Jewel’s Catch One

Acquired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay for ARRAY, JEWEL’S CATCH ONE explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club, as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams. Jewel provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Narrated by CCH Pounder, C. Fitz’s debut documentary… Learn More

BCH Mixtape: Vol. 4

BCH Mixtape: Vol. 4 is the next installment of the ongoing series, which showcases independent short films. It comprises a variety of moving image-makers, continuing Black Cinema House’ mission to uplift Black cinema. The BCH Mixtape series aims to particularly champion an array of works by independent creatives, reflecting the breadth of Black perspective and… Learn More

The Fits

“The Fits” is an indie mystery that tells the story of Toni, played by first – time actress Royalty Hightower, as an 11-year-old tomboy. While training at the gym, she becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to assimilate into the tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End, she finds herself caught up… Learn More

Angela Dugan + Justin Casselle

A double – feature of web-series from native Chicagoans Angela Dugan and Justin Casselle. Written, produced and directed by Angela Dugan under her production company, Dugalicious Entertainment, “The Cat Lady Chronicles” is a light-hearted four-episode webseries. Twenty-something year old cat lady, Catherine, navigates life and love in LA with the help, or rather distraction, of… Learn More


Directed by Lance Hammer, this haunting independent film was praised by critics and was nominated for Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. Set in the cold winter of a rural Mississippi Delta township, newly widowed and recovering addict Marlee, struggles to raise her young son, James, alone. Inconsolable over the death and unequipped to… Learn More

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that… Learn More

Black Orpheus

Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus retells the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to twentieth-century favelas of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Renown for its colorful and dynamic cinematography, costuming and soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural hit,… Learn More


A documentary that paints a complex portrait of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: the woman, the paradox, both exalted and villainized in the eyes of history.The award-winning documentary exposes the extent of the apartheid regime’s plan to neutralize her as a political force: a massive operation by the apartheid government to discredit and isolate Winnie, leaving South Africans… Learn More

George Washington

George Washington is considered one of the distinct works of contemporary American independent cinema. Its story occurs over the course of a hot summer in a decaying, rural town in North Carolina. After an unexpected tragedy, a band of children must confront a tangle of difficult choices. Known for its meditative realism and unique reflection on… Learn More

Viva Riva

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo.  With petrol in short supply in city’s capital, he and his sidekick plot to steal a secret cache – barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit. Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club girl named… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Crooklyn (PG-13)

In the 1970s, there were not many Black cinematic works that authentically illustrated the lives of Black women (aside from Ossie Davis’ Black Girl (1972) and the contentious Claudine (1974). Two decades later, Spike Lee revealed the semi-autobiographical CROOKLYN, a vibrant portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema Presents: ABC Mixtape: Vol. 1

For the sixth installment of Mixtape, Arts Bank Cinema will be broadcasting select shorts inspired by John H. Johnson and Johnson Publishing Co., including The Secret of Selling the Negro Market (1954), David Hartt’s Stray Light (2013) and much more treasurable footage. When John H. Johnson opened the doors to the Johnson Publishing Co. headquarters… Learn More

A Celebration: The Ebony Fashion Fair

Join us for a celebration of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Stony Island Arts Bank on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. We’ll exhibit gowns and posters from the annual fashion event launched in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and demo the iconic cosmetics line that the show inspired.  Following the… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Mahogany (PG)

Few Celebrities have covered JPC’s Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine as frequently and fashionably as the iconic, Diana Ross. For this installment of Arts Bank Cinema, we will be screening, Mahogany. In this 1975 romantic drama, Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a struggling fashion design student that enters a new world of fashion. Following the… Learn More

Sambizanga (NR)

Filmed in the Angola of 1961, Sambizanga is Sarah Maldoror’s first film, co-written by her husband, a leader in the Angolan resistance. The story focuses of a happy young African couple; one day the husband is arrested for political reasons and interrogated in the dreaded Luanda prison (with Introductory remarks by Arif Smith). Arif Smith… Learn More

Pan-African Festival of Algiers (NR)

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and… Learn More

Mama Africa (NR)

Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa. (This film is apart of the TRICONTINENTAL ’66 and OTHER… Learn More

Battle of Algiers (NR)

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers… Learn More

Panther (R)

Directed by Mario Van Peebles (son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles) and based on the novel by his father, Panther is the first narrative feature film to depict the Black Panther Party. In Panther, Peebles illustrates the rise and fall of the 1960’s black radical movement through the lens of Vietnam vet Judge… Learn More

Wattstax (R)

The Watts Riots of 1965 were the City of Los Angeles most crucial unrest until the Rodney King riots of 1992. To commemorate the seventh anniversary of the riots held in 1965, a benefit concert that took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was held featuring artists like Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Emotion,… Learn More

Black [POWER] Friday!

Do you know the history of Black Friday? Do you want an alternative to celebrating the capitalistic holiday that gives to corporations that doesn’t give back to us? Arts Bank Cinema will be screening The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011), John Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995), Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992) and other footage about the… Learn More

American Revolution II

American Revolution II begins by documenting the explosive confrontations between the Chicago police and protestors during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The filmmakers then move from these clashes to a nuanced, compelling, and very timely examination of the unlikely relationship that was developing between the Black Power movement in Chicago and the Young Patriots—a group… Learn More

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Additional screening times added: Friday, Dec. 7: 2:00PM, 5:00PM Saturday, Dec 8: 1:00PM, 4:00PM The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a… Learn More

#FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase

In partnership with the Community TV Network, the Stony Island Arts Bank is honored to present the #FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase. This screening will exclusively feature the short film works created by students in the #FramingSouthShore Media Program at South Shore International College Prep. Students have created short documentaries, exploring themes of: • Positive Body Image… Learn More

Night Catches Us (R)

Few Black Panther Party theatrical releases are written and directed by Black women. Night Catches Us (2010) is one of the few exceptions. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, Night Catches Us stars Kerry Washington as a widow of a slain Black Panther Party member and Anthony Mackie as a former Black Panther Party member… Learn More

The Preacher’s Wife (PG)

In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help – and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley (played by Denzel Washington). This holiday family comedy classic features an ensemble cast including Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Loretta Devine and Justin Pierre Edmund. Come out and enjoy a warm holiday feature film… Learn More