The DePaul/CHA Documentary Film Program will hold a premiere screening on Sunday, April 28, featuring four short documentary films, written and produced by Chicago Housing Authority youth. The screening also features a panel discussion with co-host of the
premiere, Chaz Ebert.
As part of the award-winning program, 12 young women, all Chicago Housing Authority residents, are invited to document the unseen realities that surround them. This year’s themes included: a celebration of self-expression through hair; a positive perspective on Chicago's South Side; and humanizing approaches to drug addiction and homelessness.
During the six-week summer intensive program, the high school students learn all aspects of filmmaking from DePaul graduate film students and School of Cinematic Arts faculty mentors. They engage in every level of production including pre-production, camera operation, lighting, sound and post-production.
“These young women are taught the importance of their voice and are given the tools to have them be heard," says Liliane Calfee, director of the program. "It’s a powerful combination. It builds confidence. It sparks activism. It provides them with hard skills leading to greater economic opportunities.”
Sunday, April 28
1 p.m. reception
2 p.m. screening and panel discussion with Chaz Ebert
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.