Imagination Music: Willie Wright and Willie Dixon

Nightsong (1964) and The Facts of Life (1982) Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House present two films about two Chicago artists from decades past. Although doo-wop and folk singer Willie Wright has all but disappeared into the vaults of Chicago’s recording artist history, Willie Dixon is a musical icon who occupies his own… Learn More

The Black Cinema Is… “Chameleon Street”

In the fifth installment of our series “The Black Cinema Is…” film scholar Michael B. Gillespie of Ohio University will be introducing and then leading a discussion on Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s 1989 film Chameleon Street. Chameleon Street won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival at a time when American independent… Learn More

Youth-Made Documentaries

We are proud to partner with two organizations dedicated to giving youth a voice through media production. These short-form videos and documentaries were made by west side youth enrolled in classes offered by the Better Boys Foundation and Free Spirit Media. The student projects focus on social issues and people of the Lawndale and Austin… Learn More

Fables of the Future: Animations by Adebukola Bodunrin

Chicago-based film, video, and installation artist Adebukola Bodunrin explores language, culture, and media in her collage animations, manipulating images using unorthodox manual and digital techniques in order to produce unexpected cinematic experiences. We’re proud to welcome her to the Black Cinema House for Fables of the Future, a selection of four films that find her… Learn More

L.A. Rebellion Filmmaker Discussion

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… Learn More