Dave Leonard, NBC5 Street Team, (Video)
If you haven’t made it over to the 14th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video, what are you waiting for?
The Gene Siskel Film Center located at 164 N. State Street is hosting the 14th edition of the festival until the 28th of August and is showcasing some great short and feature length feature films about the Black experience from talented filmmakers from around the world with special emphasis on Chicago’s very own talents.
In addition to the various screenings, there are great workshops for aspiring filmmakers that take place and plenty of guest speakers who provide the audience a chance to have a Q&A session after viewing their projects.
There are several features in this year’s festival including a return visit from Deri Tyton’s hook-up comedy “The Party Line” and new entries, “Caught In The Game” and “T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L.” Two powerful documentaries also make their debut at this year’s festival, “The Black List Vol. 1″ and the post-Katrina film, “Trouble In The Water”.
If you’re in the downtown area around Randolph and State this evening, you should stop on by the Gene Siskel Film Center and catch two great films screening tonight. The first is the explosive family drama, “The Opposite Of Life” directed by David Muhammad which plays at 6:15pm. Immediately following that at 8:30p, Christopher Nolen’s (No, not that Christopher Nolen) sexy thriller “Subtle Seduction” makes a repeat screening with the director and star Jaci Williamson in attendance. Yours truly also makes a hilarious cameo in the film.
Most of the screenings cost about the regular price of any movie theater ticket…about $9. An extra added feature to the Black Harvest Film Festival is a free vendor’s market in the gallery/cafe area of the upstairs part of the film center where free demonstrations of production equipment and information are provided.
Support independent filmmaking in Chicago and make sure you catch a couple of great films at the Black Harvest Film Festival before it closes up. For screening info and times, go to www.siskelfilmcenter.org