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.

Movies Under the Stars: Dance Spirits | August 29

Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:30pm! This final program of our summer film series guides us into the otherworldliness of dance…where transcendental spirits meet and accopany the physicality of human movement.   Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives present a summer evening of magical dance films.  No better way to kiss the summer good-bye. Film details forthcoming…. Friday, August 29 at 9pm *** Join us at 8:30pm for a potluck-style dinner before the show. Bring a dish or two to share and visit with neighbors and friends while we wait for the summer sun to set. *** Archive House (back garden) 6916 S. Dorchester Ave. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP.
Vanishing Pearls | August 3

Vanishing Pearls | August 3

Nailah Jefferson, 2014, 91 min.  Vanishing Pearls is the story of paradise lost – an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between multinational oil and gas company BP plc (Beyond Petroleum) and a 300 person, Louisiana Gulf community dependant on oyster fishing. The battlefield is the Gulf coast of Louisiana,...
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Movies Under the Stars: The Poetry of the Ringside Warrior | July 18

Movies Under the Stars: The Poetry of the Ringside Warrior | July 18

Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:30pm! This second program of our summer film series looks at two poetic and provocative ringside warriors.  Both Jack Johnson, the first...
Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives | June 27

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives | June 27

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:00pm! This first program of our summer film series looks at how the spoken and written...
Killer of Sheep | July 6

Killer of Sheep | July 6

Charles Burnett, 1977, 80 min. Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth...
Purple Rain | June 15

Purple Rain | June 15

Albert Magnoli, 1984, 111 min. Prince stars in this semi-autobiographical film about beating adversity and finding his funky, unique musical voice. Growing up in a dysfunctional Minneapolis home, young Prince must overcome his family struggles and a musical and romantic rival to pursue his two loves: a lovely young singer, and rock and roll. Gorgeously...
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Robert Mugge, 1980, 60 min. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s birth on May 22, 1914, Black Cinema House presents Robert Mugge’s iconic portrait of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in a brand-new Blu-Ray projection. With Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Mugge takes on a key figure in avant-garde jazz during the...
Stony Island | May 11

Stony Island | May 11

Stony Island Andy Davis, 1978, 97 min. Filmed on the gritty street of Chicago’s South Side, Stony Island tells the story of Richie Bloom (Richie Davis), the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward Stoney Robinson). With the help of their mentor, aging sax...
Black Orpheus | April 6

Black Orpheus | April 6

Black  Orpheus Marcel Camus, 1959, 107 min. Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black...
Naked Spaces : Living is Round | March 16

Naked Spaces : Living is Round | March 16

Naked Spaces: Living is Round Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1985, 135 min. Shot with stunning elegance and clarity, Naked Spaces: Living is Round explores the rhythm and ritual of life in the rural environments of six West African countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso, Togo, Benin and Senegal). The nonlinear structure of Naked Spaces: Living is Round challenges the...
Montgomery to Memphis | January 19

Montgomery to Memphis | January 19

Black Cinema House and Chicago Film Archives present a film program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Up is Down Millie Goldsholl, 1969, Color, Sound, 16mm transfer, 6.5min A short animated film that presents a study of an unconventional young boy who is temporarily persuaded to accept others’ viewpoints as his own. King: A Filmed...
Three The Hard Way | March 2

Three The Hard Way | March 2

Three The Hard Way Gordon Parks, Jr., 1974, 93 min. Three The Hard Way is considered one of the classic action movies of the blaxploitation genre. Directed by the acclaimed Gordon Parks Jr., the film stars the three biggest black action stars of the era; Jim Brown as record producer Jimmy Lait, Fred Williamson as entrepreneur Jagger Daniels,...