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BHFF Goes Virtual in November Due to COVID-19

The Black Harvest Film Festival, hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, should be starting in August. But, due to COVID-19, the festival will be virtual from November 6 through November 30. The festival, annual since 1994, recognizes independent films of international Black cultures. Director of Programming and cofounder of BHFF Barbara Scharres […]

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Dynamic Duos of Dames: A Celebration of the Work of Susanna Fogel

Dynamic Duos of Dames: A Celebration of the Work of Susanna Fogel Susanna Fogel is a wonderful screenwriter and director, probably best known for her most recent film, Booksmart, a comedy directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Beanie Feldstein and Katelyn Dever, nominated for a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, and for the Writers Guild […]

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Night Catches Us is prevalent to Black Lives Matter Movement

Director/writer Tanya Hamilton creates a dynamic and prevalent film about the plight of Black people in America. Night Catches Us takes place during the 1970s Black Power era, Marcus Washington (Anthony Mackie) returns home to his neighborhood in Philadelphia. Cops harass the residents. In this all-Black environment, there is immense tension. He reunites with an […]

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Peier “Tracy” Shen wishes Truffaut was still around to tell us everything is okay

“As a director, you need to explain your ideas to like fifty people, and you have to somehow be consistent. You share a lot.”

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Alexandra Byrne excels at designing for historical dramas

There aren’t many costume designers who excel at designing for period films the way that Byrne does.

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From one filmmaker to another—Peier “Tracy” Shen talks about the complex relationship between a filmmaker and her films

Peier “Tracy” Shen is a young writer and director from Wuxi, China, who has been studying, living, and creating films in the United States for a number of years now. As a child she wanted to become a pianist, but this slowly evolved into a passion for writing. During college she realized that film combined many artistic mediums, including music and writing, so over a summer break in Shanghai, she picked up a camera and decided to direct for the first time. Now, she is a graduate from American Film Institute and currently resides in Los Angeles with a number of completed short films under her belt.

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