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On Friday (Aug 2) world renowned artist and Chicagoan Theaster Gates was honored with the Deloris Jordan Community Leadership award at the opening reception of the 19th annual Black Harvest International Film Festival. LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago returned again this year as emcee for the event. This year’s opening night reception also included preview of four short films: The Silent Treatment, A Different Tree, Jonah and Barbasol.
The Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership was established in 2002 by the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Black Harvest Community Council to recognize individuals who have generously contributed their time and resources to the Chicago community. Past recipients include Actor & rapper Common, Samuel Akainyah, Merri Dee, Bonnie DeShong, Hermene Hartman, and Warner Saunders, Regina Taylor, Quintin and Diane Primo. In attendance for the opening night reception were Siskel Film Center Advisory Board members, Melissa Sage Fadim and Jamey Fadim, Eda Davidman, Ellen Sandor, Chaga Walton, David Hundley, Siskel Film Center Director Jean de St. Aubin, renowned photographer and Columbia College professor Dawoud Bey, Darryl Dennard and many more.
The 19th annual Black Harvest Film Festival has a lineup incredibly full of great films and special features that include an appearance and Q &A by star of The Man in the Silo Ernie Hudson Aug. 9 @ 8:15pm.
On August 10 In Search of the Black Knight looks at the fact that many African American professional women lament the shortage of eligible Black men; Post-screening, there will be Speed Date on State hosted by Sonny; created by The Elizabeth Nichole Experience.
On Aug. 24 at 6:15pm, Panel Discussion! Action! The Real Deal about Filmmaking: Money, Casting, Production and Distribution, headed by Black Harvest festival consultant Sergio Mims and filmmakers.
Black Harvest is the Midwest’s largest festival of the black experience on film and will showcase 40 features and the festival continues throughout the month until August 29. CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE
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