MPI-SUPPORTED FILM REACHING STUDENTS ACROSS THE MIDWEST
Moving Picture Institute-supported filmmaker Eli Steele just wrapped up a whirlwind screening tour of How Jack Became Black.
First stop? Northwood University in Midland, MI. Declared “an unqualified success” by the university’s chair of political science and philosophy, this screening attracted over 150 students who later engaged Eli in an insightful, nuanced discussion about race and identity politics. When asked about what she appreciated most during the event, one student concluded thoughtfully, “He didn’t choose a side. He gave evidence and facts, and let you make the conclusion.”
Eli’s next stop was Chicago where How Jack Became Black screened for hundreds at DePaul University, the famed New Trier High School (watch the discussion panel here), and the historic Pickwick Theater. These events featured a range of panelists, including political strategist and radio host Maze Johnson; CEO of the groundbreaking community outreach program Project H.O.O.D Pastor Corey Brooks; ABC veteran reporter Charles Thomas; and Northwestern University associate provost and chief diversity officer Dr. Jabbar Bennett. The frank and fearless discussions inspired audience members and challenged them to think about subjects like race and identity in new ways.
Join us in congratulating Eli on the success of this recent screening tour, and be sure to check our Events page to see if How Jack Became Black is screening near you!