Siskel Center’s 13th Black Harvest Festival adds Aug. 17 TV section with free panel and interview

Considered one of the biggest and best cultural events of the year, the 13th annual Black Harvest International Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center will run virtually the entire month of August.

This year a TV component has been added to an array of films and videos celebrating the black experience Aug. 3-30.

Five short films with star quality comprise the Aug. 3 opening night program, along with the annual Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence to the Community to local legend Cliff Kelley of WVON, and a reception with celebrities in the Film Center’s gallery/caf?.

Festival special events include one-time-only advance screenings of two upcoming releases. Magnolia Pictures documentary, “Mr. Untouchable,” directed by Marc Levin, is a tell-all expos? of the life of Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, the notorious “godfather of Harlem” and screens Aug. 4.