Film Festival

Film has long been a medium for social change. Many issues that would otherwise go unnoticed (or unaddressed) found a platform through powerful and artistic means. Chicago celebrates this tradition with the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival (September 27-29); a weekend-long event designed to inspire people to change the world.

These fascinating, but often overlooked stories, get to inhabit the largest movie theatre in Chicago for an entire weekend of discourse. From September 27-29 at the Showplace ICON Movie Theatre (150 W. Roosevelt), the festival is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and sponsored by socially conscious Chicago businesses like Roosevelt University and cityvida.com.

Films in the festival tackle the human experience in compelling ways, and seek to help us see the humanity in issues like youth gun violence, justice, revolution, living differently, and American experiences. Not only are all of the films interesting, enlightening, and inspiring, but the festival features a number of events to allow attendees plan their next socially conscious endeavor.

The opening event (9/27) features a speech from Golden Globe-winning actress and activist, Regina Taylor, while later that night, audiences will be part of a powerful viewing of Academy Award winning filmmaker, Haskell Wexler's new film, "Four Days in Chicago." Attendees will also get a sneak peak of the highly anticipated film "The '63 Boycott," by Gordon Quinn. A rousing Q&A session with Quinn is built into the program.

For a weekend of powerful messages, education, discourse, and celebration of social change, visit http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=112203274 for tickets.

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