“The future of Black film. Pure cinematic power” – NEPTUNE FROST opens Friday,

📽️Dear Film Lovers,

In the spirit of our Black Harvest Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center is thrilled to present a film the Hollywood Reporter dubs “the future of Black cinema,” NEPTUNE FROST , opening Friday, June 10, exclusively at the Film Center!

“The future of Black film. Pure cinematic power.” (Hollywood Reporter) 🛸✨ NEPTUNE FROST is like nothing you’ve ever seen. This punk sci-fi musical from Saul Williams + Anisia Uzeyman wowed audiences at Cannes + Sundance.

Later this month, on Monday, June 27, as part of our 50/50 series, we’re excited to bring you Frederick Wiseman’s riveting masterpiece, PUBLIC HOUSING, presented on 16mm . The doc shines a spotlight on residents of Chicago’s now-demolished Ida B. Wells public housing development and their frustrations with the government agencies supposedly set up to help them. 

And don’t forget: entries for our Black Harvest Film Festival are due July 15! More info here.

😷Please note our COVID protocols. In compliance with School of the Art Institute of Chicago policies, masking and proof of vaccination requirements remain in effect.

Opens Friday, June 10
Exclusive to the Film Center!

2021, Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, USA/Rwanda, 105 mins
In English and Kinyarwanda, Swahili and French with English subtitles | Format: Digital

“The future of Black film. Pure cinematic power.”
– Hollywood Reporter

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective.

From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoriatarian regime exploiting the region’s nature resources — and its people. NEPTUNE FROST is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends. 

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