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Chicago boasts a long history of supplying a vivid backdrop for movies. In classics such as The Blues BrothersFerris Bueller's Day Off and High Fidelity, Chi-town earns starring roles. Films that showcase the North Side and outlying suburbs are regularly cited, but many film lovers don't realize that the South Side has a remarkable film history as well.

From the early 20th century films of Oscar Micheaux, to the array of films shot on the South Side featured in the Black Harvest Film Festival, this area's movie history showcases a rich, if often overlooked, history. The first annual South Side Film Festival remedies that situation with a line-up of South Side film classics.

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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:

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