The 2019 Chicago South Side Film Festival

Attendees celebrate the 2018 Chicago SSFF

Attendees celebrate the 2018 Chicago SSFF

Third annual run
kicks off with
a live party and
screening of
Jesse Saunders’
‘House Music:
The Real Story’

The Chicago South Side Film Festival (CSSFF) brings back the celebration of South Side of Chicago on films. Featuring a diverse slate of screenings and activities, the event promises to inspire, enlighten, and entertain filmgoers and filmmakers at venues on Chicago’s south side from September 27th to October 6th

Kicking off the festivities on Friday September 27th will be a tribute to 35 years of House Music by filmmaker Jesse Saunders.

Saunders will take viewers on a journey through time with his film House Music: The Real Story. This unprecedented live show in documentary form will feature some of the original artists that have pioneered the phenomenon known as House Music.



Opening night party at Raven’s Place
Saunders’ House Music will be the centerpiece of a party at Raven’s Place, 13031 Western Ave. in Blue Island, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will be complemented with performances by Shawn Christopher, Keith Nunnally, and Sundance. Alan King, Mike Dunn, and Lori Branch will play live DJ sets.

For tickets and additional information about the opening night kick off, click on this. For the full Chicago SSFF schedule, click on this.

2019 highlights
The festival will connect indie filmmakers to media industry professionals with the first Script Pitch Competition, produced by The Script to Silver Screen Cinema Production Alliance.

The Script Pitch will be conducted at a Stage 18 on the campus of Cinespace Chicago on Saturday, September 28. There will also be a workshop facilitated by Contexture Media.

Additionally, Illinois Institute of Technology will sponsor Mirrors, followed by Cooked: Death By Zip Code, on September 29th, with discussions led by CSSFF founder and producer Michelle Kennedy.

Continuing the festivities, Studio Movie Grill will host Showbiz Kids on Wednesday, October 2nd, followed by Black and Privileged — The Remix on Thursday, October 3rd.

An anticipated Red Carpet 35th Anniversary Screening of Beat Street will take place on Friday, October 4th.

Various indie films will continue to be screened Saturday, October 5th, and a series of panel discussions will conclude the day with a special Director’s Master Class featuring ward-winning filmmaker, Stefon Bristol.

The festival’s closing day will include additional screening of indie films followed by panel discussions and a private dinner and dialogue.


About the Chicago South Side Film Festival
The Chicago South Side Film Festival is a nonprofit arts organization founded by South Side native Michelle Kennedy. The two-fold mission of the CSSFF is to broaden, diversify and improve the quality of entertainment options on Chicago’s South Side, and to provide South Side filmmakers with opportunities to screen their work.

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