Chicago Park District’s Chicago Onscreen Film Series to Showcase 18 Local Films in Parks Across the City

8/29/2017
Dig In
Chicago OnScreen runs through September 2nd
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The 4th annual celebration of local films runs August 29- September 2

Film Series Teaser

The Chicago Park District’s Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase returns for a fourth year, and will screen local short and feature-length films in parks throughout the city from August 29th to September 2nd. This year’s theme, ‘Dig In,’ invites park patrons to explore Chicago from a different perspective.

This year, the showcase includes a lineup of eighteen films, the most ever in the history of the film series. Selected films are produced by Chicago filmmakers, are reflective of the city and can be enjoyed by a large audience. Curators selected the lineup from a record 45 submissions from filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds and professional experience, hailing from neighborhoods across Chicago. There are no submission fees or barriers to enter the showcase.

“We are very proud to continue to support the artistic endeavors of local filmmakers through this dynamic program,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “Big screens, provided by our Movies in the Parks program, help activate our parks during summer nights and provide an outdoor stage for creative projects to be seen and local stories to be told.”

Nine park locations, from the city’s northwest side to its southeast side will host screenings, including two feature film selections, “Count Me In” and “Unbroken Glass.” Ellis Park, Chase Park and Calumet Park are among the new park locations chosen, in addition to Northerly Island, Revere Park, Ogden Park, Wicker Park, Indian Boundary Park and Ping Tom Park.

Last year, more than 500 patrons attended the film series that is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative and the17th year of ‘Movies in the Parks.’ Supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the year-round event series features more than 1,200 citywide cultural and arts activities, including 200 movie screenings this summer. ‘Movies in the Parks’ is presented by Bank of America.

This year’s highlights include:

●             “The Big Chop,” a comedic short from director Derek Dow, follows a young woman’s journey to self-love and acceptance as she decides to ditch the perm she’s had since childhood and get back to the natural hair she loved as a girl.

●             The feature documentary “Count Me In,” directed by Ines Sommer, chronicles a different side of democracy as residents in four Chicago wards get involved in participatory budgeting – allowing citizens to make a direct impact in neighborhoods by proposing and voting on civic projects to spend ward money.

●             In “Nia & Kim,” a short documentary produced by Free Spirit Media, a high school senior, months from graduation, and Kim, her mother, navigate the challenges of eviction and homelessness. They rely on the strength of their relationship to help them through the difficulties of graduating, applying to colleges and seeking new housing.

Full schedule and details are as follows:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

A celebration of women in Chicago film with a collection of six short films featuring and created by women, including:

  • B Love, directed by Shahari Moore and Christine List
  • Bound, directed by Monica Thomas
  • Counting, directed by Dan Pal
  • Home I, directed by Helen Lee
  • Nia & Kim, produced by Free Spirit Media
  • The Big Chop, directed by Derek Dow

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30

Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Rd. 

A film duo about citizens working to improve their societies and the shared work of community activism, featuring:

  • Count Me In, directed by Ines Sommer
  • Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa, produced by Free Spirit Media

Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

A trio of films investigating what we can learn about ourselves, our city and our senses when we look beyond what we take for granted, featuring:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

Ellis Park, 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 

Five films about the strength, resilience, ingenuity and power of Chicago’s young women, featuring:

  • The Big Chop, directed by Derek Dow
  • Bound,directed by Monica Thomas
  • Counting,directed by Dan Pal
  • Nia & Kim, produced by Free Spirit Media
  • Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa, produced by Free Spirit Media

Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Avenue

A collection of shorts about indulgences, obsessions and guilty pleasures, featuring:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G

A film duo about citizens working to improve their societies and the shared work of community activism, featuring:

  • Count Me In, directed by Ines Sommer
  • Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa, produced by Free Spirit Media

Ping Tom Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Six short films focused on immigration, migration, and the ways in which we all build our homes where we are, featuring:

  • A Bodega, directed by Samuel R. Mendez
  • Emergence, directed by Rocco Cataldo
  • Home, directed by Barry Brewer
  • Nuoc,directed by Bing Liu
  • The Orange Story, directed by Erika Street
  • Yellow Gold, directed by Cristen Leifheit

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave.

Six short films focused on immigration, migration, and the ways in which we all build our homes where we are, featuring:

  • A Bodega, directed by Samuel R. Mendez
  • Emergence, directed by Rocco Cataldo
  • Home, directed by Barry Brewer
  • Nuoc,directed by Bing Liu
  • The Orange Story, directed by Erika Street
  • Yellow Gold, directed by Cristen Leifheit

Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine Ave.

Stories of extraordinary beauty and incredible heart in everyday Chicagoans and ordinary moments of city life, featuring:

  • B Love,directed by Shahari Moore and Christine List
  • A Bodega,directed by Samuel R. Mendez
  • Beyond the Sole,directed by Derek Dow
  • Emergence, directed by Rocco Cataldo
  • Home, directed by Barry Brewer
  • Nia & Kim, produced by Free Spirit Media

Visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/chicago-onscreenfor more information and a complete schedule of screenings.

Click here for the full Movies in the Parks 2017 schedule.  Admission is free, and all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.  Patrons can call the Movies in the Parks hotline for daily listings and updated weather-related cancellations at 312-742-1134.

Information is also available on the Chicago Park District: Movies in the Parks Facebook page.

 

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