The world premiere of a narrative short film "Color of Autumn," by award-winning director Aimiende Negbenebor Sela, screens Tuesday at Academy Qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival in Chicago.
The film is adapted from a short story by Chicago writer and social justice arts practitioner Constance Nicole Frierson. It features music by Charlie Peacock, a four-time Grammy Award-winning, multiformat jazz and pop recording artist, composer and record producer, and a song performed by Ruby Amanfu, a recording artist, producer and Grammy, Soul Train and BET Award-nominated songwriter.
"Color of Autumn" is set in 1966 Chicago and tells the story of a sheltered Black 8-year-old girl growing up on the South Side. The film sparks important conversations about racism, loss of innocence, Black masculinity, peer pressure and hate speech.
The screening begins at 11:45 a.m. at FACETS, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. After the screening, Sela and Frierson will participate in a live question-and-answer session.
Madhu Krishnamurthy is an Assistant City Editor and Diversity Editor for the Daily Herald. She covers minority affairs and news from diverse communities throughout the greater Chicago area. She previously covered the education beat involving suburban K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. During her 23-year career as a journalist, Madhu has written stories on a variety of issues and topics, including human interest, local government, health, politics, religion, and diversity.