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Outdoor screenings in 8 neighborhood parks from August 29 – September 3.

The Chicago Park District announces the return of the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase to eight parks citywide. The free, ninth-annual local film screenings will run from August 29 to September 3, and culminate with a two-day multiscreen screening of all of the 2022 Official Selections at Harold Washington Park. In addition to the seventeen official film selections, the week-long movie festival will also feature curated content from other Chicago film organizations and festivals. 

This film festival gives Chicagoans an opportunity to get excited to see their city, their neighborhood and their lives onscreen - and to experience the many sides, sites and stories of Chicago in ways only Chicagoans could tell them. Selected from nearly 70 submissions from across the city, 2022’s Official Selections feature the work of dozens of Chicago filmmakers and film workers. Featuring short films, feature films, narratives and documentaries, the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase brings together professional Chicago filmmakers, amateur filmmakers and student filmmakers to share billing in park-based and online screenings. 

Chicago Onscreen is a part of the Chicago Park District’s 21st season of Movies in the Parks and the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative.  Movies in the Parks is Presented by DePaul University and Supported by S. Pellegrino Essenza and Xfinity. Night Out in the Parks is a year-round event series features more than 1,200 citywide cultural and arts activities, including 160 movie screenings this summer. 

This year’s seventeen film selections celebrate the strength, resilience and connectedness of the Chicago community. Each movie highlights the ways in which Chicagoans of all stripes, all around the city, step up for and support one another in all kinds of ways, both incredibly large and terribly small. On Wednesday, August 31, the film festival will feature selections that everyone in the family will enjoy at Hamlin Park.  

2022 Film Highlights
•    CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SHIFTS, Ben Basem forms a year-long time capsule of his mother, Jeanette Alvarez-Basem, a veteran nurse who works between Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Jeanette leads a double life as a nurse and family member, and finds herself fighting labor injustices while trying to process the sudden loss of her mother at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
•    FOR THE LEFT HAND, At age 10, aspiring pianist Norman Malone is paralyzed on his right side after being attacked by his father. Over the next several decades he masters the left-hand repertoire in secret, before a chance discovery of his talent leads him towards making his concert debut. Aged 78, he will perform the greatest work in the canon: Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.
•    IT’S DIFFERENT IN CHICAGO, It's Different In Chicago is an anthology documentary that tells the story of how House music and Hip Hop culture complemented and competed with each other leading to deep revelations about the different segments within the Black community of Chicago.   
•    RAY & THE AGAVE, At the Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago's westside, a rare agave blooms, and the man who has cared for the plant for decades must come to terms with its imminent death and his own grief and loss.
•    ROOM RODEO, Room Rodeo is a drama-documentary hybrid where a wide-eyed boy takes matters into his own hands in order to prove he is the great grandson of a legendary Black cowboy. With some help from a dubious heirloom, Jamil puts aside whispers of doubt to transport himself into a world rich with history and affirming images where he claims authorship of his story.


Screening schedule and details are as follows:

Monday, August 29
Park No. 571 (2754 S. Eleanor St.) – 8:00 pm
•    Teacher in the Window (Henry van Zytveld)
•    Conversations Between Shifts (Ben Basem)
•    Ray & the Agave (James Kozar)

Tuesday, August 30 
Grant Park (999 S. Michigan Ave.) – 8:00 pm
•    Recovery of the Fallen (Curtis Matzke)
•    Emergence (Rey Tang)
•    Room Rodeo (Daniel Kayamba)
•    Conversations Between Shifts (Ben Basem)
•    Gut Feelings (Vanessa S. Valliere + John Gregorio)
•    Don’t Worry About It (Melissa Kong)
•    Ray & the Agave (James Kozar)

Margate Park (4921 N. Marine Dr.) – 8:00 pm
•    Handpan Journey (Manuela Hung)
•    Teacher in the Window (Henry van Zytveld)
•    For the Left Hand (Leslie Simmer + Gordon Quinn)

Wednesday, August 31
South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Dr.) – 8:00 pm
•    Room Rodeo (Daniel Kayamba)
•    Changing the Disciple (Kamelya Alexan)
•    It’s Different in Chicago (David Weathersby)

Hamlin Park (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.) – 8:00 pm
•    Citric (Katie Kapuza)
•    Gut Feelings (Vanessa S. Valliere + John Gregorio)
•    Room Rodeo (Daniel Kayamba)
•    Change the Name (Cai Thomas)
•    Daily Bread (Manuel Sirgo)

*This screening is designed to feature a selection of family-friendly films.

Thursday, September 1
Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Ave.) – 8:00 pm
•    Recovery of the Fallen (Curtis Matzke)
•    Emergence (Rey Tang)
•    Room Rodeo (Daniel Kayamba)
•    Conversations Between Shifts (Ben Basem)
•    Gut Feelings (Vanessa S. Valliere + John Gregorio)
•    Don’t Worry About It (Melissa Kong)
•    Ray & the Agave (James Kozar)

Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nds St.) – 7:30 pm
•    Changing the Disciple (Kamelya Alexan)
•    Nuestra Herencia (Erin Babbin)
•    Change the Name (Cai Thomas)
•    Encounter Englewood (Anthony Moseley)

Friday, September 2 – Saturday, September 3
Harold Washington Park (5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.) – 7:30 pm
The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Festival returns with two evenings of multi-screen programming in the heart of Hyde Park. Featuring a three-screen “multiplex” screening all 17 of 2022’s Official Selections and curated content from other Chicago film organizations, including the Chicago Film Society and the Chicago International Film Festival. 


Visit www.chicagoonscreen.com for more information and a complete schedule of screenings.

Click here for the full Movies in the Parks 2022 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.