Bailey, Village Voice
This eye-opening documentary plunges us into a courtroom probably unlike any other we have ever seen. The people in it, from the judge on down, are nearly all women. Devoid of confrontational histrionics, the atmosphere is congenial and compassionate. The defendants are African Americans and Asian immigrants who have been arrested for prostitution, but they are not treated as criminals. It is difficult to distinguish the defense from the prosecution, because all are working toward the common goal of moving the defendants out of the revolving-door system and into more normal lives. This is the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court in New York City, which has been operating since 2004. Following three of its key players, including Judge Toko Serita, director Wang-Breal's fluid, up-close camerawork provides us with an inside look at a radically innovative and remarkably effective (although recently threatened) approach to justice. In English, Mandarin, and Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)