After the inaugural Englewood Film Festival last year, founder Mark Harris wasn't sure there'd be another one.
Ticket sales were so low for the inaugural fest last year, Harris was almost forced to shutter the fest; Lindblom Math & Science Academy came to the rescue, reportedly offering up its facilities at a discount to the fledgling festival, Time Out Chicago reports.
This year, however, the festival is back with brisker sales and a beefier lineup. Time Out reports the fest will have seven films altogether, with an expected 2,000-3,000 in attendance.
Though Harris told Time Out the festival is not an expressly black film festival, the choices definitely "cater to a black audience." Featured films incle TD Jakes' "A Million Colours" and in honor of the late Englewood-born star, "I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac."
Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, which produced "The Interrupters" and co-produced the recent Chicago International Film Festival favorite "As Goes Janesville," is also getting in on the action this year. Kartemquin's Patrick Lile, outreach coordinator for "The Interrupters," will be on one of the festival's panels on film marketing and audience building.
Workshops sponsored by the festival, all free, will cover other cinema-related topics of financing and distribution and beginning an acting carrer.
The Englewood Film Festival begins Friday, Oct. 26 and runs until Sunday, Oct. 28 at Kennedy King College, 6258 S. Halsted and ICE Theater, 210 W. 87th.