The Chicago International Festival announced today that director and screenwriter George Tillman Jr. will be the Black Perspectives honoree at the 49th edition of the October festival. Tillman will also introduce his new film "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" at the Festival. The film was one of the first selections announced in August.
Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will walk the red carpet with Tillman. The Academy Award-winning actress and singer stars in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, alongside Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks and Anthony Mackie. The film follows two children, 13 & 9, as they must fend for themselves after one's mother(Hudson) is apprehended by police.
George Tillman Jr.'s first big splash into feature films was in 1997, when he wrote and directed "Soul Food." From there, he has picked his projects carefully. He was a producer on both of the "Barbershop" films before he moved on to directing the The Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious" and the Dwayne Johnson revenge flick "Faster."
"As a writer and director, Tillman has told funny, inspiring and heartbreaking stories that capture the energy and complexity of the African-American experience," stated Chicago Film Festival founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. Tillman graduated from Columbia College Chicago before making a name for himself in the movie business.
The Black Perspectives Tribute will take place on Friday, October 11 at the AMC River East in downtown Chicago. The red carpet event begins at 6pm, with the screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" to follow. An after-party at Altitude at the W Chicago Lake Shore Hotel will top off the event, which marks its 17th year as a Chicago International Film Festival staple.
The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicks off on October 10. The Festival's full schedule will be announced on September 17. Festival passes are on sale now at www.chicagofilmfestival.com. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on September 21.