confused by love

The last month of summer may mean shopping for school supplies and getting ready for fall for some, but in Chicago, it signals the last rush of summer festivities. One of the most anticipated events is the annual Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The 22nd annual film series runs from August 5- September 1 and features on array of film styles and discussions, including movies shot in Chicago by local filmmakers. The line-up is overflowing with special events and showings so here are a few highlights:


Confused By Love, August 8 and 10, 8:15pm

A romantic comedy that follows newlyweds struggling to make ends meet thanks to the Gucci-obsessed wife. When a high-rolling friend makes a financial proposition while bringing his girlfriend along for the ride, the situation gets crazier and funnier.

 Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey

Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey, August 14 at 5pm, August 15 at 8pm

This riveting documentary follows four teens from Chicago's South Side to Senegal, West Africa, where they learn the  significance  of the ancient tradition of drumming in African culture. The boys performed on buckets on Chicago streets but in Senegal, they struggle to adjust and understand a different lifestyle.


Class Divide, August 23, 6pm | FREE

Class Divide

The effects of gentrification in New York's Chelsea neighborhood are examined in this evocative documentary. On one side, African American and Latino residents of a housing project live while owners of new condos and an elite private school move in. Voices from both sides are highlighted in this HBO advance screening. Register for free admission here.


Love Isn't Enough, August 16 at 6:15pm, August 17at 8:15pm

A gripping tale of an interracial marriage that crumbles under society and community pressure. The film was directed by both an African American man and a Caucasian woman to provide different perspectives. The co-directors and actors will appear for discussions after the screenings.


Black Harvest Film Festival, August 5 through September 1

  • Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
  • General Admission Tickets: $11, Students and Youth: $7
  • Festival Pass: $55
  • View The Festival Schedule Here


Photos courtesy of Black Harvest Film Fest