George Tillman Jr

Writer, director and producer George Tillman, Jr. will be honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute on Friday, October 11 at this year’s  49th annual Chicago International Film Festival.

Jennifer Hudson, who stars in Tillman’s latest film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which will screen at at CIFF as well, will also be on hand for the gala red carpet tribute.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza, in announcing the award said, that as a producer, George Tillman, Jr. has played an important role in opening the doors of Hollywood to a new generation of African-American filmmakers and artists.

He also added that: As a writer and director, Tillman has told funny, inspiring and heartbreaking stories that capture the energy and complexity of the African-American experience. We are pleased and honored to present him with this award and we are also delighted to welcome back past Black Perspectives honoree Jennifer Hudson to the Festival. Hudson shares Tillman’s deep love for this city. I am quite sure this evening will be special for both of them.

Congratulations to George Tillman. Very well deserved!