The 23rd Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has announced their distinctive 2019 lineup of narrative features, documentaries and short films in competition. “Chicago at the Crossroad,” a film by Schodorf Media Creative, is one of only 5 documentaries set to screen at this prestigious festival, which is ranked 4th in the nation by USA Today. Written, produced, and directed by Emmy Award winner Brian Schodorf and narrated by Chicago’s own Grammy Award Winning Spoken Word Artist, Malik Yusef, the film is poised for this world premiere; June 12-16 in Miami. The project is executive produced by Yusef and Community Activist Afrika Porter.
“Chicago at the Crossroad” opens a rare historical window into the systematic creation of poverty stricken communities plagued by gun violence. Chicago as a case study, the film sparks thought on how we got here and what we can do today to reduce violence. “We made this film to tell the story of a past that created the present,” says Brian Schodorf. “With an overwhelming number of headlines about gun related deaths, we wanted to know why?… and we wanted to offer solutions.”
“Chicago at the Crossroad” will compete for the ABFF Jury Award Best Documentary prize. The winner will be announced during the “Best of ABFF” Awards, presented by Dream in Black | AT&T, on the evening of Saturday, June 15th at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The premiere kicks off a 2019 film festival tour to share the message with the masses; striving to curb violence in America.
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