Montgomery to Memphis

Black Cinema House and Chicago Film Archives present a film program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Up is Down Millie Goldsholl, 1969, Color, Sound, 16mm transfer, 6.5min A short animated film that presents a study of an unconventional young boy who is temporarily persuaded to accept others’ viewpoints as his own. King: A… Learn More

Always for Pleasure & Dry Wood

To celebrate the beginning of the 2014 Carnival season, Black Cinema House presents two films by Les Blank (1935-2013), a renowned independent filmmaker whose poetic work offers intimate, idiosyncratic glimpses into the lives, culture, and music of passionate people at the periphery of American society. Topics have included Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Hawaiian, and Serbian-American music… Learn More

Uptight

UptightJules Dassin, 1968, 94 min. Uptight is an updated remake of John Ford’s 1935 film, The Informer. Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto and the Irish Republicans are replaced by black revolutionary fighters. Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed and itinerant steelworker who turns over his militant… Learn More

Three The Hard Way

Three The Hard WayGordon Parks, Jr., 1974, 93 min. Three The Hard Way is considered one of the classic action movies of the blaxploitation genre. Directed by the acclaimed Gordon Parks Jr., the film stars the three biggest black action stars of the era; Jim Brown as record producer Jimmy Lait, Fred Williamson as entrepreneur… Learn More

Naked Spaces: Living is Round

Naked Spaces: Living is RoundTrinh T. Minh-ha, 1985, 135 min. Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, Naked Spaces: Living is Round explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of Naked Spaces: Living is Round challenges… Learn More

Soul Healing Yoga

Soul Healing Yoga™ with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse… Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers,… Learn More

Black Orpheus

Black OrpheusMarcel Camus, 1959, 107 min. Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal… Learn More

Rebuild Monthly Public Tour

Rebuild Foundation’s spaces, including the Listening House, Black Cinema House, and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, are freely open to the public during our screenings and events, as well as by appointment. In addition, Rebuild currently hosts public tours on the last Saturday of every month. Tour space is limited and subject to change based… Learn More

Stony Island

Stony IslandAndy Davis, 1978, 97 min. Filmed on the gritty street of Chicago’s South Side, Stony Island tells the story of Richie Bloom (Richie Davis), the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward Stoney Robinson). With the help of their mentor, aging sax legend… Learn More

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise

Robert Mugge, 1980, 60 min. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s birth on May 22, 1914, Black Cinema House presents Robert Mugge’s iconic portrait of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in a brand-new Blu-Ray projection. With Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Mugge takes on a key figure in avant-garde jazz during the… Learn More

Purple Rain

Albert Magnoli, 1984, 111 min. Prince stars in this semi-autobiographical film about beating adversity and finding his funky, unique musical voice. Growing up in a dysfunctional Minneapolis home, young Prince must overcome his family struggles and a musical and romantic rival to pursue his two loves: a lovely young singer, and rock and roll. Gorgeously… Learn More

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives

Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:00pm! This first program of our summer film series looks at how the spoken and written word can give definition and power… Learn More

Killer of Sheep

Charles Burnett, 1977, 80 min. Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the… Learn More

Movies Under the Stars: The Poetry of the Ringside Warrior

Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:30pm! This second program of our summer film series looks at two poetic and provocative ringside warriors. Both Jack Johnson, the first… Learn More

Vanishing Pearls

Nailah Jefferson, 2014, 91 min. Vanishing Pearls is the story of paradise lost – an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between multinational oil and gas company BP plc (Beyond Petroleum) and a 300 person, Louisiana Gulf community dependant on oyster fishing. The battlefield is the Gulf coast of Louisiana, and the opening salvo was… Learn More

Dick Fontaine Jazz Shorts

Black Cinema House is proud to present a special screening for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring 3 short films by acclaimed British documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine. 2:00pm | Who’s Crazy? (1966, 27 min.) A meditation on freedom of expression with three avant-garde musicians, under the leadership of Ornette Coleman, as they make music for… Learn More

Car Wash

Michael Schultz, 1976, 97 min. Michael Schultz directed this kinetic, hyperventilating comedy (scripted by Joel Schumacher) concerning the crazed events that go on within a single 10-hour period at a Los Angeles car wash. The cast of colorful car-wash employees includes Lonnie (Ivan Dixon), an ex-con; Duane (Bill Duke), a militant black activist; and Lindy… Learn More

Putney Swope

Robert Downey Sr., 1969, 85 min. After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at… Learn More

Lord Thing

DeWitt Beall, 1970, 52 min. Produced at the height of the black power movement in the early ‘70s, this film is an insider history into the genesis and transformation of the Conservative Vice Lords gang. Partially shaped and told by by CVL members who also appear in the film, LORD THING is a unique and… Learn More

An Evening with Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu

An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusuin dialogue with Prof. Terri Francis, Indiana University Akosua Adoma Owusu is an American experimental filmmaker of Ghanaian descent who earned her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. Owusu is listed in HuffPost’s Top 30 Black Contemporary Artists under 40 to Know and her work is held… Learn More

KINOSONIK #1

Featuring live sound scores by Joseph Clayton Mills and Marvin Tate. In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives and Experimental Sound Studio, Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House presents KINOSONIK, a pilot project of live music/sound performances with cinema. Two pairs of collaborating sound/music artists, selected by ESS, will each spend 4 to 6 weeks studying and… Learn More

KINOSONIK #2

Featuring live sound scores by Olivia Block and Tomeka Reid. In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives and Experimental Sound Studio, Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House presents KINOSONIK, a pilot project of live music/sound performances with cinema. Two pairs of collaborating sound/music artists, selected by ESS, will each spend 4 to 6 weeks studying and working… Learn More

The Cool World

Shirley Clarke, 1963, 125 min. Shirley Clarke’s groundbreaking films, The Connection (1961), The Cool World (1964), and Portrait of Jason (1967) are New York time capsules that seem as radical today as when they first appeared. The first fiction film to be shot entirely on location in Harlem, The Cool World was based on a… Learn More