THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL
25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2019
The five filmmakers chosen will be announced on Closing Night of the 24th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, August 30, 2018. The commissioned films will premiere in August 2019 on Opening Night of the 25th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival.
“The Black Harvest Film Festival has always encouraged and celebrated emerging filmmakers, and it’s always been a place where filmmakers can congregate to nurture and celebrate each other’s successes. The Black Harvest production grants are a way to honor and celebrate that tradition, by offering Midwest filmmakers the opportunity to develop their vision from the notebook to the big screen,” said Jean de St. Aubin, Executive Director of the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visitwww.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.