The South Side Short Film Series Features Talented and Emerging Filmmakers | Chicago Reel


In storytelling, there are four Ps: people, place, purpose, and plot. the South Side Short Series, Reel Black Filmmakersa program of Chicago’s Community Film Workshop, will feature five short films illustrating the power of the four Ps.

South Side Short Series, Reel Black Filmmakers to Wednesday February 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. through Zoom.

Featured filmmakers are cohorts from the Production Institute at Logan Media Center, which is a partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

“I am thrilled that we are able to spotlight unique stories from South Side filmmakers for the second year in a row. It is encouraging to see how these filmmakers have worked collectively and diligently to make their shorts, said the filmmaker. Derek Gracelead instructor for the Production Institute.

Featured filmmakers include:

  • Cathleen Campbell, “Unsung Heroes in Chicago”
    The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. could never have led the famous March on Washington if it hadn’t been for an unsung group of black Chicago businessmen secretly raising emergency funds to advance the Movement.
  • Devorah Crable, ‘Wire’
    A college administrator’s enraged frustration with an unscrupulous car dealer triggers an emotional breakdown that leads him to contemplate a murder plot involving Chicago’s colorful underworld.
  • Leo ‘Brother. El ‘Freeman, ‘Feeling First: A Recipe for Inspiration’
    Evoking the natural powers of food and music with the world’s first intersectional vegan cookbook and sound design album, this documentary explores the creation of the world’s first vegan cookbook and sound design album that celebrates the association interdisciplinary of nourishing food and music with healing recipes and sound. .
  • Rigoberto Gomez, ‘Amor Eterno’ (Eternal Love)
    After being in a catatonic state of depression and anxiety for 29 days, Cortez battles his sanity and institutionalized racism to retrieve his mother’s corpse from the state – a day before they cremate her – to bury him with dignity and grace.
  • Vic Lee, Diary-a-Scene
    An artistic couple decide to write a film together and challenge the script. It’s a curious, meta ride through the fifth wall.

“They give us stories and perspectives that we don’t often see on the big screen. It was an honor to be their lead instructor,” Grace added.

Margaret Caples, executive director of the Community Film Workshop, said that “every year, cohorts produce stories about the uniqueness of our hometown and the breadth of our experiences.” The series spotlights the emerging talent of new and seasoned filmmakers from black and underserved communities on Chicago’s South Side.

‘I am very excited about the upcoming 2021 Production Institute screenings in the Reel Black Filmmakers’ South Side Short Series. The series highlights the Production Institute’s ability to impart essential video production skills and knowledge to its program participants,” shared Kamau Tyehimbafilmmaker and co-founder of Reel Black Filmmakers.

Tyehimba praised the leadership of Margaret Caplesexecutive director of the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and its core teaching team of Derek Grace and Keisha Chavers.

The South Side series of shorts is free. Registration is mandatory. REGISTER HERE

For more information on the Chicago Community Film Workshop and Reel Black Filmmakersvisit: cfwchicago.org


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