Gentleman Jack Real to Reel National Film Competition Shows the Talent of Black Filmmakers in Chicago

Sum of Her Parts was a film that highlighted the strength, diversity, and beauty of Black women. The movie wasn’t shot in a conventional manner.

Instead of using actors, director Briana Clearly everyday women to pose in front of the camera and asked them to define what it means to be a woman.

Picture from Sum of Her Parts Movie

Briana Clearly

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Sandrel “Sanicole” Young’s movie Training Wheels was a movie about a dad’s relationship with his young daughter. It showed how a guy struggling with fighting the elements of street life and trying to become a good parent. The film took place on the South Side of Chicago and Sandrel said the film was inspired by her relationship with her dad. You can watch a trailer of the film below.

The third film Drive Slow was created by Terrance Thompson and showed a young man’s indecisiveness regarding the social labels placed on him and his Chicago community. The young man is trying to write a description of who he is for a college entrance exam, but find it difficult to articulate his true persona.

The movie centers around him but also features dialogue from his friends. It also features Chicago veteran rapper Rhymefest and music from Chicago artist. You can watch the full film below.

The event was hosted by Anthony Rose and during the Q&A session actor Malik Yoba came on stage. Yoba talked about his career and gave his insight on the three films.

The national tour will take place in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Miami. The winner of Reel to Reel national competition will receive $10,000 dollars and the chance to screen their film at this year’s American Black Film Festival in Miami.

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