2009, Daniel Nearing, USA, 67 min.
With Andre Truss, Keisha Dyson
“Brilliant…It is a beautiful book, and has inspired this beautiful film.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The biggest hit of the 2010 Black Harvest Festival, CHICAGO HEIGHTS returns for a week-long run. Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson’s classic 1919 collection of interconnected short stories, is ingeniously transposed to a predominantly African American community in present-day South Chicago in this gorgeously photographed, beautifully scored tour de force. A dying writer contemplates the characters he wrote about in his unpublished opus The Book of the Grotesque–including a pastor tormented by lust, a doctor who records the truth about his neighbors on scraps of paper, a stern schoolteacher who roams the city at night, and a boy who dreams of leaving home to become a writer. HDCAM