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Chi-Voices: A Poetic Film Series uses the stories of six spoken word artists to address youth violence in the Chicagoland area. The film’s goal is to discuss socioeconomic issues, gang violence, and the emotional distress negatively impacting different communities throughout the city. This program was made possible by sponsor and project manager BRIJ Fund, L3C, community partner Institute for Positive Living, and in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Created by Independent Film Producer, Jessica Estelle Huggins, with Director, Shiri Burson, Cinematographer, Jovan Landry and Location Scout/Sound Operator, Sandra Hernandez Lara, these women created short films from the individual pieces of Chicago Poets: Joy Heard (Poet), Brea Harris (Actress & Poet), Anthony Hughes (youth from Institute For Positive Living), Shelyse Santiago Opio (Featured Louder Than A Bomb Poet), Frankiem Mitchell (Founder of WE the Collective Poetry Group) and Edye Deloch Hughes (Author of Black Copy blog). Each of these pieces are intertwined to create one large story about the violence affecting our communities. (2015, 30 mins, Blu-Ray).

 

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. Sponsored by BRIJ Fund, L3C.

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