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Opening Night of Chicago’s 29th Black Harvest Film Festival

Friday, November 3rd, kicked off Gene Siskel Film Center’s 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. The host for opening night was LeeAnn Trotter from NBC 5. Black Harvest will run through November 16th. The festival includes 10 short film programs and 20 feature-length films. This year’s theme is “Revolutionary Visions.”read more.

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Jada-Amina Harvey Talks Black Harvest Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center has named Jada-Amina Harvey as the lead curator for this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival. The festival is in its 29th year and will run from November 3rd through November 16th. The festival will show 20 feature-length films. There will be 10 short film programs, as well.read more.

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Memory Lane: Barbara Turner, Robert Altman, & Me

Today, I am celebrating a milestone intimately connected with my own life: The world premiere of The Company – twenty years ago today – at the Toronto International Film Festival

In 2003, I was in Chicago – in a period of transition from my old life as a health care computer consultant to my new life as a writer – when I learned that Indie Icon Robert Altman was also in Chicago making a new film with our world-renown Joffrey Ballet Company.… read more.

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‘The Janes’ Filmmakers Win duPont-Columbia Journalism Award!

On Monday, February 6th, Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin won the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton award for their documentary The Janes. The Alfred I. duPontColumbia University Awards honor excellence in television, radio and digital journalism, and are considered some of the most prestigious awards in journalism. read more.

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Moving Through Grief with Rat Tally’s ‘In My Car’

In My Car is an album that documents the movement and geography of loneliness and grief that follow you around, regardless of where you are. There is a lingering reflection in each song, a testament to the inevitable, symbiotic relationship that transpires when you haunt a place and when that place haunts you back.… read more.

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Not Dead and Certainly Not Pretending: L7’s Anniversary Tour

At a time when so many bands are getting back together or touring old material for what seems like nostalgia checks, L7 is doing what they’ve always done: putting on a good show for the sake of the music. Nothing more, nothing less.

FF2 guest post by Yoana Tosheva

My introduction to the band was through Mark Lanegan’s memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep.… read more.

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