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Collection of four film stills representing Shorts Program 7

Shorts 7: Sudden Waves (Black Perspectives)


  Ghana, United States     92 minutes


This suite of films revels in themes of memory, grief, and joy. Featuring works by Julian Turner, Sharrifa Ali, Alex Mallis and Titus Khapar, Shanrica Evans, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold and dream hampton.

Set in the early 1960s, a budding soul music label brings in a savvy group of local teenage musicians to offer feedback and inspiration to its early signees in Big Three (US). Audrey, a New York City comedian who can make a joke of any situation, faces a staggering challenge in the beautiful mountains of Oregon in You Go Girl (US). In Shut Up and Paint (US), painter Titus Kaphar shifts to film in the face of an art market seeking to silence his activism. A former astronaut struggles to connect with her unborn child after the loss of her partner in Amina (US). In Gospel Hill (US), two University of Virginia workers share a drink and conversation at a local nightclub. The sons of fisherman Sowah and Okai cope with the loss of their eldest brother, who drowned during a fishing expedition, in Tsutsué (Ghana). A disappearing Black city is filled with flooded basements in Freshwater (US), a meditation on the fluid nature of memory.

Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones

  Harriet Marin Jones

  France, United States     99 minutes


One of the most powerful Chicagoans of the 20th Century, Edward Jones built a $25 million empire as the brains and brawn behind Policy, an illegal racketeering syndicate in the 1930s and ’40s. The “Policy King” went head-to-head with Al Capone’s “Outfit” at the same time as he hobnobbed with celebrated artists including Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, and Duke Ellington. Using lively animated sequences and interviews with the likes of Quincy Jones and others who knew Jones’ story, filmmaker Harriet Marin Jones, the kingpin’s granddaughter, delves deep into her own extended family’s past to tell this remarkable and thrilling story of a legendary African American who rose to the heights of financial and political prominence, reclaiming his legacy as a man fighting for respect in a racist society.


58th Chicago International Film Festival Chicago Award. Learn more…

 English, French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Best of Fest Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 11:30am

AMC River East 21, Screen 11

This special Best of the Fest screening will be preceded by a viewing of the Audience Favorite Short Film Dream Team. Learn more..


Film Credits

  •   Harriet Marin Jones
  •   Harriet Marin Jones, Michel Fessler, Giles Gardner
  •   Giles Gardner, Harriet Marin Jones
  •   Emmanuel Guimier
  •   Timuel Black, Quincy Jones
  •   Philippe Kelly
  •   Abelart Productions


Film Patron

Charles Droege and Julie Wroblewski

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin