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!