Artists call Englewood film fest a success

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CHICAGO (AP) — The first film festival in Chicago’s downtrodden Englewood neighborhood is being considered a success by area filmmakers and neighborhood residents.

CHICAGO (AP) — The first film festival in Chicago’s downtrodden Englewood neighborhood is being considered a success by area filmmakers and neighborhood residents.

About 250 people attended the closing documentary screening Saturday of the two-day event. It featured five independent films.

Chicago filmmaker Mark Harris put on the festival in hopes of taking steps toward changing the neighborhood where he grew up.

Englewood currently has Chicago’s most violent crime incidents and has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

There were a few technical glitches. The picture went out a few times during films and some attendees complained the sound was low.

Forty-year-old Keesha Beasley brought her two daughters, including one who wants to be a producer. Beasley was happy to attend the event, saying there aren’t enough cultural events in the neighborhood.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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