Thursday, August 7, 2014

'20th Black Harvest Film Festival' [Started August 1] 'In Chicago (Lineup)'

James Richard’s "The Bicycle" (, Sergio Mims)

Shadow & Act: On Cinema of the African Diaspora

20th Black Harvest Film Festival Starts This Friday In Chicago (Lineup)

Sergio Mims

Just a reminder folks, that the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, starts [August 1], and ends on Thursday, August 28th..

As mentioned previously (here), on opening night, the festival will be honoring Roger and Chaz Ebert; and, later, during the festival, there will be a special screening of Bill Duke’s "A Rage in Harlem," with Duke himself doing a Q and Aia Skype, after the film (read more on that here).

And with some 50 films - including features, shorts and documentaries - that will be screened (the largest number, even in the history of Black Harvest), such as James Richard’s wonderful and endearing feature, "The Bicycle" (pictured above), it’s simply impossible to just mention a few.

So, once again, below is the complete schedule of films, including dates and times.
For more info about this year's event, go


Chicago connection
Filmmakers in person!
2014, Deri Tyton, USA, 72 min.
With Tyrell Crawford, Dan-Neika Clay

Friday, August 8, 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 9, 8:15 pm

Former Chicagoan and BHFF veteran Tyton (TOOT’S AND BLOW’S, THE PARTY
LINE) returns with a grown-up romantic drama featuring a likeable but immature protagonist.  Transplanted from Chicago to Atlanta, Preach (Crawford) is a talented poet whose inability to get over his fondness for weed or his grief for his late girlfriend Gail inhibits both his writing career and his current relationship with the mature and challenging Arika (Clay).  The arrival of a Chicago friend carrying a dangerous secret brings Preach to a crossroads where he must find--or lose--his destiny.  As in his previous films, Tyton’s easygoing actor-friendly approach pays off richly in character authenticity and development.  DigiBeta video.  (MR)

Director Deri Tyton and selected cast and crew members will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.


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