Black Harvest, Chicago’s Black Film Festival, Soars All November with Dionne Warwick Biopic, Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’

Last updated: May 18, 2022

Dancing, drinks, and Dionne (and dessert, too!). An epic weekend of film festival in the Windy City is headlined by the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival, starting up November 5th and continuing through December 2nd, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Chicago’s Black film festival kicks off with a special Chicago premiere screening of DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with director Dave Wooley in person AND music legend Dionne Warwick herself LIVE via Zoom. A dessert + drinks reception will follow at the Renaissance Hotel.

Here’s your first look at DON’T MAKE ME OVER…


Celebrate Internationally renowned photographer Dawoud Bey this Sunday, Nov. 7 as we present him the Film Center’s Black Harvest Film Festival Legacy Award at our 1pm screening of the documentary PRISM, which tackles the issue of racism in Western filmmaking. Celebrate internationally renowned photographer Dawoud Bey this Sunday, Nov. 7 as we present him the Film Center’s Black Harvest Film Festival Legacy Award at our 1pm screening of the documentary PRISM, which tackles the issue of racism in Western filmmaking.

Explore the full festival lineup, including KING RICHARD (with Will Smith as the father of Serena and Venus Williams); a Gordon Parks retrospective (featuring both SHAFT and LEADBELLY in 35mm; Melvin Van Peebles’ SWEET SWEETBACK’S BADASSSS SONG (in 35mm); the newly restored “lost masterpiece of Black American cinema,” CHAMELEON STREETsix exciting shorts programs IT’S DIFFERENT IN CHICAGO by Chicago’s own David Weathersby; and much more. 

SCREEN will be bringing you exclusive photos and interviews throughout the month.

Passes and individual tickets are now on sale. Let the celebration begin!

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