Barber Shop Show Preview: Black Harvest Film Festival

Despite our increasingly diverse society, segregation is still very much part of the scene in Hollywood.

When you look at the top 300 directors of all time ranked by how much money their movies have made, only 10 of them are African-American.

Roles for African American actors have been on the decline in recent years, according to data from the Screen Actors Guild.

Who chooses the winners of the annual Academy Awards? Overwhelmingly, it's old white men.

So where do black actors, directors and writers go to get their films made and seen? In Chicago, we have the Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival, a month long celebration of films made by the black community in its 18th year.

On Friday's Barber Shop Show, we'll talk to the curator of the festival, Sergio Mims, as well as directors and actors from its featured films.

First up, we'll have Irma P. Hall, from the festival film "Wolf". You may also know her from "Soul Food"  and the movie "Collateral" with Jamie Foxx. "Wolf" is a drama about a family's crisis over discovering their son has been molested by their prominent church pastor.

We'll also be chatting with Pamela Sherrod Anderson, the filmmaker behind "The Curators of Dixon School", a documentary about Chicago's own Dixon Elementary where the staff has integrated museum-quality art into the learning environment.

Curious about either film? Watch the trailer for "Wolf" below, or read more about Dixon School on the Siskel's website.

Be sure to tune in to the show to hear more. The Barber Shop Show is broadcast live every Friday from Carter's Barber Shop in North Lawndale from noon to 1 p.m. on Vocalo 89.5 FM.

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