Black Cinema House

Black Cinema House hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about Black people and the issues shaping our lives. BCH also offers community video classes for youth and adults, encouraging our neighbors to explore their creativity, tell their own stories, and develop the skills to shape their own media images. Curated by film scholar Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, BCH welcomes a diverse range of audiences, film artists, experts, enthusiasts, and collaborating organizations to engage in lively conversation about the past, present and future of moving images.

Black Cinema House has evolved from outdoor screenings in the backyard behind Archive and Listening Houses on Dorchester Avenue, to a dedicated indoor space across the street, to a large screening room housed in a former Anheuser-Busch distribution facility.. In 2016, Black Cinema House programming expanded to sites across the South Side, including BING Art Books and the Stony Island Arts Bank.

Headquartered now at the Arts Bank, Black Cinema House programs span the spectrum from fiction to documentary to experimental, from silent classics to new works. Additionally, BCH@TheBank is daily series of video screenings open to Bank visitors, ranging from acclaimed pieces by accomplished artists to fresh new voices from the neighborhood. BCH also offers monthly screenings of local amateur films in partnership with the South Side Home Movie Project.


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Recent Blog Posts


Artist Statement: Ifeoma Nkemdi

Black Narcise: Love and Failing is a reflection of moments encountered. Taking bits and pieces, deconstructing and constructing… Playing with my memory. How do these moments participate with the image I have of myself? How does what others do and say affect my own sense of self and otherness.   It also is a quest… Learn More

Black Cinema House Joins the Bank

To close the year out strong, and to get ready for another exciting year for BCH, we have been invited to join the other fantastic programming happening at Stony Island Arts Bank. For the foreseeable future, Black Cinema House will be headquartered at Stony Island and 68th Street. As a library and a gallery, the… Learn More

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