Chi~Voices: Available Now Online!

Chi~Voices is now available for your viewing online!

Image result for chi voices“Six spoken word artists creatively express themselves about youth violence in Chicago”.

Premiered at: The Black Harvest Film Festival (2015), The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival (2015), The Oak Park International Film Festival (2015), Chi-Town Multicultural Film Festival (2015) and The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Festival (2016)

Creator & Creative Producer: Jessica Estelle Huggins
Director: Shiri Burson
Director of Photography and Editor: Jovan Landry
Location Manager and Sound Operator: Sandra Hernandez

Sponsored By: The BRIJ Fund, L3C
In collaboration with: The Institute For Positive Living
Partially Funded By: The Illinois Humanities Council

Written for the Screen:
Jessica Estelle Huggins
Shiri Burson

Assistant Writers For The Screen:
Marcus Martin
Olivia Cole

Writer and Poet: Joy Melodic Heard

Starring: McKenzie Franklin as Young Joy
Anthony Franklin as Father
Ashlee Paz as Young Friend

Fight Scene:
Donnie Whitfield
Dwayne Squire II
Thaisha Bingham
David Harris
Roosevelt Gordon
Enisho Bruce



*They Think They Know Us
Writer and Poet: Shelyse Santiago-Opio

Starring: Gregory Madden
Corey Lewis
Christal Luster
Danielle Booker
Cheyenne Booker
Colette Coley
Jordyn Kilgore
Amani Gaddy
Imani Gatheright

*It Became So Famous
Writer: Anthony Hughes of Institute For Positive Living

Performer: Gregory Madden
Teacher: Lindsey E. Bates
Students In Classroom:
Amani Gaddy
Imani Gatheright
Christal Luster
Jordyn Kilgore
Shelyse Santiago- Opio
Corey Lewis

*How To Reach A Hood
Writer and Poet: Brea Harris

Young Dead Girl: Angelina Angulo
Black Mother: Arlinda Nava- McCain
Young Black Boy: Lawrence “LJ” Davis Jr.
Dead Black Man: Lawrence Davis
Make-Up Artist: Kim King

*What Could Have Been
Writer: Edye Deloch-Hughes

Lead Girl: Amber Borders
Lead Boy: Corey Maurice
Boy’s Friend: Isaac Shelby
Girl’s Friend #1: Rosa Mota
Girl’s Friend #2: English Baker
Girl’s Friend #3: Heaven Kostecka

*Ayinde’s Video Game
Writer and Poet: Frankiem Mitchell

Young boy: Bryan Wright
Ayinde and Video Game character: Dominique Smith
Mom: Tenille Wright
Ted: Mason Absher
Video Game Executive: Erik Martin
Video Game Executive: Ambria Taylor
Black man on Street: Victor Morris
Thug #1: Jeremey Johnson
Thug #2: Lord Xodus
Thug #3: Jose Martinez
Gunman in Alley: Robert Hardaway
Thug In Alley: Kala Ra

Fight Choreographer: Dominique Smith
Video Game Mode Editor: Rahim Branch

Music Credits:
Music Composer: Dawnsson & Jovan Landry
Opening Credit Music:
“Believe Again”
Written and Performed by Christal Luster

Closing Credit Music:
Written and Performed by Adria Husband
Vocals By: Cara Dawn

Sound Engineer: Johnnie Campbell

Special Thanks:

TeQuila Sahaya Shabazz
Institute For Positive Living
Frankiem Mitchell
Joy Heard
Brea Harris
Ayinde Cartman
Chimere Bias
Elliott Ocean
Maritere Gomez
Ranae Encines
Paz Family
Antione Simmons
UIC College Prep
City of Chicago

*Kickstartr Backers:

Edye Deloch-Hughes
Sydney Corryn-Holman
TeQuila Sahaya Shabazz
Marlene Angulo
Frankiem Mitchell
Joy Heard
Brea Harris
Ayinde Cartman
Chimere Bias
Elliott Ocean
Maritere Gomez
Ranae Encines
Paz Family
Antione Simmons
UIC College Prep
City of Chicago

*IndieGoGo Backers:

Sydney Corryn Holman
Jovan Leslie Monique
Edye Deloch-Hughes
Cameran Battley
Edwin Elliott
Regina Selma
Britney Freeman
Melissa Jaen
Chantel Bibb
Adriana Diaz
Adriana Matusdiaz
Jane Jerardi
Melissa Herron
Helene Donahue
Greg Peters
Stopher Bartol
James T Green
Allison Wade
Ellen Gradman
Mary Pike
Emile Cambry
Phillip Jackson
Rosalind Thomas-Clark
Abe Burson
Christa Burson
Gerardo Vasquez
Anita Nicole Brown
Mark Kelly
Harrison Martin
TeQuila Sahaya Shabazz
Francis Owusu
Jennifer Peepas
Kiesha Young
Linda Matos
Olivia Cole
Cleveland Johnson
Michelle Arnold
Marco Roc
Brent Knepper
Eileen Tull
Mika Munoz
Megan McDonald
Ka’lan Jones
Elena Monahan
Noreen Yarwood
Octavio Veliz
Andres Feliciano
Isaac Fox
Johnnie Campbell
Renata Gwinn
Sage Morgan-Hubbard
Naomi Ezquivel
Jahcobie Cosom
DeAna McEwen
Lindsey Bates
Maria Fernandez-Cabral
Kyle Hicks
Marcus Martin
Rahim Branch
Songine Clarke
Randy C. Bonds
Shanna Williams Brooke Watkins
Tabitha Lee
Sam Trump
Dacia Alisa Hill
Ayla Larson
Brandon Fentress
Vincent Harlston
Manny M. Frenchiy
Derrick Sanders
Linda Kidd
Roslyn Haldane
Addie Eve
Noah Thomas
Shiri Burson
Joseph Chopin
Kamari Wheeler
G’Jordan Williams
Jyl Bonaguro
Puissant Productions

