Gentleman Jack Presents Real to Reel

Real to Reel: Chicago


Thursday night I had the privilege of attending the Real to Reel event sponsored by gentleman’s jack along with code black entertainment. If you’re not familiar with Real to reel, it is a showcase to bring rising African-American filmmakers into the spotlight. Screenings for 5 films being presented on a 7 city screening tour to allow their films to be broadcast to a larger audience. This event was held in Chicago’s ShowPlace ICON theater. When the event started we were given wrist bands and two complimentary drink tickets for featured gentleman jack drinks. There was a cocktail hour to mingle, drink and eat the complimentary appetizers provided. Once we had taken our seats  inside the theater, we watched five short films then voted on our favorites by texting our choice to a unique code. According to the Jack Daniels website, Upon completion of the seven city tour, the winner will receive $10,000 and a VIP trip to Miami Beach to screen their winning film for some of the industries biggest names.



Anthony Rose (also the host)

Behold a lady

 A lighthearted contemporary black culture film about love and relationships

 Terrisha Kearse

The Mia Countdown

 A look at social media highs and extreme lows


Angela McCrae


 A very artistic take on life, art, self-expression and finding beauty in the world.


Donovan Vim Crony

Noise Gate

 An Afro-futuristic that explores the possibilities of what can happen when we open our minds.


Kazi Steele

The Inside Job

 A physcological thriller


Two of the filmmakers have Chicago roots and their films were on spotlight but were not part of the 5 films that we voted for.

Derek Dow

The Big Chop

follows a 10 year old from childhood to adulthood on her natural hair journey of self love.


Lonnie Edwards

Exodus: Sounds of the Great Migration

A film paying homage to the evolution of music birthed from the Great Migration.


The event was had a really nice feel to it.  Afterward there was an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the films. There was a lot of creative energy flowing and I loved it. If Real to Reel comes to you city I suggest that you check it out.