Chicago-Made Spirit Award Nom ‘We Grown Now’ at Siskel Film Center Through April 25

The critically acclaimed Independent Spirit Award nominated feature We Grown Now is back in its hometown for a highly anticipated theatrical run. The Gene Siskel Film Center will present the film April 19-25 and you can click right here for tickets and times.

This film from Chicago native, Sundance veteran, and Netflix writer Minhal Baig has earned its share of acclaim and awards during its festival run. The film won the Audience Choice Award and City & State Award at the 2023 Chicago International Film Festival. We Grown Now earned the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. And last but certainly not least, the Chicago-made drama secured three Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture.

In 1992 Chicago, as Michael Jordan solidifies himself as a champion, wide-eyed and imaginative best friends Malik and Eric traverse the city, looking to escape the mundaneness of school and the hardships of growing up in the Cabrini-Green housing projects. Their unbreakable bond is challenged when tragedy shakes their community. Directed by Chicago filmmaker Minhal Baig, the Chicago Tribune’s 2023 Film Person of the year, and hailed by critic Robert Daniels as “an unassuming character study set to poetic rhythms [that] makes for an empathetic study of Black life, full of resolve,” WE GROWN NOW is a delicate portrait of coming-of-age. 

Here is the trailer for this powerful film…

We Grown Now filmed in Chicago throughout May and June of 2022. Click here for SCREEN’s coverage of the production.

Get to Know Minhal Baig

Minhal Baig was born and raised in Rogers Park, Chicago, to Pakistani-born parents with her brother and sister. She attended Northside College Prep High School. She spent her early years engrossing herself in cinema by seeing Bollywood films at her local movie theater. She moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to pursue her career in film writing and filmmaking.

Her first film, 1 Night, starring Anna Camp, premiered at Austin Film Festival in 2016. “Between its original premise and the movie’s strong visuals, Baig proves that she’s a director and writer to watch in the future, even if there’s room to grow in the present” said the Los Angeles Times.

Baig’s breakthrough hit was Hala, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The cast was headlined by Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Anna Chlumsky, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi and Azad Khan, with Baig directing from a screenplay she wrote.

Click right here for tickets and times to support the powerful Chicago-made feature We Grown Now.

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