Washington, DC – The Define American Film Festival (DAFF) has announced that it will partner with The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City for The Define American Comedy Night during its 2018 festival in Chicago, IL. The one night only comedy show will be the finale event of the three day festival, which will take place April 20-22. Confirmed participants include Zahra Noorbakhsh, Felonius Monk and more.
“Comedy can be one of the most powerful mediums not only for storytelling, but also for narrative and culture change,” says DAFF Executive Producer Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees. “In this critical time, we have an incredible opportunity to challenge existing narratives by using comedy to reach “beyond the choir” and influence public perception around immigrants and immigration in our country.”
Dionna Griffin-Irons, Director of Diversity and Talent Development at The Second City says “Our commitment to opening doors for new stories from the world’s best content creators is inspired by the diverse, multicultural voices that we see and hear everyday — voices that cross race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and socioeconomic status. We’re excited by this dynamic partnership and the audiences we will reach.”
Tickets for The Define American Comedy Night in partnership with The Second City and Harold Ramis Film School will be available for purchase at www.defineamerican.com/filmfest
About Define American
Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. Through event curation, media consulting and creation, and grassroots organizing, Define American jumpstarts widespread culture change around citizenship, race and identity in a changing America. It was founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. For more information, visit defineamerican.com.
About The Second City
Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire, building a robust $55 million business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theaters in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Additionally, Second City performs thousands of shows each year in regional theaters, colleges and performing arts centers. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that currently enrolls more than 11,000 students annually. The Second City also has a business division that works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in the areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services, and The Second City’s forays into television and new media continues to produce new content and programming, including the classic, Emmy Award-winning comedy series SCTV.
About The Harold Ramis Film School
Founded in 2016, the Harold Ramis Film School (HRFS) at The Second City is the only film school in the world focused entirely on comedy. Over the yearlong program, HRFS immerses aspiring filmmakers in comedy theory, comedic film production, screenwriting, improv, and storytelling through a unique teaching style inspired by the comedic legend and The Second City alumnus Harold Ramis. The methodology behind HRFS is true to the core values of its namesake, revolving around creative collaboration, an in-depth curriculum and hands-on mentoring from industry titans, many of whom sit on the institution’s advisory board.
About the Define American Film Festival
After seeing the impact of its award-winning pro Documented (CNN) and White People (MTV), Define American launched DAFF in 2016 amid growing anti-immigrant sentiment and debate over American values during the Iowa caucuses. Since then, DAFF has visited a new city every year, including Des Moines and Charlotte just last year. DAFF uniquely brings together journalists and experts in film and activism. DAFF is proud to have sold out 100% of its screenings, and accumulated more than a half-million views of streamed panel discussions, and over 9 million collective impressions across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. www.defineamerican.com/filmfest