Black Perspectives Committee

Black Perspectives Committee

The Black Perspectives Program was founded in 1997 by Alisa Starks and Board Member Bob Scarpelli and in collaboration with Spike Lee to highlight the excellence and diversity of African American cinema and films by Africans and the African diaspora from around the world. Through the Program’s targeted efforts to showcase the work of emerging and established African American filmmakers, we have world premiered the first film by acclaimed director Ava Duvernay as well as featured work by American luminaries such as Lee Daniels, George Tillman, and Maya Angelou, among many others. The Program has also presented the most recent works of African masters (Djibril Diop Mambéty, Ousmane Sembene, Abderrahmane Sissako) and British filmmaker Steve McQueen. With annual tributes to emerging and established film artists such as Viola Davis, Forest Whitaker, and Sidney Poitier, and panel discussions, the Black Perspectives Program creates a unique learning environment in which participants can gain valuable insights into the issues, challenges, and triumphs of African American filmmakers.

55th Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Regina Taylor
Stephanie Gaines
James Ramos

Committee Members

Seanwong Brown
Eric Almond
Freddie Bell
Seanwong Brown
Rita Coburn Whack
Chanel Coney
Juelle Daley
Saudia Davis
Glenn Eden
Tressa Epps
Sonia Evans
Deborah Farmer
Michael Foster
Terisa Griffin
Quadree Holmes
Christopher Nolen
Joyy Norris
Troy Pryor
Robin Robinson
Chris Rooney
Addae Shelby
Lorraine Shoto
Jaqueline Stewart
Abe Thompson
Angela Thompson

Chair Emeritus

Randy Crumpton