Chi~Voices @ The 2015 Black Harvest Film Festival

*Photo (From Left to Right) Corey Maurice (Actor of Chi~Voices), Jovan Landry (DP/Editor of Chi~Voices), McKenzie Franklin (Actress of Chi~Voices) and Jessica Estelle Huggins (Creator & Creative Producer of Chi~Voices)

What a grand night! On Wednesday August 19, 2015, Chi~Voices premiered at the Black Harvest Film Festival! The cast and crew were excited to showcase 2 years of hard work to our Chicago Family. Here are more pictures from that awesome night! Stay tuned for more updates. As always, thank you all for your continued love, support and positivity.

Chi~Voices: Black Harvest Film Festival August 19th

Chi~Voices Official Selection @ the 2015 Black Harvest Film festival in Chicago

Here is the information on tickets for the Chi~Voices screening (Shorts Program: Color Me Creative) on Wednesday August 19th at 8:15pm at the Gene Sikel Theatre: 164 N. State Street Chicago, IL. 60605. Purchase as soon as you can, as tickets really do go fast at Black Harvest :)
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments and/or concerns. Feel free to spread the word!

Chi~Voices Selected for Black Harvest Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival

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!

Happy Memorial Day from Chi~Voices

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 Crew

Side By Side Magazine: Write~Up about #ChiVoices


“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!

Chi~Voices Premiere (Photos)


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!

View our photos from the screening!