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Best of Black Harvest – West: Film Shorts and Spoken Word

April 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Best of Black Harvest Short Films and Spoken Word

Best of Black Harvest – West: Film Shorts, Special Guests & Spoken Word Performance

Film Shorts:

Brooks People – 2017, Shahari Moore USA, 22 min. A tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks, the Chicago-based poet who was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Rolling in the Deep – 2017, Marcellus Cox USA, 12 min. A Black World War II veteran demands to be served in a Whites Only diner. Based on a true incident.

Just Chill: A Documentary Portrait of Artist Ron Hill – 2015, Brian Chaplin USA, 7 min. Ron Hill aka “Chill” recalls his parallel careers in the worlds of advertising (as a designer) and hip-hop (as a d.j. and graffiti artist).

The Audition: A Long Road to Stardom – 2017, Ben J. Moore III USA, 15 min. Aspiring actress Mylisa experiences the rude and ridiculous realities of the audition process.

A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago – 2017, Ytasha L. Womack USA, 14 min. An Afrofuturist experimental dance film, performed in the corridors, stairwells, and basements of South Side Chicago.S

Special Guests: Directors Shahari Moore of Brooks People and Ytasha Womack of A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago.

Spoken Word Performances by After School Matters teens inspired by the films and the Garfield Park Conservatory collection. GPC Urban Roots teens will be helping out during the event, and starting at 4:30pm will be in the collection highlighting their favorite plants so come early!

The Gene Siskel Film Center brings the Best of Black Harvest Film Festival back to Garfield Park Conservatory this spring! New this year, the series of screenings will also include showings at the BBF Family Services (formerly known as Better Boys Foundation). The Best of Black Harvest Film Festival highlights films from past years. These screenings are made possible by generous support provided by Allstate.

Garfield Park Conservatory will also host a screening on May 16.

BBF Family Services is hosting screenings on April 28 and May 11.

All screenings are FREE and include a post-film discussions with filmmakers and special guests. All ages, and especially teens, are all encouraged to come! Doors open at 5:15pm with screenings starting a 5:40pm and light refreshments will be served.


April 18, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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