Movies Under the Stars: Folktales and Folk Music

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Movies Under the Stars: Chicago Film Archives and Black Cinema House join forces to bring outdoor film screenings to Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Join us on select Fridays this summer for extraordinary and rarely seen films. Our Performance Series includes Duke Ellington’s 1964 tour of Japan, gospel and folktales from the Delta, and the 1976 Oscar-winning film “American Shoeshine.” A special screening of a Spencer Williams classic will cap off the Summer Cinema Series – 2013. Get relief from the heat under the stars with sights and sounds from our past.
The June edition of Movies Under the Stars features three films courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore.

HUSH HOGGIES HUSH: TOM JOHNSON’S PRAYING PIGS (1978), Center for Southern Folklore, 4 min. [presented on DVD, courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore]
A witty film about Tom Johnson’s remarkable hobby–teaching his pigs to pray before they eat. “Most everybody I know,” Johnson says, “Is amazed to see this.” And you’ll be amazed too.

ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT: MEMORIES FROM BEALE STREET MUSICIAN (1990), Robert Gordon & Louis Guida, 26 min. [presented on DVD, courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore]
A personal look at life on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, one of the legendary homes of the blues. B.B. King and Rufus “Funky Chicken” Thomas are among the featured musicians who practiced their craft on Beale Street and helped shape today’s jazz and blues.

GRAVEL SPRINGS FIFE AND DRUM (1972), David Evans, Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser, 10 min. [presented on DVD, courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore]
A compelling and award-winning portrait of Othar Turner, his music and their role in the Gravel Springs community. The film not only demonstrates how to make a cane fife, but also gets to the heart of both Turner and his fife and drum music as he’s shown performing at an annual Fourth of July picnic. (Description Courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore)

FANNIE BELL CHAPMAN: GOSPEL SINGER (1975), Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser, Bobby Taylor, 42 min. [presented on DVD, courtesy of the Center for Southern Folklore]
A profile of Mississippi gospel singer and folk healer Fannie Bell Chapman.

Rebuild Foundation Library House
6918 S. Dorchester Ave. in the back (across the street from Black Cinema House) in case of rain screening will move inside to Black Cinema House 6901 S. Dorchester