Scheduling changes announced for film festival

  • Andrew Tyler is the producer of the Tylerman Film Fest, set for this weekend in Wheaton.

    Andrew Tyler is the producer of the Tylerman Film Fest, set for this weekend in Wheaton. Courtesy of Tylerman Films

Daily Herald report
Updated 8/5/2022 12:54 PM

There have been some scheduling changes to this weekend's Tylerman International Film Festival.

Dr. Walt Whitman and The Soul Children will be at the Studio Movie Grill to open the festival singing "Lift Every Voice" and one of their selections on Friday.


The fourth annual festival opens Friday with an all-ages red carpet premiere at 3 and 6 p.m. at the movie theater, 301 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton.

There will be dual short-film presentations of "The Secret Weapon -- Yesterday Is Today," written and directed by Ken Sagoes and inspired by the 1963 Children's Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, and "The McHenry Trial -- Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie."

There will be a Q&A with the cast and crew of "The Secret Weapon." In addition, Regina Brent will lead a Q&A about "Civil Rights Heroes" with Mamie King Chalmers, who was a member of the Children's Crusade, and Ruby Shuttlesworth-Bester, daughter of Fred Shuttlesworth who led the fight for civil rights in Birmingham.

The festival continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Visitors Center Theater and Joseph Medill Room at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

The Outdoor Gospel Explosion with the Soul Children and illusionist Walter King, originally scheduled for Saturday, will be moved to a future date.

On Sunday, veterans and the community are invited to attend the screening of "Waiting to Explode: Forgotten Bombs of a Secret War" about the millions of unexploded bombs that remain buried in Laos decades after the Vietnam War. The short film by Shuja Paul will be shown at 2:40 p.m. with a Q&A by the film's producer, Yosh Yamanaka of Naperville.

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Also on Sunday, a red carpet presentation of "How We Got Here? Face the Past. Change the Future" at 5 p.m. with be followed by a meeting with the filmmaker and actor Jewel Ifeguni from 8 to 9 p.m.

The weekend pass is $35. Cantigny Park entry is $15 for Saturday or Sunday.

There also will be virtual showings on

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