The Chi~Voices team is pleased to inform you all that we have been accepted into the 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival taking place in Chicago August 7-September 3rd. The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s Black film festival and the Gene Siskel Film Center’s most vibrant annual showcase of new work from the African diaspora. We will keep in touch once we receive more information about our specific screening/panel dates and times, ticket information, etc. This is just the beginning. Thank you all for your continued love, support and positive energy. Talk soon!
Take a moment of silence this evening (or whatever tradition that you do) in honoring the men and women that have, had or will ever keep us safe, right here at home. No matter our individual, personal views, it’s not a job that just anyone can do. Salute, give love, send your blessings to the brave ones.
“Chi-Voices finds its muse in Chicago street violence. A multidisciplinary, multi-generation collaboration, the work is a call to action and a celebration of life itself. The film had its premiere this past March at Black Cinema House. Now, the team is taking the show to the festival circuit. We got to talk with Burson and Chi-Voices’ Creator/Creative Producer Jessica Estelle Huggins about bringing the project into the world.”
Thank you Side By Side Magazine for your write up on #ChiVoices!
This past Sunday, March 29, we have screened Chi~Voices: Poetic Film Series for the first time to the public. Located at Black Cinema House- 7200 S. Kimbark Avenue in Chicago, a full house of about 100 people consisting of a community of cast members, filmmakers, friends, family, colleagues, classmates and more came to see the vision that was long awaited on the big screen.
A post screening with Director Shiri Burson, Creator/Creative Producer Jessica Estelle Huggins & poets Frankiem Mitchell and Shelyse Santiago-Opio discuss how the film formed as well as what they learned in this film process.
In donations, we raised $300.00 in cash that will be used for fees in 22 Film Festivals (nationwide) that we will be submitting the film to. Because of you all, the community, we will be able to expand this project to other communities that need to see this film. After the film festival, we plan to use Chi~Voices as a learning tool to the youth at Chicago Public Schools.
Thank you all for supporting this film, whether it be through donating to us, coming to our screening, assisting us on set, and etc! Without you, it wouldn’t be where it is today. Also thank you to our sponsors & collaborates BRIJ Fund L3C, Illinois Humanities Council and Institute for Positive Living!
“Born and raised in Chicago, Jessica Disu, aka FM SUPREME, is a poet, activist and “humanitarian rap artist.” Her goal is to use language as a tool for positive change. She did just that with her song, “Still Believe, Yeah,” produced into a music video by ABC 7 Chicago. Her positive message calling for peace, nonviolent conflict resolution and belief in oneself, is reflected in this video which will air as part of an ABC 7 public service campaign beginning Sunday. ” ~ Windy City Live
Check out her amazing work here: http://windycitylive.com/episodes/Chicago-Rapper-FM-Supreme/9546112
Creator and Creative Producer Jessica Estelle Huggins talks about the birth of Chi~Voices, casting poets along with the struggles and awesome moments while creating the film.
Chi~Voices coming soon!
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