Chicago documentary ‘City So Real’ sets local premiere at Davis Theatre in April

The four-part series from “America to Me” director Steve James, about the 2019 mayoral election and the Laquan McDonald murder, will be part of the Doc10 festival.

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At the Sundance Film Festival screening of “City So Real” episodes, director Steve James (center) was joined by Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia and commentator Maze Jackson.

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“City So Real,” the high-profile documentary series about Chicago’s 2019 mayoral race and the murder of Laquan McDonald murder, will have its local premiere next month at the Doc 10 festival.

The four-episode, 260-minute series is scheduled for an 11 a.m. showing on April 19 at the Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square, followed by a Q&A with its Oscar-nominated director, Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “America to Me”).

That will be six weeks after the world premiere of the full series, which takes place Saturday at the True/False Festival in Columbia, Missouri.

Two episodes were screened at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival in January, where an Indiewire reviewer proclaimed the project “a flat-out must-see.”

There has been no announcement of a TV partner to air or stream the series. James’ previous production — “America to Me,” focusing on Oak Park-River Forest High School — played on Starz in 2018, but James has said that cable network isn’t interested in “City So Real.”

For more films at Doc 10, see www.doc10.org/

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