One of Chicago's most anticipated summer movie events is the annual Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Celebrating the diverse stories and histories of the black experience, the 23rd annual fest offers an assortment of shorts, documentaries, dramas, comedies, romances, thrillers and workshops throughout the month of August. This year's event also features the Black Harvest Marketplace, an array of black businesses offering one-of-a-kind products on Saturday, August 19 from 1-5pm.
Consider these movie highlights for end of summer fun.
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Friday August 11, 8:30pm
Saturday August 12, 6pm
The Chicago premiere of the riveting Showtime documentary, "Whitney: Can I Be Me," explores the struggles and tormented personal history of legendary pop star Whitney Houston. This candid portrait traces Whitney's early life and her relationships with her music-focused family, her difficult marriage to Bobby Brown, struggle with drug addiction and her heart-breaking death at 48-years-old. A post screening dance party will celebrate her most popular hits on Friday.
90 Minutes of the Fever
Saturday August 19, 6pm
Sunday August 20, 5:15pm
A Sci-Fi thriller that weaves through an eerie plot of fire, explosions and melodrama, "90 Minutes of the Fever" takes viewers on an unforgettable journey. An LA family battles it out over uncovered secrets as riots, firearms and martial law take over the streets outside their home. Director Michael Sean Hall and actor Glenn Plummer will appear at both screenings.
Friday, August 25 at 6:15pm
Saturday August 26 at 8:30pm
A contemporary romantic comedy that puts the spotlight on a group of "bougie babes" searching or trying to keep love, "Diva Diaries" examines the challenges of personal relationships with a light-hearted spin. Four LA professionals who have been tight-knit friends since high school, go on hilarious escapades while tackling the city's fast-paced dating scene. Actor and producer Tangi Miller produced and directed the feature and will appear for audience discussions at both screenings.
The Black Harvest Film Festival continues through August 31, 2017. Get the complete schedule and find ticket information at siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest.