Your Exclusive Updates for THE AREA Documentary


The summer has kept conversations surrounding THE AREA going strong. We had another incredible screening at the Legler Regional Library in West Garfield Park this week on 7/15, as part of The Best of Black Harvest in Chicago Public Libraries series. Deborah and Brian participated in a lively post-screening discussion moderated by Keisha Chavers of Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring activism and empowerment in our communities with a West Side audience. We'd like to thank The Gene Siskel Film Center, the Legler Library and all those who attended for providing a space for screening and audience engagement.

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THE AREA screens on 7/23 at the Mandrake Park Facility (3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave) hosted by The Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society with support from the Burnham Park Advisory Council, Mandrake Park, The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities Fund, and friends of Englewood, Bronzeville, and Woodlawn communities.

Post-Screening Discussion Featuring:
Sherry Williams, Bronzeville Historical Society President
Deborah Payne, Protagonist & Co-Producer
Brian Ashby, Co-Producer & Editor
John Ellis, Englewood Activist
Manny Frencha, Woodlawn Activist
Yaaba X, Activist, Educator, Author
This event is free and open to the public.


Monday, 9/23 – The Area @ Comfort Station

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The Art Leaders of Color Network is hosting a free outdoor screening of THE AREA on 9/23 at Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). ALCN's mission is to deliver critical insights and initiatives that enlighten and empower artists/ audiences/ critics/ producers/ venues/ funders to seek and support arts programming by creatives of color."

More details coming soon via Comfort Station's website.


Saturday 9/28 – The Area @ Beverly Arts Center


Pullman Arts will screen THE AREA on 9/28 at The Beverly Arts Center (2407 West 111th Street Chicago, IL 60655) The Beverly Arts Center is, "a vibrant and multifaceted not-for-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area with high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater."

Screening begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $6 and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Deborah Payne (Protagonist and Co-Producer) and Brian Ashby (Co-Producer and Co-Editor)

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Contact us for information on purchasing the institutional DVD of the film at a discount.


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THE AREA Documentary Team

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