GSU film fest to feature student work

Registration is now open to reserve seats for the short film competition in the inaugural Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) on Sept. 15 and 16 at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts.

The festival will provide students an opportunity to tell extraordinary stories of everyday lives. Storylines include a family’s voyage to the Women's March on Washington, the disappearance of TWA Flight 800 and the journey of two orphans who find a home through theater.

“We’re all about authorship here and encouraging the creative growth of individual writer-directors,” Professor Daniel Nearing said. Nearing is Chicago’s inaugural Filmmaker in Residence and the writer and director of “Hogtown” and “Chicago Heights.” He also produced “Hogtown.”

Earlier this month, CSIFF hosted a screening of two documentaries during the CSIFF feature film showcase event. “Little Wound’s Warriors,” produced and directed by GSU alum Seth McClellan, and “Minding the Gap,” produced by Bing Liu.

At the festival, 19 films produced by high school through graduate school students from five countries, including Russia and China, will be screened. The competition will culminate with an awards ceremony on Sept. 16.

“We’re so pleased with the global response to our inaugural event here in the Southland,” said Josh Young, CSIFF co-chair. “This is an opportunity for students across the world to showcase their work and advance our mission — to support and participate in sustaining an intellectually stimulating public square.”

CSIFF attendance is free but reservations are required at 

The festival is co-sponsored by the Governors State University Friends of the Library, Center for Performing Arts, School of Extended Learning, Digital Learning & Media Design Department, The Knowledge Exchange and Intellectual Life Committee.


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