2 day South Side Film Fest Showcase
Organized by Jacqueline Stewart, UChicago professor of Cinema + Media Studies, director of the South Side Home Movie Project and curator of Cinema 53
Last Year 2018 | (2019 info to come)
South Shore native Alisa Starks, founder of ICE Theater, presents an update on plans for the new “eatertainment” center being developed at 7054 S Jeffrey, which will include a dine-in cinema, a boutique bowling center, a Creole-inspired restaurant, and an event venue, as a part of a community effort to revitalize the 71st Street business district in South Shore.
Financed by Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony magazine, the film encourages advertisers to promote their products and services in the African-American media.
Yvonne Welbon, founder and CEO of Sisters in Cinema, presents the award-winning film that launched her organization.
Sisters in Cinema (Yvonne Welbon, 2003, 62 min)
"When I started film school in 1991 I only knew the name of one African American woman director -- Julie Dash.” Sisters in Cinema is a seminal work that pays homage to African American women filmmakers who made history against all odds, such as Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Darnell Martin, Dianne Houston, Neema Barnette, Cheryl Dunye, Kasi Lemmons and Maya Angelou, and illuminate a history that has remained hidden for too long.
A documentary which offers a historical overview of the lives and the films of African American women feature film directors from the early part of the 20th century to the early part of the 21st. Screened in over 50 film festivals and venues around the world. Winner Best Documentary African Diaspora Film Festival- Audience Award. Received the inaugural St. Louis International Film Festival – Women in Film Award. Broadcast on Starz! Encore, TV-ONE
The Taste of Dirt (Yvonne Welbon, 2003, 12 min)
An AFI Directing Workshop for Women narrative short film exploring issues of race and class experienced by 7-year-old African American girls on the school playground. Nationally broadcast on PBS.
Floyd Webb, co-founder of Black World Cinema (with Alisa Starks) in 2005, hosts selections from their ongoing film series, which features seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world, with a mission to present stories with compelling content and a human dimension seldom seen in mainstream cinema.
Tracking the Pale Fox: Studies on the Dogon (Luc De Heusch, 1984, 48 min)
Entertainer Josephine Baker and Boxer Panama Al Brown provide funding for the famous 1931 expedition of research on the Dogon ethnic group By anthropologist Marcel Griaule, establishing the original expedition in the context of French anthropology at the time. Jean Rouch, celebrated film-maker and less known as an anthropologist on the Dogon, narrates part of the story, and interviews Dogon elders and veteran expedition member Germaine Dieterlan.
Charleston (Jean Renoir, France, 1927, 17 min)
2028 A.D. A story based on the decline of Western Civilisation, in which a black explorer discovers the Charleston being danced by a white aborigine in the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Paris
Twaaga (Invincible) (Cedric Ido, France, 2013, 30 min)
Burkina Faso in 1985 is a country in the throes of revolution. Manu, a young boy who loves comics, tags along with his big brother Albert. When Albert decides to undergo a magic ritual, Manu realizes there are real powers to rival even those of superheroes.
It is 10pm and flashing red and blue lights surround my car. Bright flashlights are beaming in my eyes. The officer shouts "Roll all the windows down...now. License and registration out the window." ...Fear is gripping my body as I clench the steering wheel. The officer says "All clear. Ma'am, slow down". I survived this time, but would my son?
Cinema 53 is a new screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color. A partnership between the historic Harper Theater in downtown Hyde Park and the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry, Cinema 53 brings together scholars, artists, students and audiences from the South Side and beyond to consider how visual cultures reflect, and reflect upon, enduring inequalities and revolutionary futures. Curated by Gray Center director Jacqueline Stewart.
Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class (William Greaves, 1968, 88 min)
Still A Brother presents a variety of perspectives on status and the concerns of the emerging African-American middle class at a time of intense racial, social, cultural, and political turmoil. Narrated by legendary civil rights activist, author, actor, poet, director, and playwright Ossie Davis, the film presents a wide range of perspectives and questions the impact of middle class aspirations on the fight for equal rights and civil liberty in the 1960s.