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5th Annual Chicago South Side Film Festival returns in person next week – NBC Chicago

The 5th annual Chicago South Side Film Festival is back this year, offering hybrid and live screenings for moviegoers and filmmakers across the South Side of Chicago from Saturday through December 5th.

Executive producer and founder Michelle Kennedy said she believes the films and documentaries showing this year are great educational tools and will spark important conversation.

The festival kicks off this Saturday from 12:00 to 14:00 in the IIT Art Auditorium with the world premiere of Cicero / Mt Greenwood (1966/2016) by Ben Creech, which, according to a press release, is “a provocative film screening and” conversation about race and activism. “

Kennedy said the importance of the Chicago South Side Film Festival to black and brown underserved communities is evident as it gets them the attention she believes is missing in the city.

“We felt like the South Side was being marginalized,” said Kennedy. “The South Side filmmakers had no chance to showcase their work, and the South Side audience was dismissed as unimportant. We decided to change that narrative and create something the South Side can be proud of.”

In addition to various screenings, the Chicago South Side Film Festival is producing its first acting master class, which will be hosted by Simenon Henderson. The masterclass, an opportunity for aspiring Chicago actors to learn and improve their skills, will take place on November 28th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Parkway Ballroom.

Another aspect of this year’s festival is a virtual workshop with Chicago producer, director and writer Zanah Thirus. The event will give indie filmmakers an overview of how best to manage the post-production process on December 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CSSFF closes the 2021 celebrations with the 30th anniversary screening of “Boyz N The Hood” on December 5th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the representation of black men in the film with Derek Dow and Lonnie Edwards.

CSSFF will adhere to state and local health guidelines, which include face masks, social distancing, and evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Chicago South Side Film Festival is open to everyone, and Kennedy encourages people to come out, enjoy the surrounding communities, and learn more about them through movies.

More information and tickets for these events can be found here.

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