Black Harvest Film Festival Is Online And In Person – Get Your Tickets!By The DivaGals | November 1, 2021 | Entertainment
Black Harvest Film Festival
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center is taking its 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival online for the first time! It will take place virtually and in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting this Friday, Nov. 5.
The festival’s month-long showcase of Black stories features 28 feature films, 36 short films, several free panel discussions and tributes to both Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles. The festival will also feature over 25 separate in-person and virtual filmmaker and cast appearances.
Opening & Closing Night Festivities
On Nov. 6 — Opening Night — local Chicago entertainment reporter LeeAnn Trotter will serve as Master of Ceremonies and preside over the premiere screening of the acclaimed documentary, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over with co-director Dave Wooley in attendance. The film provides an inspiring and vibrant portrait of Warwick’s luminous six-decade (and counting) career and activism in the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. The screening is followed special dessert and drinks reception at the Renaissance Hotel. The festival will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 2 with a special 30th anniversary Closing Night screening of Spike Lee’s provocative Jungle Fever on 35mm.
Will Smith Is King Richard!
A special presentation of Reinaldo Marcus Green’s highly anticipated King Richard, starring Will Smith as the undeterred father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, who helped write these queen women into history.
Movies You Can’t Miss!
A few festival highlights you should check out:
- A Retrospective of the work of Gordon Parks.
- 4K restoration of Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s 1990 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Chamelon Street.
- Chicago theatrical premiere of Traci Curry and Stanley Nelson’s gripping documentary Attica.
- Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri‘s critically acclaimed Eyimofe (This Is My Desire).
- Black Harvest alum Kelley Kali and director Angelique Molina‘s premiere of the SXSW hit, I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking).
The festival will also present two screenings of the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song, directed by the late, great Melvin Van Peebles.
Click here for the full list of films.
How To Get Tickets
Tickets for regular in-person and virtual film presentations are $12. Black Harvest Film Festival passes cost $60 and can be redeemed for six (6) regular in-person or virtual film presentations (excluding Opening and Closing Nights). Opening Night tickets are $50 (general audience). Tickets include the screening, Q&A, and special reception.