3 Ways to Watch Chicago-Made Films at This Year’s ‘Onscreen’ Showcase

A virtual film festival highlights this year’s Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features 19 selections and several in-person, outdoor screenings at local parks and drive-in locations.

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The Chicago Park District’s seventh annual series runs from Aug. 29 through Sept. 19, with outdoor screenings Saturday nights at Churchill Field Park (Aug. 29), Ping Tom Memorial Park (Sept. 5) and Jackson Park (Sept. 12), plus drive-in options Sept. 1 and 3. (See map below for full list of locations.)

In-person screenings begin at 8 p.m. and follow the same guidelines in place for the Park District’s Moves in the Parks screenings, which continue through Sept. 11, including a requirement that people wear masks or face coverings at park screenings and at drive-in screenings if they must leave their vehicles. Read the full guidelines here.

All of this year's films are also available for screening on demand for the duration of the three-week event: chicagoonscreen.com.

Professionals, amateurs and students are among the 20 local filmmakers behind this year’s selections, which include short films, features and documentaries, including Lucas Guy Taylor’s coming-of-age film “Break”; Cai Thomas’ documentary “Douglass,” about the youth-led movement to rename Douglas Park; Sohib Boundaoui’s documentary “Generation One,” about the American-born children of  Arab American immigrants; and Stephanie Jeter’s “Viktory,” about a young foster girl who dreams of becoming a dancer.

For a full list of films and to watch trailers for several of the selections, visit the Chicago Onscreen website.


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