Of course there are black independent filmmakers all over the country from coast to coast, including Chicago. In fact Chicago has a long history of black cinema.
The first black films ever made, were made in Chicago by William Foster, such as The Railroad Porter (1912), The Fall Guy, The Maid and The Butler (all 1913); and there was Oscar Michaeux who first established his production company in Chicago and made his first early films there, before moving on to New York. He returned to Chicago to make his last film in 1948, The Betrayal, which was a three-hour remake of his first film The Homesteader.
I tell you this history lesson because, 1) you ought to know it, and 2) nowadays, it’s considered that when it comes to Chicago-based black filmmakers, their efforts, on a whole, tend to be… lacking, to put it nicely.
When compared to what’s being made on the East or West Coast, or even in other places, Chicago-made films tend not to hold up too well.
However, Chicago-based fimmaker, Sandrel Young, who likes to go by the name Sanicole professionally, aims higher. In fact she says, without any qualms, that “Chicago filmmakers ARE making quality films.”
All right then, glad to hear it. I hope that others will follow her lead.
So, here is the trailer for Sanicole’s new short film, Text Tone, starring Ashley Snow and Corey Williams.
According to the filmmaker, the film deals with a guy who “after dodging his girlfriend to avoid meeting her father on their 6 month anniversary, the young lover wakes up to discover he is mute and must resort to winning his girlfriend back with extraordinary gestures.“
The filmmaker says that, through her experiences with miscommunication through text messages, and how technology may not always be the best way to effectively communicate, is what inspired her to make her film.