Spring is bringing Chicago a special treat: the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have teamed up to bring to town UCLA’s fantastic “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” retrospective. The screenings start next week and will continue into the summer; we’ll have more details as they become available. We’re taking this opportunity to invite some of these immensely important filmmakers to the Black Cinema House for screenings and discussions. The official description of the movement, borrowed from the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Conversations at the Edge:
“In the 1970s and 80s, a group of young African and African American filmmakers emerged from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a body of provocative and visionary works that would have a radical impact on black cinematic practice and alternative filmmaking in the U.S. Now referred to as the L.A. Rebellion, these artists took up urgent social and cultural dynamics of their time, including Black activism and militancy, everyday life, and spirituality to forge a cinema responsive to the lives and concerns of African American communities and the African diaspora.”
The Chicago screenings start Thursday, March 28 at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, where Conversations at the Edge welcomes (with our support) filmmakers O.Funmilayo Makarah, Barbara McCullough, and Ben Caldwell for a screening of short works by them and other L.A. Rebellion filmmakers, including Julie Dash and Elyseo J. Taylor. Jacqueline Stewart of Northwestern University moderates the discussion.
On Friday, March 29 at 7pm, join us at the Black Cinema House for another screening and wide-ranging discussion with Makarah, McCullough, and Caldwell. Jacqueline Stewart will again moderate as these three discuss the parallels and differences between their post-L.A. Rebellion careers, highlighting their artistic and community collaboration and outreach.
Black Cinema House
6901 S. Dorchester Ave.