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The Chicago South Side Film Festival

September 25 - October 4, 2020

Chicago, IL

Join us online to celebrate the South Side on film with a diverse selection of short films, animation, documetaries, and music videos.

(Please note: Films are only available for specified times for this festival.  Please make careful note of the times before purchasing tickets or passes.)

No Lye: An American Beauty Story
Available: Friday, September 25th – 12pm - 7pm CST (NO LONGER AVAILABLE) 55 min Documentary, History Directed by Bayer Mack

This award-winning documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the Black-owned beauty business,  and examines the impact of popular culture on Black beauty standards.  Many of its subjects are people and companies with ties to Chicago's South Side.

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Unlearning Sex
Available: Saturday, September 26th – 7am - 7pm CST (NO LONGER AVAILABLE) 38 min Documentary, Biography Directed by Zanah Thirus

A documentary that offers a front row seat to a survivor’s six-month journey through sexual trauma therapy & healing, and reclaiming her body.

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Far East Deep South
Available: Sunday, September 27th – 7am - 7pm CST 76 min Documentary, History Directed by Larissa Lam

A documentary about the Chiu family's surprising journey through Mississippi in search of lost family history. They meet a diverse group of residents and historians who shed light on the complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. 

This film will only be available to view between 7 AM and 7 PM CST on Sunday, September 27th.

40th: The Story of Bishop Robert Williams and Roberts Temple
Available: Thursday, October 1st – 7am - 7pm CST 35 min Documentary, History Directed by Lora Branch

A documentary that tells the story of Bishop William Roberts and the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, and explores its place in Chicago's Black History - including the funeral of Emmett Till.

This film will only be available to view between 7 AM and 7 PM CST on Thursday, October 1st.

Coming of Age & Legacy
84 min

Carrying and contending with traditions, finding faith and defining identity, life-changing events and putting the pieces back together after... this diverse collection of short films explores many of life's precious moments and greatest challenges.

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South Side & Beyond
68 min

Piercing the veil to bargain with the divine, turning the digital into the physical, a classic tale of betrayal in noir, warring supernatural factions, and futuristic double lives are just a taste of the creative twists on reality South Side filmmakers bring to life in this collection of short films.

This short film program will only be available to view between 7 AM and 7 PM CST on Saturday, October 3rd.

No Lye: An American Beauty Story - Panel Discussion
Friday, Sep 25, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

FREE EVENT!

Join us to talk about No Lye: An American Beauty Story. Filmmaker Bayer Mack will discuss how and why he made the film, and hair stylist Stephanie Luster of the Essations hair care line will tell us about her family's history in the Black beauty industry.

All event times are Central Time.

Unlearning Sex - Panel Discussion
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

FREE EVENT!

Join filmmaker Zanah Thirus and Therapist Anisha Cooper to talk about Zanah's film Unlearning Sex, and discuss how to reclaim your sexuality after trauma.

All event times are Central Time.

Coming of Age & Legacy - Filmmaker Q & A
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm

FREE EVENT!

Meet the filmmakers whose short films are featured in the South Side & Beyond showcase - Elena Valentine (Humans @ Work), Aretha Tatum (Passed Over), Okema Gunn (A Sisterhood of Signatures), Eleva Singleton  (The New Mother), TJ Ali (An American Boy), and Tristian Montgomery (The Shine), and China Colston (Big Chops).

All event times are Central Time.

Far East Deep South - Filmmaker Q & A
Sunday, Sep 27, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

FREE EVENT!

Learn amount the parallel histories of Blacks and Chinese people in the Mississippi Delta in a conversation with Baldwin Chiu (Producer) and Larissa Lam (Director) of Far East Deep South.

All event times are Central Time.

40th: The Story of Bishop William Roberts and Roberts Temple - Panel Discussion
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

FREE EVENT!!

Filmmaker Lora Branch discusses why and how she made 40th: The Story of Bishop William Roberts and Roberts Temple with....TBD

All event times are Central Time.

South Side & Beyond - Filmmaker Q & A
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm

FREE EVENT!

Meet the filmmakers whose short films are featured in the South Side & Beyond showcase - Jessica Tolliver (Liar), Derrick Cameron (It Never Crossed My Mind), Arkier Burton (Confusion), Regina Hoyles (Adullam), Shaquille Roberts (Let Go), and Vick Lee (The Inbox Interviews).

All event times are Central Time.

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