The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.
Here is a list of films playing this week that will wrap up this year’s festival:
To Sleep with Anger
Monday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
1990, Charles Burnett, USA, 102 min. with Danny Glover, Paul Butler.
“To Sleep with Anger” is a dark, semi-mystical comedy featuring Danny Glover as Harry Mention, a trickster who places himself into a middle-class South Central household to cause some serious trouble.
How to Tell You’re a Douchebag
Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
2016, Tahir Jetter, USA, 80 min. with Charles Brice, Dewanda Wise.
In “How to Tell You’re a Douchebag,” Ray (Brice) 100% player and lightly employed writer of the blog “Occasionally Dating Black Women,” meets his match in Rochelle (Wise), a fellow writer with a high-powered career and a healthy disdain for his bed-hopping ways.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
2015, Lawrence Lee Wallace, USA, 100 min. with Kimberly Washington, Brian C. Green.
“Sunshine Day” is based on Chicago author April Tylon-Warren’s novel and coming-of-age story that takes place on Chicago’s South Side in 1970s. Sunshine (Washington) settles down with Josh (Green), but marriage and motherhood bring challenges.
Saving Barbara Sizemore
Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
2016, David J. Steiner, USA, 83 min.
This documentary on the Betty Shabazz-Barbara A. Sizemore Academy shows how its school community fought back when it was one of four charter schools put on the chopping block by Chicago Public Schools in 2015.
Agents of Change: Black Students and The Transformation of the American University
Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
2016, Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, USA, 66 min
In this documentary, filmmakers Dawson and Ginzberg combine first-person recollections with powerful archival footage and photographs to tell the little-known story of the late-Sixties grassroots struggle that led to the creation of departments of black and ethnic studies at American colleges and universities. Dawson and Ginzberg will be present for audience discussion.
For more information on these films or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest.