Black Cinema House

Black Cinema House hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about people of the African diaspora, and offers video classes to neighborhood youth, teaching the next generation to make their own films and tell their own stories. The first iteration of Black Cinema House originally was located across the street from the Archive and Listening Houses on Dorchester Avenue. Due to the limited capacity of this venue, however, Black Cinema House migrated to its new home at 7200 S. Kimbark, formerly an Anheuser-Busch distribution facility, in the fall of 2014. In 2016, Black Cinema House programming has expanded to satellite sites across the South Side, including the Stony Island Arts Bank.

At the Arts Bank, Black Cinema House presents BCH@TheBank, a series of drop-in screenings ranging from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood. In May BCH@TheBank will include screenings of works by Self + Otherness film workshop participants, the South Side Home Movie Project and Xavier Wrona, a fall 2015 artist-in-residence with Rebuild. For details, see our events page.


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Recent Blog Posts


Boycott and a Boombox: Do the Right Thing at BING

For the month of July, Black Cinema House hosted a series of screenings at BING Art Books on Garfield called Summer of Spike. With a line-up of four films, we looked at several moments in the career of Spike Lee, a longtime Knicks season ticket holder and a filmmaker known for his bold depictions of… Learn More

Chelsea Williams On…’On the Beat’ & ‘Lady Sing the Blues’

This past week, Darren and I began teaching the youth workshop on film and music videos. The form of the class so far has been to show our students videos we think they would gain something from in analyzing their technique, then discuss how they will use those techniques in the videos they will be… Learn More

Chelsea Williams On…Creating for Your Screen

Hey everybody, It’s Chelsea. July has been a great month for Black Cinema House. And as my first completed month as an intern it has been a great ride learning about the ins and outs of this organization. Last Thursday we finished the Spike Lee series with ‘Jungle Fever’. And we have a lot to… Learn More

BCH Summer Intern: Chelsea Williams

Hey, name is Chelsea and I’m the Black Cinema House (BCH) intern this summer for the Rebuild Foundation. Before my time at Rebuild, though I had been by the Bank and was familiar with the organization, I, like other people, wasn’t fully acclimated with the Rebuild model yet. But in the first couple weeks of… Learn More