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2023 Community Cinema

Double Feature this Friday, September 29 @ Hamilton Park Cultural Center (513 W. 72nd St.)

Special Presentation: Young Love @ 4:00 p.m.

Feature Film: 9 Rides @ 6:30 p.m.

2 Episodes of “Young Love”

Episode 1: Self Love (22m) 

Episode 2: Just Love (24m)

Friday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m Hamilton Park Cultural Center | Free Screening

Expanding on the groundbreaking Academy Award®-winning short Hair LoveYoung Love gives an honest, heartfelt, and comedic glimpse into the lives of African American millennial parents Stephen Love (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi) and Angela Young (Issa Rae) as they experience the relatable ups and downs of modern life. 

In remission following a battle with cancer, Angela struggles to balance her work as a stylist with the demands of parenthood, while Stephen attempts to carve out a career as a musician in an ultra-competitive industry.

Along with their fearless daughter Zuri (Brooke Monroe Conaway), this tight-knit Chicago family juggles careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics, all while striving to make a better life for themselves.

More information here.

Trailer: Young Love | Official Trailer | Max.

9 Rides

Dir. Matthew Cherry • U.S. • 84 min.

Friday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. | Hamilton Park Cultural Center | Free Screening

Filmed on an iPhone and set entirely inside and around a car, “9 Rides”follows one eventful New Year’s Eve in the life of a hardworking Uber driver. 

Over the course of the film’s nine journeys, the driver (Southland’s Dorian Missick) finds that the twists and turns in his personal life echo those of his various passengers, who are seeking the same things from life that he is: love and stability.

More information here.


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Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is a nearly 30-year veteran journalist and the Entertainment Editor for the Chicago Crusader. She is a National Newspaper Publishers Association ‘Entertainment Writing’ award winner, contributor to “Rust Belt Chicago” and the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood: South Side of Chicago.” For info, Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago.

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