Join WVON 1690AM every Thursday in February to Celebrate Black History Month with the annual Black Heritage Film Festival hosted by the WVON personalities. Each movie will be followed by an insightful discussion at the AMC Lowes Country Club Hills 16 (167th and Pulaski).
Beast of The Southern Wild, Thursday February 7th, 7pm
Hosted by Cliff Kelley; Admission $5
This critically acclaimed film made history this year as its 9 year old star, Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest person ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance. Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, the character, Hushpuppy, must learn the ways of courage and love.
MARLEY, Thursday February 14th, 7pm
Hosted by Salim Muwakkil; Admission $5
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. The definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Written by Magnolia Pictures. LET'S GET IN THE SPIRIT...WEAR THE JAMAICAN COLORS OF RED, YELLOW, AND GREEN.
Carmen Jones, Thursday, February 21st at 7pm
Hosted by Perri Small; Admission $5
This 1954 classic was a Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. It was directed by Otto Preminger and featured Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in leading roles and other notable actors including Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll. The film made history as the first ever opera featuring a Black ensemble and it produced an academy award nomination for Dorothy Dandridge in 1955. She became the first African American female to be nominated in a leading role.
Lincoln, Thursday February 28th at 7pm (Full-price admission)
Hosted by Matt McGill; Admission $10
Directed by Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln recounts President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts, during January 1865, to obtain passage for the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in the United States House of Representatives, which would formally abolish slavery in the country. Lincoln has received the most academy award nominations this year including best movie, director and actor nods.
-There will be free admission for the first 75 people in attendance each week with exception of the February 28th showing of Lincoln
-Stop by the State Farm booth and register to win a Kindle Fire Tablet. One will be given away weekly.
-WVON employees are prohibited from participating.
Deanna Burrell is an account executive at WVON, the author of the explosive novel, Single Girl Summer, and a movie buff.