The Black Cinema Is… “The Monkey Hustle”

Older Chicago residents may remember the long-threatened “Crosstown Expressway” that the first Mayor Daley wanted to build. It was to connect the southernmost point of the Dan Ryan with the Kennedy in an L-shaped loop that would run west along 75th and then north along Cicero. It would have meant the destruction of 30,000 residences,… Learn More

Return of Blacklight: “Ashes and Embers”

Haile Gerima (Bush Mama) returned to the big screen with this dreamlike exploration of a black Vietnam veteran’s attempts to re-enter everyday life. John Anderson plays Ned Charles, who wanders ghostly streets looking for direction but finds police brutality and disillusionment. Ashes and Embers played at the very first Blacklight Film Festival in 1982. Festival… Learn More

Movies Under the Stars: Folktales and Folk Music

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… Learn More

Radical Speculation: Design as Film

Bringing an eclectic selection of documentaries, features, and vignettes to Black Cinema House, the series Image, Building, Object: Exploring Architecture and Design on Film demystifies the process of how our objects, furniture, and buildings come into existence and simultaneously reveals how designers and architects have used film as a medium for expression and experimentation. The… Learn More