The Black Cinema Is… “Toxi”

By the early 1950s, the first wave of children of African-American occupation soldiers and white German women were ready to go to school in a nation that only recently had been dedicated to racialized genocide. As West Germany struggled to redefine itself as a modern nation, these five hundred children were the subject of fierce… Learn More

Black Radical Imagination

Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color. Specifically, in the film industry these restrictions are often digested and kept to propel a vicious cycle of negative identification. Black Radical Imagination invokes a futurist aesthetic where artists identify themselves and reclaim… Learn More

Movies Under the Stars: Blues Films

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… Learn More

Billy Woodberry Screening and Discussion

Filmmaker Billy Woodberry will stop by the Black Cinema House while he’s in town for the amazing “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” retrospective. At 7pm on Saturday, head over to the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago for a screening of his unmissable film Bless Their Little Hearts. But… Learn More

“Portrait of Jason,” at the Music Box

We are proud to co-sponsor this once-in-a-lifetime screening of Shirley Clarke’s film Portrait of Jason at the Music Box, 3733 North Southport Avenue, on Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm. Note: It was originally scheduled to show at the Portage, but the venue has changed. It’s presented by our friends at the Northwest Chicago Film Society… Learn More