An Evening with Ulysses Jenkins

Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist and muralist, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally. Since his early work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, Jenkins has been creating powerful work that critiques mass media representation (particularly of African American men) while exploring historical and spiritual resistances to state power… Learn More

May Day

Closing night reception of Nacelle: a video art exhibition by Marco G. Ferrari at Blanc Gallery! Come celebrate the last night of Ferrari’s exhibit with video installations that will be running continuously throughout the evening. At 9pm there will be a Live Audiovisual Outdoor Projection Performance by Marco G. Ferrari & musician Frank Orrall (of… Learn More

CFA Crashers: Lavon Nicole Pettis

This May Chicago Film Archives re-introduces their guest programmer series, CFA CRASHERS, at various locations around town. For the series CFA has invited some of their favorite locals into their vault to curate a film program all their own (absolutely no rules or strings attached). The general motivation behind the series remains the same: to… Learn More

Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

Part 2/3 of the Yvonne Welbon series! Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Born July 23, 1899, Ruth Ellis was thought to be the oldest “out” African American lesbian. Her story offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived… Learn More

The Bridge: Sonic Communion Exploratory Tour

Live Soundtrack with Projections by Marco Ferrari & special musical guest Yaw Agyeman! The Bridge is a transatlantic network for jazz & creative music. The Bridge #1: Sonic Communion Exploratory tour is composed of Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet, flugelhorn), Douglas R. Ewart (woodwinds), Joëlle Léandre & Bernard Santacruz (double bass), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion). For the… Learn More

An Evening with Yvonne Welbon

Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Black Cinema House is honored to have acclaimed filmmaker Yvonne Welbon present a retrospective of her films over the course of three evenings through June. In tonights program, Yvonne Welbon will screen films that she has directed and… Learn More

SURFACES Workshops with Marco Ferrari

Marco Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, is a local filmmaker who believes that art can connect us and our environment. The culmination of his fellowship is SURFACES: a film project about the Greater Grand Crossing area made up of videos made in collaboration with residents. He will project this film onto the… Learn More

Urban Renewal and its Aftermath

Presented by Judy Hoffman (University of Chicago) and Ronit Bezalel (filmmaker). Part of the South Side Projections series “The Streets and the Classroom: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive Social Change.” Postwar urban renewal programs redesigned the urban landscape, ostensibly to solve problems of overcrowding and decay in inner cities. Often this… Learn More

Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film

In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, Black Cinema House is proud to present Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film, a three-part film series that complements the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and explores how the formal and thematic concerns of filmmakers from the 1920s-1940s; including uses of… Learn More