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Enter to win tickets to the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 15th Annual Black Harvest by writing a blog. Click here for more information.

Enter to win tickets to the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 15th Annual Black Harvest!

Good news! If you subscribe to the digital edition of the Chicago Defender between August 12, 2009 and August 30, 2009, you are automatically entered into the contest and are not required to complete the blog submission below.

How do I win if I’m not a digital subscriber?

1) Sign up for a free membership on the Chicago Defender Web site.

2) Submit a blog (500 words or less) on the Chicago Defender Web site in regards to one of the two following topics:

  • If I had a one-on-one meeting with President Barack H. Obama, I would advise him on ______________ in hopes that he would choose _____________.
  • Only ________________ will stop the violence with Chicago youth.

Rules: Blogs that are under 300 words or over 500 words will automatically be disqualified. The blogger must be 18 or older. No blogs can include any language that is deemed racist, sexist, discriminatory on the basis of age, religion or handicap. Staff bloggers and guest bloggers are not eligible to enter this contest nor are any Real Times Media employees. At the top of each blog, the blogger must include the blogger’s full name and email address for contact purposes.

3) The blogger will not be required to notify anyone of the blog posting. The Web Editor will check each day for posted blogs and distribute the blogs on for judging. The blogs will be evaluated by unbiased Chicago Defender employees and/or Chicago Defender volunteers.

4) Ticket winners will be notified on a weekly basis each Monday until August 31 end of day. Contest starts on August 13, 2009 and ends on August 31. Gene Siskel Film Center will be responsible for the winner’s tickets that will be available at Will Call, and the tickets will be valid for any day and any show until the festival ends in August for one show. Three pairs of tickets will be given out each week. One grand prize winner will get a pass to all of the shows for the month of August.

How do I purchase tickets instead? What is the 15th Annual Black Harvest’s International Film Festival?

International Festival of Film and Video: Start date–August 7-September 3 The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago presents its 15th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video. The Midwest’s largest festival of the Black experience on film, Black Harvest showcases Chicago premieres of 21 features and documentaries and 22 short films. Special events include opening night A Black Harvest Feast (August 7) featuring five short films that convey the spirit and vibrant feeling of the festival with a number of filmmakers in person. Harmene Hartman, publisher/editor-in-chief of N’DIGO, will receive the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership in person. Hill Harper will receive the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award and convey his gratitude via DVD. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter will emcee the program. Other events include "Date on State" (August 14), Real Men Cook (August 21), advance screenings of "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry" (August 9) and Blaxploitation parody "Black Dynamite" (August 15 and 20), festival panel discussion "How to Get a Movie Made" (August 15), and a number of filmmaker and special guest appearances. This year, festival passes are available for $50-see six films for the price of five plus six free popcorn, an $83 value! Tickets are $10/general admission, $7/students, and $5/Film Center members. The Gene Siskel Film Center is located at 164 N. State St.

Learn more about Black Harvest at www.siskelfilmcenter.org or call 312-846-2800. http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/siskelfilmcenter/2009/august/1.html

For more information, contact: — Karen Cross Durham Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing Gene Siskel Film Center School of the Art Institute of Chicago 164 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601 kdurham@saic.edu (email) 312-846-2074 (direct) 312-332-5859 (fax) 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) 312-846-2600 (general number

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