The House That Theaster Built

The UK’s arts periodical The Art Newspaper overviews Rebuild Foundation founder Theaster Gates’s art practice and devotion to his community. “When I arrive at 6901 Dorchester Avenue at nine in the morning in August, the house is already buzzing with activity—I can hear the sound of a buzz saw upstairs. The building is due to… Learn More

ArtPlace Chicago on Black Cinema House

From ArtPlace, March 27, 2012:“Rebuild Foundation, an art and culture based nonprofit organization founded and led by artist Theaster Gates Jr., is currently reactivating an abandoned two story home in south side Chicago into a mixed used space for film and media based artists of color. The home is being called “Black Cinema House” (BCH)… Learn More

The Black Cinema Is… “The Story of a Three-Day Pass”

Romi Crawford, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, presents: Baadassssses, Blipsters, and New Waves: The Matter of Black Exceptionalism in Van Peebles’s Story of a Three-Day Pass We’ll be kicking off one of our most anticipated film series in late October. “The Black Cinema Is…” features a guest speaker who introduces a film he… Learn More

The Black Cinema Is… AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2 and Ronn Pitts

Ronn Pitts, pioneering filmmaker and professor at Columbia College, presents: “Tell Us What You Been Through”: American Revolution 2 and Observations of a Life in Film Join us for the second installment of the monthly series “The Black Cinema Is…” This month, pioneering African American filmmaker Ronn Pitts will introduce the 1969 documentary American Revolution… Learn More

Joy to You: Holiday Program at the Greater Grand Crossing Library

Join us for a holiday-themed film program at the Greater Grand Crossing branch of the Chicago Public Library. Our partners at the Chicago Film Archives have put together a fun wintry mix of live action films, animation, and classic television programs. Through rain, sleet, snow, or hail, come to the library for a retelling of… Learn More

The Black Cinema Is… Jacqueline Stewart Introduces “Cry of Jazz”

December’s installment of “The Black Cinema Is…” features Northwestern University professor Jacqueline Stewart’s introduction and discussion of Ed Bland’s groundbreaking 1959 semi-documentary Cry of Jazz. Made in Chicago, the film intercuts documentary scenes of inner-city life, a performance by Sun Ra and his Arkestra, and fictional scenes of an argument at an interracial party in… Learn More

“Chicago: Segregated City” at Greater Grand Crossing Library

The Black Cinema House is pleased to partner with Chicago documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films to present three of their classic films about segregation in Chicago, along with an exclusive sneak preview of 63 Boycott, their in-progress film about the 1963 boycott of Chicago Public Schools by thousands of African American parents and students. And we’re… Learn More