IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 W. 35th Street
We present A Sisterhood of Signatures, an award-winning short film about a middle-school tween who discovers a letter from her great-grandmother and challenges her friends to begin a cursive-letter writing club. The film addresses education, personal legacy, civil rights, and the importance of the history of signatures for minorities. Join us for the post-film discussion with filmmaker Okema "Seven" Gunn, Cynda Williams, Maya Hooks, and Sandria Washington. Register here.
Okema "Seven" Gunn is a Chicago Public School educator and the writer, director, and executive producer of the short film. The associate producer and supporting actress, Cynda Williams, assisted with the writing process (leading actress from Spike Lee's Mo' Betta Blues and One False Move).
A Sisterhood of Signatures premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival (August 2019) and has screened at the Film Girl Film Festival (2019), Oak Park International Film Festival (2019), Global Mixx Short Film Festival (2019), Various Independent Artists Film Festival (2020), Collected Voices Ethnographic Film Festival (2019), and San Diego Black Film Festival (2020).
Maya Hooks is an actress/producer, who expressed her desire an act at the tender age of 8 years old. She spent three years in community theater at the Beverly Arts Center and Kroc Center Chicago, where she began taking acting classes and acted in plays such as "Annie", "Charlie Brown", "The Grinch That Stole Christmas", "Grease" and many others. Maya has also taken acting classes at Second City Chicago and Chicago Actors Studio. She has held various supporting and lead roles in short films and web shows. Maya's most recent lead role was as "Tiyah" in "A Sisterhood of the Signatures" and a new film she co- wrote and co-produced that will be released in Spring/Summer 2020. Maya has also been featured on Chicago PD, The Chi, and Chicago Med. She has also done print ad work. Her ultimate dream is to create an amazing portfolio of work, learn all that she can, and make her mark in the entertainment industry.