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South Side Teens Set To Showcase Talents At International Film Festival

Four teens from Chicago's South Side are using their creativity, and an opportunity created by a unique Chicago partnership, to flip the narrative on violence and instead shine the spotlight on the lives behind the headlines this Friday.

Through the creation of a documentary film called Rise Up, four young filmmakers aim to help others feel the humanity of their intimate experience with violence.

As part of the six-week Documentary Filmmaking Program for Girls run by DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts and sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority, last summer Rise Up was created in response to violent episodes that some of the city's young people experience. The main subjects and filmmakers are teen girls who have witnessed violence in their neighborhoods, backyards and even living rooms, but refuse to be defined by it.

The teens have been submitting their completed documentaries into film festivals, and this week on June 30, four of the young filmmakers will screen Rise Up at the Windy City International Film Festival.

7 p.m.: B-roll of Meet and Great with filmmakers

7:30 p.m.: Documentary film screening begins

Mercury Theater
3745 North Southport Avenue


Rise Up (Chicago, IL, 11 mins, Directors John Psathas & Shawntel Smitherman)

Showing with CHICAGO SHORTS VOL. 1, Friday June 30 @ 7:30 p.m.


Comments welcome.


Posted on June 28, 2017

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