Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2018

The G Force

2018, Pamela Sherrod Anderson, USA, 58 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 12th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 14th 6:00pm

With the rising trend of grandparents stepping in to raise their children's children when birth parents are unable, director Anderson (THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL) explores the phenomenon through the challenges, concerns, and joys of two unique Chicago families headed by grandmothers. "Grandma will tell you when you are wrong," declares peppery Ellen Robinson, who dotes with pride on teen grandson Patrick, even as she firmly models old-school values and insists on details like grace before meals. Grandmother Georgeanne Fischetti, who has raised young granddaughter Martha from birth, provides a home filled with warmth and laughter, and a surrogate granddad in her partner Bob. Love is the overriding message, but these loving elder parents also seek advice and peer support, and the film includes a profile of Evanston's Second Chance Grandparent Writing Group, as well as interviews with experts in legal and social services in the field. HDCAM video. (BS) FF

August 12 & 14: Director Pamela Sherrod Anderson, co-producer Sharon Zurek, and grandparents Ellen Robinson, Georgeanna Fischetti, and JoAnn Avery from Family Focus-Evanston are scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.