The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to a most exciting new edition of the Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video, from August 5 through September 1. Throughout the month, our screen comes alive with stories and images of the black experience on film and video. This vibrant showcase specializes in presenting new work by independent filmmakers from Chicago and around the world. As always, the festival features a bountiful array of personal appearances by filmmakers for audience discussion. There are special events and parties, too, so see individual film listings for details, and check back often for updates.
Opening Night Film
A Black Harvest Feast
2009-11, Various directors, USA, 70 min.
Enjoy a sneak preview of the 2011 “harvest” through an exciting selection of five short films conveying the spirit and vibrant feeling of the month-long festival. In Evan Allen-Gessesse’s autobiographical ERIC’S HAIRCUT (2011, 6 min.), a young boy’s trip to the barber becomes a painfully funny ordeal. In Clair Breton’s touching BRUCIE (2009, 8 min.), a dad foresees that his junkyard rambles with his tomboy daughter will end with the advent of womanhood. In Kelechi Ezie’s THE TRUTH ABOUT BEAUTY AND BLOGS (2010, 13 min.), a Webcam diva seeks to get her groove back after her man posts himself as “single” on Facebook. In THREE PRAYERS FOR JUNE (2010, 16 min.), Inna Braude brings comedy, high drama, and Vodou rituals to the story of a woman’s attempt to conceive. The casual hook-up culture of a college campus comes in for some spoofing in Raafi Rivero’s THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GUMMY BEARS (2010, 24 min.). Various video formats. (BS & MR)