A Jessica Estelle Huggins Production 2015.

It’s been a crazy ride but thank you to everyone who have been part of our support system. 🙂



Chi~Voices in Collected Voices Film Fest at Transistor Saturday, August 27th

CV Fest

Collected Voices Film Fest at Transistor
Saturday, August 27th

The 2nd Annual Collected Voices Film Festival (CV Film Fest), presents Made in Chicago at Transistor Chicago on Saturday, August 27th at 8:30pm.

For the second year in a row, Collected Voices partners with Transistor to show a collection of films that speak to Chicago’s diversity and the issues that come with it. From its mobster history, to its current divides, these films explore what Chicago is really made of today.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite today!


August 27, 2016 8:30PM

Transistor at Poshwire

5224 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60640

Every $5 donation receives a festival ticket, with additional gifts for larger donations. Donate online to receive your ticket now at

Chi~Voices in Collected Voices Film Fest: Preview TODAY 8/13/2016


Collected Voices Film Festival Preview at Kartemquin 50th Anniversary!

CHICAGO, Illinois- Saturday, August 13th at 1:30PM, Collected Voices Film Festival Director, Ife Olatunji, will host a preview of the 2016 Collected Voices Film Festival season at the Karetemquin Gallery Talks, which features Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series.

The Gallery Talks are to commemorate Kartemquin’s 50th Anniversary as a prominent documentary production institution in Chicago.  Ife was a Diverse Voices in Documentary fellow  with Kartemquin in 2014.  During that time, she created a short documentary on access to education in Chicago.  Her participation in the program and her commitment to creating opportunities for diverse storytellers and filmmakers, ultimately prompted the creation of Collected Voices.  For more information on this week’s event, click on the link Kartemquin Gallery Talks August 13th.

Kartemquin Gallery Talks:

Saturday, August 6 and 13, 2016 1:30PM

Chicago Cultural Center -Expo 72
72 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Collected Voices seeks interview opportunities to share more information about the festival and our fundraising campaign to engage viewers. All press are welcome to attend screenings with RSVP.  Check out the full lineup at, and get your ticket to the festival by donating! Share our campaign and film festival with your network, and follow us online @CollectedVoices, #CollectedVoices #CVFilmFest.

Donate to our Indiegogo campaign any time by clicking here:  Collected Voices Fundraiser.


Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival, presents ethnographic documentary and fiction films; blending together academia and art cinema. This exciting festival is the ONLY ethnographic film festival in the Chicago. CV attracts audiences from around the city and beyond. For more information visit us at

To get involved with Collected Voices, contact Ife at


Chicago Onscreen: Chi~Voices Screening Information

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We are soooo excited to have Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series be an Official Selection by the Chicago Park District’s Nights Out In The Park Program this September!

We are screening the following dates/times:

1.) Revere Park on Friday September 2nd, 7:30pm: 2509 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

2.) Saturday September 3rd at Gage Park, 7:30pm: 2411 W. 55th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609

*FREE BOTH NIGHTS! Everyone is allowed to bring picnic baskets, blankets, etc, any food but NO ALCOHOL! Please check each park’s website for more detailed information about any other restrictions. This will be Chi~Voices’s 6th major screening in the nation!

If you have any questions, want to host us for a screening, partner with, etc feel free to email Jessica at

As always, thank you to everyone for you love and support during this journey!

Chi~Voices Accepted into Collected Voices Film Festival

2016 Collected Voices Selection


Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series has been accepted into Collected Voices: Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival 2016. We are very excited to be screening along with many other powerful films from filmmakers around the world. For more information about screenings, venues,  tickets, etc please check out the Collected Voices Film Festival website.

*Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series

Screening Information:

Date:  Saturday August 27, 2016

Location: Transistor 5224 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Chi~Voices: Nights Out In the Park Summer 2016


So excited to announce that Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series is an Official Selection by the Chicago Park District’s Nights Out In The Park Program this summer!

We are screening at Revere Park on Friday September 2 at Revere Park and Saturday September 3 at Gage Park! More information about screening time, tickets, parking, etc coming soon! Congrats once again to the cast and crew! This will be Chi~Voices’s fourth major screening in the Chicagoland area!

If you have any questions, want to host us for a screening, partner with, etc feel free to email Jessica at

As always, thank you to everyone for you love and support during this journey. Let’s continue creating artistically responsible media making!