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Podtalk: Okema 'Seven' Gunn of ‘Black Mama Sable’ at 26th Black Harvest Film Fest

CHICAGO – The 26th edition of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) continues with online and virtual access. One of the short films, in the program “Voices of Our Time,” is writer/director Okema “Seven” Gunn’s “Black Mama Sable.”

Podtalk: David Weathersby of ‘The District’ at 26th Black Harvest Film Fest, thru Nov. 30, 2020

District, The

CHICAGO – On Friday, November 6th, 2020, the 26th edition of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) opened for online and virtual access. The BHFF is one of the country’s most prestigious black-oriented film celebrations in the country, and will run throughout the month of November until Monday the 30th.

Podtalk: Director Kerri Lyn Walsh at Midwest Film Fest Ad Community Shorts Night, Oct. 21, 2020

Midwest FF Ad Community

CHICAGO – The Midwest Film Festival continues their 2020 Fall Drive-In Programs on October 21st, 2020, with the presentation of “Ad Community Shorts Night.” Doors open at 5:30pm at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In near the Pilsen neighborhood … click here for ticket purchasing information.

Film News: Union & Indie Passion Shorts Night at Midwest Film Festival, Sept. 29, 2020

Union & Passion Night

CHICAGO – The Midwest Film Festival adds three fall dates to their revived 2020 season and kicks off on September 29th, 2020, with a Drive-In presentation of “Union & Indie Passion Shorts Night.” Doors open at 6pm at the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In near the Pilsen neighborhood … click here. for tic

Podtalk: Lonnie Edwards is Chicago Onscreen, Sept. 12, 2020

CHICAGO – As an artist, it doesn’t get any more high profile than filmmaker and man-as-happening maestro Lonnie Edwards. Edwards will be showcasing his latest short film, “Periphery,” as part of The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, a health-friendly outdoor screening event on Saturday, September 12th, 2020.

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Screens 'Inception,' AMC ReOpens, Plus Gene Siskel At-Home Series

Inception (10th Anniversary)

CHICAGO – An exciting opening on Friday, August 14th, 2020, for the historic Music Box Theatre (which was the first movie house to open with safety precautions last month). They will be the ONLY movie theater in America to screen the 70mm print of director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” AMC Theaters in Chicago and surrounding suburbs are re-opening on August 20th.

UPDATE: Music Box Theatre IS OPEN! Gene Siskel Center Continues At-Home Screenings

CHICAGO – Using safety-first precautions, the Music Box Theatre of Chicago has reopened as of July 3rd for limited seating (see link below for details). The Gene Siskel Film Center continues “Film Center From Your Sofa.”

Interview Flashback: Perspective Through Filmmaker Lonnie Edwards

Lonnie Edwards

CHICAGO – Back in 2017, I had the honor to talk to one of my favorite Chicago filmmakers, absorbing his highly tuned perspective. Lonnie Edwards broke out in 2014 with the award-winning short film “Parietal Guidance,” and from there has commented on black and societal issues with his films “A Ferguson Story,” “Exodus: Sounds of the Great Migration” and his latest “Periphery.”

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and Gene Siskel Film Center At-Home Screenings

Music Box, Gene Siskel Center

CHICAGO – Both the Music Box Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center have continued their at-home screenings, due to the physical theaters staying closed for now. Below are the updates to their current offerings.

UPDATE: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre & Gene Siskel Film Center Continue At-Home Screenings

Music Box, Gene Siskel Center

CHICAGO – Both the Music Box Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center have continued their at-home screenings, due to the physical theaters having to close during the pandemic quarantine. Below are the updates to their current offerings.

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