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Black Perspectives Committee

The Black Perspectives Committee is made up of a group of professionals dedicated to promoting and supporting the films and events of the Black Perspectives Program. Founded in 1997 through collaboration with acclaimed director Spike Lee, the Black Perspectives program showcases a wide range of films by African Americans and black filmmakers from all nations as well as films that deal with issues of significance to the African American community. The films, from as nearby as Chicago and as far away as Ethiopia, represent distinct approaches to filmmaking and diverse worldviews. In tandem with the films, the program presents master classes and panel discussions that cover both film-related topics of concern to African American filmmakers today as well as social issues significant to the African American community in Chicago. Each year, the Black Perspectives program pays tribute to an actor or filmmaker who has made outstanding contributions to the cinematic arts. Past honorees include Pam Grier, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, Charles Dutton, Irma P. Hall, Robert Townsend, Terrence Howard, Ruby Dee, Jeffrey Wright, and Sidney Poitier.

48th Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Committee

Honorary Chair:

Alisa Starks


Randy Crumpton



Kristina Bell
Deborah O. Brown 
Seanwong Brown 
Frederick Dunson 
Michael Foster
Stephanie R. Gaines 

James Gilliam
Rahsaan Gordon 
Dexter Greene
Anthony Jackson
Sharon King
Juan Kirkman
Tyra Martin

James Ramos
Robin Robinson
Lorraine Shoto
Jacqueline Stevenson-Storey
Dionne Williams
Mary Ann Young