Aug 4th 2018

Join Master of Ceremonies LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago for the opening night celebration. This year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership will be presented to Pemon Rami, filmmaker and former Director of Education and Public Programs for the DuSable Museum of African American History; and Maséqua Myers, curator, teacher, and Executive Director of the South Side Community Arts Center. Immediately following the show A Black Harvest Feast, the audience is invited to join our celebrity guests for a reception at Joffrey Tower (10 E. Randolph St.), home of the Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

This year’s “harvest” merits a celebration; enjoy a sneak preview of the festival’s bountiful creativity through these four short films: Sanicole’s Chicago-set father-daughter drama TRAINING WHEELS (2018, 15 min.); Derek Dow’s Juneteenth relationship showdown SHOTGUN WEDDING (2018, 19 min.); Praheme’s comic chronicle of a hookup with staying power STUCK (2018, 17 min.); and Shayla Racquel’s evocative drama RIVERMENT (2018, 19 min.), in which family activism comes full circle. (BS, MR)

Filmmakers Sanicole, Derek Dow, Praheme, and (tentative) Shayla Racquel are scheduled to be present.

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