Visual Repertoire for Video Artists

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants will learn how to build their internal library of image-based references using inspiration from the glass lantern slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Participants will also learn how to use… Learn More

Watermelon Man

Guest curator: Arts + Public Life Film Fellow Cam Be   White, loud-mouth suburban husband, father and businessman Jeff Gerber seems to have it all, until the day he wakes up black. Suddenly, he’s a white bigot in black skin who has to deal with a shocked family, intolerant neighbors, cold shoulders at the office… Learn More

Visual Repertoire for Video Artists

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants will learn how to build their internal library of image-based references using inspiration from the glass lantern slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Participants will also learn how to use… Learn More

Portrait of Jason: 50th Anniversary Screening

In celebration of 50 years of LGBTQ/SGL black Americans in cinema, Black Cinema House and the Chicago Center for H.I.V Elimination present Portrait of Jason, the provocative, ground-breaking 1967 film that influenced generations of queer cinema. For twelve hours over the course of an evening, director Shirley Clarke and her friends interviewed Jason Holliday about… Learn More

The Soul of It: Shinemen + American Shoeshine

“It’s in the jazz of it. It’s in the soul of it. Two people conversing. The back and forth of it.” George Bailey, Columbia College Chicago filmmaker Eleva Singleton presents Shinemen, a short documentary featuring Chicago shoe shine technician Bill Williams. Owner of two Chicago shoe-shine shops, Williams juggled his business while also working in… Learn More