The 5th Annual South Side Chicago Film Festival is back in person this year, offering hybrid and live screenings for film buffs and filmmakers on the South Side of Chicago from Saturday to December 5.
Executive producer and founder Michelle Kennedy said she believes the films and documentaries to be screened this year are great educational tools and will spark important conversations.
Kicking off the festival this Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the IIT Art Auditorium is the world premiere of Cicero / Mt Greenwood (1966/2016) by Ben Creech, which, according to a statement, is “a provocative film screening. and conversation about race and activism. “
Kennedy said the importance of Chicago’s South Side Film Festival to underserved black and brown communities is obvious because it gives them the exposure they think they missed in the city.
“We felt like the South Side was marginalized,” Kennedy said. “The South Side filmmakers didn’t have a chance to showcase their work and the South Side audience was seen as unimportant and we decided to change that narrative and create something the South Side could be proud of.”
Along with various screenings, the Chicago South Side Film Festival is producing its very first Acting Master Class hosted by Simenon Henderson. The master class will give aspiring Chicago actors the opportunity to learn and hone their skills and will take place on November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Parkway Ballroom.
Another aspect of this year’s festival includes a virtual workshop with Chicago producer, director and screenwriter Zanah Thirus. The event will give independent filmmakers a taste of how best to handle the post-production process on December 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The CSSFF will close the 2021 festivities with the screening of the 30th anniversary of “Boyz N The Hood” on December 5 from noon to 2:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on black male representation in a film starring Derek Dow and Lonnie Edwards.
The CSSFF will respect national and local health guidelines, which include face masks, social distancing and proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Chicago South Side Film Festival is open to anyone, and Kennedy encourages people to go out, enjoy, and learn more about the surrounding communities through the film.
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