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Film Sun Jul 07 2013
Beginning Monday, July 8 through July 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in conjunction with the Chicago Tribune Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, will feature "Best of Black Harvest Film Festival," a summer program consisting of a screening series of selected films from past festivals.
The Black Harvest Film Festival, described as "the Midwest's largest and longest-running festival dedicated to telling stories of the black experience," kicks off in Chicago on Friday, August 2; however, film fans, in anticipation of this year's festival, can attend free [select] screenings of previous showings, which will be held at various library locations (Woodson Regional, Legler, North Austin and Douglass) throughout the city.
Of the five films were selected for the "best of" screenings, three are Chicago-centric: Pamela Sherrod Anderson's The Curators of Dixon School; the story of the south side elementary school with visual art as its focus; William Cochran's Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago); and The Interrupters, Steve James' critically-acclaimed, award-winning "docu-film" that is the story of "violence interrupters"--individuals who are self-charged with curtailing violence and encouraging conflict resolution in crime-plagued and violent areas in Chicago.
Other films in the "best of" series are The Last Fall, starring Lance Gross (Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, "House of Payne") and Brooklyn Castle, Katie Dellamaggiore's story of an inner-city chess team in Brooklyn, New York.
Attendees of the film series will not only have the chance to participate in post Q&A discussions with filmmakers and directors; they will also get an opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to next month's Black Harvest Film Festival.