Aug 5th 2017

Join Masters of Ceremonies Felicia Middlebrooks, morning co-anchor, WBBM Newsradio/CBS, and Christian Farr, general
assignment reporter, NBC 5 Chicago, for the opening night celebration honoring Donnie Smith, Executive Director of Donda’s House, Inc., and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Creative Director of Donda’s House Inc., with this year’s Deloris Jordan
Award for Excellence in Community Leadership. Immediately following the show A Black Harvest Feast, the audience is
invited to join our celebrity guests for a reception sponsored by MillerCoors at Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph St.), home of
the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

This year’s “harvest” is bountiful: enjoy a sneak preview of the festival’s diversity through these four short films: Derek Dow’s sibling-rivalry comedy, MAMA, I MADE IT; Nathan Hale Williams and Fredrique Aponte’s thought-provoking romantic drama 90 DAYS; Shahari Moore’s Gwendolyn Brooks tribute BROOKS PEOPLE; and Patrick James Thomas’s touching coming-of-age drama CUT MY HAIR, BARBER.

Filmmmakers Derek Dow, Nathan Hale Williams, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, Sol Aponte, Shahari Moore, Patrick James Thomas, and selcted members of their casts and crews will be present.

Special admission price for this program (includes reception): General Admission $25; Students $20; Members $15. Proceeds from this screening benefit the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center. No free passes, blue tickets, or Black Harvest festival passes will be valid for this screening.

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