Black Harvest Film Festival Hogtown

This year marks the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival. While the festival officially kicked off on the first, there are still plenty of events to catch before it draws to a close on the 28th. Here are a few on our list.


Daniel Nearing's Hogtown (8/22 and 8/25) is a followup to his 2010 BHFF favorite Chicago Heights. Set in 1919 Chicago, the dream-like art film is about a detective investigating the disappearance of a movie theater millionaire. Nearing will be on hand at both screenings, along with actor Herman Wilkins and other cast and crew, to discuss the film.

The festival will also feature two more shorts programs-Love African American Style (8/15 and 8/21) and Black Noir (8/27)-which band together five smaller film selections around central themes.


Not all of the featured films are new. Bill Duke's 1991 film A Rage in Harlem, featuring Forest Whitaker and Robin Givens, will screen on August 24th, with Duke holding a Skype Q and A after the film. 

Not all of the festival's offerings are captured on celluloid. Aspiring filmmakers will want to check out The Real Deal about Filmmaking, a free panel discussion happening this Saturday, August 16th. Here, a panel of filmmakers will discuss the process of making a film, from money to casting, giving down-to-earth advice about all aspects of production, post-production and distribution.

The festival culminates with From Above (8/28), a Romeo and Juliet-type story that blends Shakespeare with Native American folklore, starring Danny Glover. Glover, along with actors Mike Wade and Clarence Gilyard, Jr., are scheduled to appear after the movie for a Q and A session with the audience. 

For a full schedule of events and ticket information, check out the Gene Siskel Film Center.