Film News: WEEK TWO of 25th Black Harvest Film Festival features Made in Chicago & ‘Jezebel’

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CHICAGO – One of the longest running and most important Black film festivals is right here in Chicago, as the 25th anniversary of the Black Harvest Film Festival continues through Thursday, August 29th, 2019, at the Gene Siskel Film Center in the downtown Loop. WEEK TWO features two major shorts programs and a debut work from a first time director, for the calendar schedule, click here. The overall Festival link is below.

Among this week’s highlights are two shorts programs. Made in Chicago on August 12th at 7:45pm, featuring local directors Tristian Montgomery (“The Shine”), Ira Childs (“Loyalty), Tommy Sigmon (“In the Paint”), Latoya Hunter (“In Her Words”), Jan Johnson Goldberger (“Shooter”) and Okema “Seven” Gunn (“A Sisterhood of Signatures”). Fantastic Tales is on August 14th at 8:30pm and August 15th at 6pm, presenting six excursions in the realms of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Click the link below for short filmmaker appearances. Writer/director Numa Perrier’s film debut is “Jezebel,” a story of an internet sex worker whose self discovery becomes empowerment, and will screen August 13th at 8:30pm and August 14th at 6pm. The director will appear at both screenings.

’Jezebel’ at the 25th Black Harvest Film Festival
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Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Black Harvest Film Festival is Midwest’s largest and longest-running Black film festival, and the Gene Siskel Film Center’s most vibrant annual showcase featuring provocative films that celebrate the stories, dreams, history, and legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora. The Festival features Chicago premieres, filmmaker appearances, panel discussions, and special events. A combined total of over 50 features, documentaries, and shorts will be screened, including a number connected to Chicago, affirming the city’s role as a vital center for independent filmmaking. Black Harvest supports the Gene Siskel Film Center’s ongoing mission to present inclusive and insightful programming.

The Black Harvest Film Festival runs through August 29th, 2019, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street, Chicago. For complete details about the Festival and ticket information, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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