XL Film Festival Official Lineup Announced; Speakers Include Robert Townsend, Diallo Riddle

Creative Cypher’s XL Film Fest has released its official lineup for the three day festival beginning August 17th until August 20th. August marks the launch for the Black-owned and operated film festival that will operate throughout the entire year in Chicago.

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“After working for years as a talent, starting with background work on a Tyler Perry project, I knew my path would lead towards building infrastructure. The festival was a natural progression in a much larger ecosystem that we’ve established and provides creatives a level of access, previously not seen in Chicago. This is now even more valuable due to state of our creative industry ” said Festival Founder Troy Pryor.

On Friday, August 18, the XL Film Festival will feature panels and films at Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, located at 1452 E 53rd St. The day kicks off with a lunch at 11:00 a.m. followed by panels that weekend with speakers including Robert Townsend, Louis Carr, Jackie Taylor, George Daniels, Dana Gills (Monkeypaw Productions), Dave Jeff (Phli), Diallo Riddle (South Side), Brenda Gilbert (BRON Studios), Korporate and more.

Friday, August 18, day one of the XL festival, kicks off with a conversation with the legend Louis Carr hosted by Rufus Sims. The event will be held at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center at 9:00 am CST. Tickets for the public are available here.

Saturday, August 19, the festival will feature a conversation between legendary filmmaker and producer, Robert Townsend, hosted by radio personality Leon Rogers. Tickets for the event at the Polsky Center is available here.

On Sunday, August 20, the festival will feature The Making of the 5 Heartbeats with Robert Townsend & Rooftop Cinema x The TRiiBE at Emily Hotel, located at 311 N Morgan St.

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”XL Fest is showcasing the beautiful history and importance of black creativity that is being birthed, cultivated and persevered from Chicago,” said Creative Director Edwin Micheaux.

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