GSU Student and Faculty Film ‘Chicago Heights’ to Make Chicago Debut

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- “Chicago Heights,” a film made by students and faculty in the Master of Fine Arts program at Governors State University, will make its Chicago debut at the 2010 Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Saturday, August 28, and Wednesday, September 1, at 8:15 p.m. (both screenings).

“Chicago Heights” is an award-winning, short, experimental, black and white feature film made with a $1,000 budget for food, equipment on loan from Governors State University, and during the free time of the all volunteer cast and crew.

The film is based on “Winesburg, Ohio,” Sherwood Anderson’s classic 1919 collection of interconnected short stories. The story is transposed ingeniously to a predominantly African American community in the present-day south Chicago region. It is a gorgeously photographed, beautifully scored film, shot, and edited in and around the region.

Director Daniel Nearing, associate professor at GSU, and actor Andre Truss, will be present for audience discussion after the screening on Saturday night. Producer-cinematographer Sanghoon Lee, assistant professor at GSU, will participate in the audience discussion on Wednesday.

Nearing will also participate in a panel discussion on “How to Get a Movie Made,” on Sunday, August 15, at 3 p.m., at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The conversation is free and open to the public.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and are available through Ticketmaster. The Gene Siskel Film Center is

Located at 164 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois. For information on the Gene Siskel Film Center, see For information on the film, visit