Day 2: Lose Yourself in the Music of Nathan East or Stop into the Student Center for a Variety of Flicks


Another day, another set of films to check out.

Hope you all had yesterday because we’ve got even more films to show you guys throughout the day today. From films on movement and dance to some narratives that are guaranteed to make you chuckle, we’ve decided to make things easy to start off by offering you a variety of films at both the Student Center and at the African American Museum of Southern Illinois. 

The Student Center will be running films left and right based on genre. As we’ve stated before, there’s something for everyone there. We will even be showing a special feature at the end of the night called, What Children Do, which details the lives of sisters, Amy and Shannon. 

Amy is a failed actress in LA, penniless and miserable, pulling 25 hours a week at a frozen yogurt shop to make ends meet. Her younger sister Shannon lives a stiflingly quiet life as a librarian in a small town where she cohabitates with her boyfriend Pat, a lovable goof who’s constantly cobbling together homespun workout routines. 

Both sisters return to their small hometown in upstate New York when they find out that their grandmother “Nana” is on the brink of death. They haven’t spoken in three years and must attempt to put aside their differences and take care of Nana in her final days. While back at home they encounter old flames, overzealous pastors, and overdue DVDs while attempting to repair their feral relationship and come to terms with the town they grew up in.

Over at the African American museum, we’ve got a sweet documentary on one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year: Nathan East. His long-awaited solo album (released in March) spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on Nathan East: For The Record chronicles Nathan’s three-decade-plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay.

Can’t decide which block to visit? Check out the festival schedule, for a listing of films we’re screening.

See you guys there!