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


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

Filmmaking at BCH

We are in the midst of the spring session of the Self + Otherness Filmmaking Workshop, a free course that focuses on the production and theory of moving image based work, exploring how time and space are used as materials to create form and inspire content in film and video. These are introductory/intermediate level classes… Learn More

BCH Blog…And, We’re Back

Welcome back to the Black Cinema House blog, a platform for the diasporic cinematic universe. For those who are new to the BCH family let’s get you caught up. We are one part of Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit organization on Chicago’s South Side that produces free arts programming in the underinvested neighborhood we call home…. Learn More