Movies Under the Stars: Shorts in anticipation of Chicago’s Jazz Festival


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.” Get relief from the heat under the stars with sights and sounds from our past.
DUKE ELLINGTON SWINGS THROUGH JAPAN (1964), Produced by Isaac Kleinerman for CBS News,(from the Chicago Public Library Collection), 25 min. [presented on DVD]
Presents a portrait of American Jazz Musician Duke Ellington and his fourteen musicians as they tour Japan in 1964. Part of the CBS News series “The 20th Century” narrated by Walter Cronkite.

ROBERTA FLACK (1971), Produced & Written by Cherrill Anson, Directed & Edited by David W. Powell (from the Chicago Public Library Collection), 29 min. [presented on DVD]
A portrait of the American singer, songwriter and musician Roberta Flack. The film combines candid interviews with Roberta alongside footage of her performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and at Mr. Henry’s in Washington, DC.

DIFFERENT DRUMMER: ELVIN JONES (1979), Directed by Edward Gray (from the Minnesota State University Collection), 29 min. [presented on DVD, courtesy of Edward Gray]
An exploration of the musical imagination of the talented jazz drummer Elvin Jones (1927-2004), whose list of collaborators include John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. The film traces the origin, arrangement, and performance of an original Elvin Jones composition, while also presenting personal scenes of Jones at church and with his family.

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